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deb568 posted on the thread my choice would be Glasgow on the Glasgow forum

You could try the Greek Orthodox Church. They're in Kelvingrove, near to the city, 27 Dundonald Rd, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 9LL ‎. http://www.stluke.org.uk/ The Greek School is based at the church. They have some links on their site:- http://www.greekschoolofglasgow.org.uk/news.html There's plenty of Greek restaurants in Glasgow. Elia's is pretty good. (24 George Square, in the city centre, but be warned - the "city centre" goes for blocks and blocks in all directions :-) On the south side, there's Frosoulla's. In mention it because they have a good greek delicatessan just across the road. If you check out Google Earh, - the address is 39 Sinclair Drive, Langside (off Battlefield Road), Frousoulla's looks like a construction site (just next to the pharmacy) but it is finsihed now. Accorss the road is a small place called the Golden Kebab. This is now the deli. My advice is don't go to either of these places, especially Frosoulla's unless you are starving. Their portion sizes are amazing. If you feel like volunteering, there's a might shelter - I think it is now in the Westend - for homeless/destitute people. I know it's not to everyone's taste but it is a good way to meet people. http://unitycentreglasgow.org/?page_id=474 There's also the Scottish Hellenic Scoirty. http://scottishhellenicsociety.org.uk/index.html They are based in Edinburgh but may be able to give you good links to the Glasgow greek scene.

deb568 posted on the thread about to marry a jordanian man... on the Amman forum

mabdallah wrote:

Depends, if your a simple person, go for it. Best culture to raise your kids.

Seriously? In what way? Most western women are from countries where it is definitely not okay to abuse children in the classroom, especially physically. In the U.K. teachers are not even allowed to touch children, let alone hit them, a law I approve of. As to the example Arab men give their sons, I doubt if most western women would want their sons growing up into mysogynists, who think it's okay to put their wives at the bottom of the pack when it comes to considering their needs and carrying out their duties towards their wives. I don't want my children growing up to be so selfish that they value their cigarettes ahead of food for their family.

She wouldn't be staying in a bad relationship to protect the family's honour; it's to save her own life and protect her children. Are you suggesting just because a woman is a foreigner, she would be willing to escape back to her own country, leaving her children behind? Seriously? And how exactly is she meant to obtain foreign passports for her children? The days of children travelling on their parents passports are well and truly over. A lot of these women have no access to funds of their own. Being a foreigner doesn't exclude you from this. In fact it could make it even more likely than a local girl not having her own funds or at least access to them. They can't work. Even if they could get work, often their lack of arabic precludes them from getting a job. Even if you have a family overseas who are willing and able to send air tickets for you and your children, there's a huge proviso; you have to get your children and yourself to the relevant embassy first. How exactly do you propose that the woman manage this, particularly if she has no funds, is miles away from Amman and her every move is watched by the extended family like a hawk? Bluntly, until you find yourself in this position, I don't think you are in a position to judge.

deb568 posted on the thread Whats your favorite arabic dish on the Jordan forum

Tonight kofta and musakhan. Dejaj Mahshi: Rub the chicken with lemon and leave it standing for a while. Rub the inside and the outside with salt. And maybe some nutmeg if you have it. Then fry some beef mince with butter, quite high heat, until it's not so dry. Add salt, peper and allspice to taste. Add the rice to the pan and mix it in. Add a cup or so of hot water, for the rice. Cook for a little while, just until the rice is half cooked. maybe 5 or 10 minutes. Fry some pine nuts and mix in with the stuffing mixture. Put this mixture inside the chicken. Close it off at the end, with a couple of matchsticks. Cook, covered, in the oven for around an hour. Then uncover and cook some more, until the chicken is browned a bit, basting the chicken along the way. Sumaghiyyeh: Soak the chick peas overnight, and remove the skins the next day. Grind the sumac and soak it in water. Takes a while. Mix this with some tahina and add more water and a bit of flour, jjust to make it thicker. Fry some silverbeet (the one with red stems is nicer, maybe in the Middle East the English word for this is chard? Stew the beef separately, and slowly so it is really tender, can be together with the chickpeas if cooking the chickpeas from scractch. Add salt and pepper to taste and maybe a bit of chilli powder. Fry some garlic separately, maybe together with some fresh chilli if you like food to be spicy. I don't like dill, but some people add chopped dill to the dish. Mix the ingredients together. Can be eaten cold, with pita bread. I like it warm, but it's usually cold. Sorry for the vagueness of the recipes. I'm married to a chef - i don't like cooking. So this is all just from memory. I know the process, but not the quantities, because everything seems to be done on smell and taste when men cook this kind of food. Usually my husband cooks. It depends who is in and who is eating at home. And some things, like molokheyah soup with chicken, or lentil soup, or meatballs with yoghurt soup he makes enough for two or three days because these dishes, if they are there we all won't want any other thing to eat. Things with sumac - that seems to be a woman's ingredient. Something I really like but he is less keen on. Every now and then I get a craving. I'm not so into mansaf. The taste is nice, but such a big dish, with huge chunks of meat. Reminds me of tigers when I see it! A dish for the guys maybe. The men in our family don't seem to like vegetarian things as much as the women. Like things wrapped in grape leaves, something else I get a craving for now and then.

