Sometimes, I wish there had been a Facebook equivalent back in 1999-2000, as I would probably have kept in touch with some of the random people I met while traveling on what one might consider my first “world tour.” For example, there was at least one that might still be on my list.
When we arrived in Jordan, a local family had set up a small food stand on the pier. It didn’t have much at first… a grill and such… but as the three weeks progressed, the shop got progressively bigger and busier. Having over 2,000 captive customers almost certainly got them a significant amount of business… I heard a rumor that when we left, the shopkeeper was going to retire on the money he’d raised from our visit.
The most interesting memories of Jordan that I have, at least as far as I am concerned, are the conversations with the young shopkeeper (20’s) who ran a shop for his father. We chatted about Jordan, mostly, discussing differences between America and Jordan, I think… though I do not quite recall what we discussed in detail. He claimed to be a cousin of the king and invited me and my co-worker to dinner… alas, dinner started too late for us as we had to be in by midnight per ship rules.