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Dining-out – Turkish restaurant was our favorite

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Dining-out was a routine every Wednesday after work before the weekend, Thursday and Friday. We carried our bandana and abayas to work. We were required to wear them whenever we were in public places. Our departure time from work was scheduled such that we would be inside the restaurant during prayer time. All businesses closed during prayer times, five times a day.

Weeks after our arrival, the recruits made a point to dine out every Wednesday. We went to restaurants that allowed men and women. The Turkish was our favorite. There were good selections of food. The coffee was very strong, but majority of diners loved it. I tried it once and could not handle it. Most of the time the food were served before the lights were turned off. We would light the candles we carried with us and dined.

During this times we shared our experiences at work. Some encountered problems mostly with their American supervisors. In my case, my male co-worker who tried to dominate and boss me around in spite of the fact that my grade was higher than his. The majority of the recruits enjoyed their work and were adapting to the environment.

Dining-out every Wednesday went on for a while. Within the next three months since our arrival, some recruits decided to go back to the states, they could no longer handle their problems at work. Those were sad days. Although some expatriates came with their families, majority were alone. Our friends became our families, sharing good and bad times.

Dining out   Turkish restaurant was our favorite

After a while, I routinely dined with my Lebanese and American friends. We tried different restaurants like Chinese, Shang Hai and Gulf Royal for Chinese food. Bangkok for Far Eastern. Fil-Thai restaurant in Amman served hot food but would served mild food if requested.

Just to get together, we would dine at the hospital’s restaurant. They served good selections of food and we didn’t have to wear our scarves and abayas. Other times we ordered fast food and ate it at our building’s dining area.