To me, it's the fathers who are primarily to blame, not the mothers. The sons are learning abusive behaviour, from seeing how their fathers treat their mothers. Seeing the disrespectful attitudes of the men when/if the women speak up for themselves is a case in point. Domestic violence in the Middle East is also a big problem. Men seem to use physical violence against their wives as a way of releasing the pressures they are enduring from not being able to "keep up with the Joneses" in their own lives. Say a guy can't provide for his family adequately. Sometimes he will end up taking his inadequacies out on his family, beating his wife and/or his children. Do that in the West and you end up in jail. Do it in the Middle East and your brothers in Islam respect you for "being a man". At the same time, he manages to shift the blame, from other men's point of view, away from himself and to his wife, for being greedy/provoking him/having ideas above her station/making unreasonable demands on him. Is it any wonder their sons grow into men who have no respect for women?

Primadonna wrote:

Gosh, this sounds so familiar... ;) This is what I heard all over the time. Guess who are responsible in the first place :unsure

If you're prepared to be a housewife and bring up your children for the rest of your life, not working outside the home, fair enough. Not all of us want that kind of lifestyle. Especially if it could involve being supported by a man other than our husbands or our fathers/fathers in law. What happens, for instance, if your good for nothing husband takes off, leaving you with insufficient funds, and you have to go to another family member and beg - yes, beg - for money to feed your children? How exactly is the woman responsible for that situation? How would she have "known" to expect that behaviour.situation, prior to coming to Jordan? Arab men in general have silvery tongues. They absolutely have the gift of the gab. How is the woman responsible, when she trusts him and comes to Jordan with their children, only to discover her husband morphs into a selfish man, who cares only for his own needs and enjoyment and puts his wife and children well and truly last? How exactly is it the wife's fault? Have you any idea how racist some Arabs can be? You may not have been exposed to it, lucky you, but some of us have.

The Middle East is a male society. Be prepared. The guy you cared and shared with in the West may dissolve before your eyes as soon as you get off the plane in Amman. The women for the most part are lovely. The men? Charming they may be, - it is kind of nice to be in a place where men are usually smiling and laughing - but OMG, their selfishness takes my breath away. Their cigarettes - the usual drug of choice - before food for their children. So much for the Koran, and specifically avoiding substances that harm the self and others. No money for the doctor if their children are sick, even if they have that money in their pockets. Coming home at all hours and wanting fresh food cooked, when the whole house is sleeping. Lords of the manor who think their children should be their personal servants. Guys who think nothing of decamping for a wedding, way down south somewhere - who knows what branch of that family that is, for days at a time - leaving their wives with no money for the housekeeping. What kind of man takes their money for another family, leaving their own immediate family without enough money for food? Just for the sake of status and face. They must be seen to be generous! All form and no substance.

deb568 posted on the thread Whats your favorite arabic dish on the Jordan forum

Monday (and the next day and the next if my children had their way :-) Upside down chicken and rice (Maqloobeh). With Molokhia soup. And Fattoush. Tea made with mariamiya (sage). Kanaafeh for dessert. On Tuesday, - Musakhan (chicken and onions, on a flatbread base. Yum!).... Wednesday - Dejaj Mahshi (chicken stuffed with rice) Katayef for dessert. Why wait for Ramadan? Thursday - Kofte, either baked in the oven with tomatoes on top, or made into meatballs, in a yoghurt soup (shishbarak). Friday - Sumaghiyyeh (beef and bean stew) OMG, I do love this dish, but for some reason it seemed to be rarely eaten in Jordan. Some of the family knew what it was but had never eaten it. Saturday (and every other day as an accompaniament) Bamia (Okra stew) Sunday - Lentil Soup (Shorbat adas) Mujaddara (rice and brown lentils - vegetarian) with everything.

