Going home

Jessica and Amy at Iraq el Amir

I just got my exit permit — my ticket to freedom out of this country — so we are all set to go to Amman. Three days left ladies and gentlemen … three days!

I’m really looking forward to this trip and excited most of all about spending the festive holiday season with my family and friends. I’m also looking forward to our first Jordanian bloggers meeting. After almost five months of our blogging exchange we will finally meet. It should be a memorable experience.

But of all those things that I can’t wait to do in Amman and all the people that I’m pining to spend time with, I just can’t wait to see my wonderful nieces Jessica and Amy.

By Natasha Tynes

I’m a Jordanian-American journalist, writer, and media development professional based in Washington, DC.


  1. Yeah-cheerful and beautiful! Natasha, they’re gorgeous! I’m sure you’ll come back with lots of poop and naughty stories.

  2. Arash,
    all expats in Qatar and in other countries in the Gulf need an approval from their sponsor to leave the country. Sounds like a prison no? Well, i can understand this as some may flee the country owing people large sums of money.

  3. Huh, interesting. But, how can they prohibit you from leaving if there isn’t a formal complain filed? Don’t they still check your name in their database at the airport? If I owned someone a lot of money and didn’t want to pay up, I’d just get on a fishing boat and go the next country. If this is an approval from your sponsor, then it merely transfers the responsibility. And the sponsor’s supposed to be responsible anyways, seems redundant to me.
    Did you do this for your trip to the UAE as well?
    BTW, your nieces are cute. Is this Amman? I see hills, does it snow often?

  4. well you have to get the permit when you leave the country regardless of where you go, so yes I had to do the same for Dubai.
    Yeah the pictures of my nieces were taken in Amman inside an ancient castle called Iraq Al Amir. It snows in Amman almost every winter. We are hoping to get some while we are there;-)

  5. They are SO adorable!!!
    Safe travels and enjoy your visit to Jordan.
    Am I safe to assume that you’ll be posting from Jordan?

  6. Natasha,
    your nieces are so cuteeeee! While you are in Amman, make sure to eat a piece of Knafa and a shawarmeh sandwich for me from one of those street vendors who are always smoking while they cook. I always see this image in videos my cousisn take when they travel there! HEHE! Hope you enjoy the holidays with your family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  7. Luai,
    Yeah I will do my best to post from Jordan. Actually I look forward to that as there are always many interesting things to talk about while I’m in Jordan. The only problem is that I will be using a dial up conncetion, something which I haven’t done in a while, so it will be kind of frustrating for me after getting spoiled by the ADSL connection here.
    Ha haha you are very observant. I think almost every shawerma boy in Jordan smokes while preparing this delicacy. “Shawerma reem” in the second circle area is one example but I still love it lol. Merry Christmas to you too;-)

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