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not to mention the terrain and the road network
Yep Amman is too hilly to save on gas
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Actually it started in Tchad then I kept at it as traveled throughout the ME and North Africa.
You know what? The majority of non-Arab expats here don't even bother to learn beyond marhaba and shukran, although most of them stay/intend to stay for years.

Did you spend a lot of time in Arab countries?
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Yep Amman is too hilly to save on gas
Too hilly to drive sometimes. When I trained for my driver's license, my instructor used to take me to strange streets that she called 'first gear only', if you shift up to second, there's no way the car can do it.
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It's not how long I stayed in any country but it's how much time I spent with the locals and wanting to learn from each one things that would enrich my life. It was time well spent and I appreciate what I gained.
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I'm glad you liked your experience.

I know it's nosy of me, but what do you think of Islam? Was it present in people's life from your perspective?
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I'm glad you liked your experience.

I know it's nosy of me, but what do you think of Islam? Was it present in people's life from your perspective?
Islam was large part of their lives for sure. I respected their beliefs and they respected mine; I never had a conflict but heated discussions yes. I noticed that comparing religions is a major preoccupation but I always managed to find common grounds so we can steer conversations more towards personal issues.
One of the most touching moments was in Al Gassim in Saudi Arabia; they wanted me to sit with them after they prayed and have a heart to heart discussion about religion. I surprised everyone when I did a "wuthou" out of respect without anyone telling me that I should. I swear I saw tears in some of the most rugged men you will ever meet. Oh, then we had an AK47 party
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Al Gassim? I think they're among the most religious in Saudi Arabia. And yes, when it comes to religion, you'll see tears. I saw my share in Hajj. I can't say I wasn't surprised.

So, they tried to convert you?
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LOL, no they didn't try to convert me but I assure you they would have loved it and would have kept me and married me to a local babe LOL. I like to mingle with people but on that day I didn't feel like going tribal and change my name to Al Harbi or something like that LOL
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Haha.. maybe 4 and the girls wouldn't mind as long as you were the pious new Muslim.
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Haha.. maybe 4 and the girls wouldn't mind as long as you were the pious new Muslim.
hehehehe, missed my chance Oh, well at least I saved on Aspirin
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