Today is the day no 27 AJ (After Jordan), and I’ve somehow gotten used to the idea that I’m back in Finland. One of the biggest differences is the amount of light: in Northern Finland (in other words, Lapland) the sun doesn’t even set.
However, some things still feel a bit weird after getting used to my life in Amman. Here are my top 5:
1) Wait, you don’t eat all the food with a spoon? Or with bread? What is this thing called ‘fork’?
2) There are actual pedestrian crossings so you don’t have to jump into the current of cars and hope for the best. Not gonna miss you, Dakhliyya circle! So, while driving I also almost forget this rule… (Though I visited my hometown in Western Finland, where this rule does not apply)
3) Cucumbers and zucchinis are huge. Making kousa is gonna be tricky.
4) Oh, dear are those booty shorts? Is that tiny piece of fabric called a shirt? I can see more than I really want to. Sun’s out, buns out!
5) You have to do everything by yourself. Fill up the gas in your car? Out you go, even in the rain. Pack your groceries? Try not to make a line behind you. You can even pay your things without having to face a person. Finns have really used the concept of self-service to avoid human contacts.
Of course, there are similarities too. Everyone is listening to Despacito. And sunsets are pretty spectacular: