When we arrived back in Jordan we discovered that the government had declared Wednesday a public holiday because of the impending snowstorm. We were cynical at first – “how could they be sure that the storm would arrive on Wednesday?” – but it did.
Unlike countries that receive regular snow, Jordan’s 2-3 days of snow per year bring the whole place to a standstill. Very few have central heating, so there are queues to buy gas and the supermarkets were packed with customers.
Yesterday and today have extremely peaceful, with most people staying at home (as advised by the government!) and catching up on sleep.
We’ve had the joy of visiting some neighbours who we hadn’t seen for a while.
There’s an old Arabic proverb, roughly translated “choose your neighbours before you choose your home”. It emphasises that it’s more important to have good neighbours than that your house is in perfect condition.
We’ve been blessed with very good neighbours who are always ready to offer us hospitality, or help us with any questions or needs we have.