deb568 posted on the thread about to marry a jordanian man... on the Amman forum

Welcome, GoddessMari, and good luck with your visit to Jordan. And more than good luck if you decide to move to Jordan to settle. In some ways Krisrani is right - we should have all been better prepared and done a bit more research into the whys and wherefores, not to mention the life we might find once we arrived in the Middle East. The person you might have thought you had a lot in common when you first met might become someone, after two or three years of living in the Middle East, that you only have your children in common with. In my experience, Arab men living in the West don't like to be alone. What are the choices, if they don't want to live like monks? The less religious ones will live like a whore and go with whores, no thought of marriage in their minds. The ones who want to stay in step with their religion will look for a wife instead, maybe even through one of the local mosques. But it doesn't then always follow that they will be committed to that wife beyond their stay in the foreign country, even if there are children involved. If their wife, on arrival back in Jordan, doesn't adapt to their liking, they could well abandon that wife and move on. They don't even ahve to divorce. There's nothing to stop them taking a 2nd, 3rd and 4th wife. And just so you know, the pressure on some men to do exactly that can be intense. Not just for cultural reasons but because there are 25 million women of marriageable age throughout the Middle East who don't have partners. And for goodness sake, if you do decide to move to the Middle East, make sure you have your own income. I've got a friend down south who lives in Lebanon. Every year, she comes back here to visit, and transfers £1,000 from her account here to her HSBC account in Beirut. She doesn't have rent to pay. Nor does she buy food for the house. So she doesn't need to transfer the equivalent of a wage. But that's enough money so that, if she wants to do or buy something for herself, she can. At some point, her money could run out. She said she figures she can eke it out for another 5 years or so. I've introduced her to Swagbucks, Clixsense and Neobux, so she can reverse the trend a bit and earn some money online whilst she is in Beirut. Thank goodness for the internet, Paypal and enterprising Americans! At least we can all earn a living online, wherever we live.

deb568 posted on the thread about to marry a jordanian man... on the Amman forum

LordMaxmillean wrote:

why you take it personally ? we talk here in general and no one attack any one , we all have up's and down's in our life's (family,work,marriage) but sharing our experiences does not necessarily mean that all men is like your husband , and on first base marriage relation is not financial or based on money relation , its souls harmony so if you didn't feel this harmony from the start you should not go on . all respect to you and everyone , lets keep our conversation healthy and helpful and I'm very sure that there is many hands extended to help you as my hand .

You think it isn't personal. When rude people like Kristina call me "silly" and put down women like Shirley49 who are going through difficulties? Here's a point of view from one of my own family, a male cousin: "Jordanian and Palestinian men would not marry a foreigner unless they couldn't make a suitable match with someone from their own race (yes, he said "race" - so much for the great muslim brother and sisterhood)." So what should we foreigners take from that? That our partners weren't considered decent enough men to be acceptable to their cousins or other potential matches?

deb568 posted on the thread about to marry a jordanian man... on the Amman forum

Hi Kristina, Sorry to say, but you sound young. When you have been married into a Jordanian family getting on for 30 years, as I have, then lets compare experiences. Also, education makes a lot of difference. You say you are in an educated open minded family. And that your husband was already Swiss when you met him, so presumably living in Switzerland for a long time before you met him? As for calling me silly, that is really rude. Like I say, when your experience parallels my own, and some of the other women on here, that hasn't matched your own experience, maybe you'll come off your high horse and stop looking down on the rest of us. I had a friend in lebanon who felt very much like you. But here's the thing, you see it only from your side. This girl would say to her sister in law, to whom she was close, that it was like they had always known each other and that they would have met and been close friends even if she wasn't married to the brother. Mmm, you know what the sister in law told me? If it weren't for her brother being married to a foreigner she would probably never have met any foreigners. Yes, they are friendly, but from her point of view, if it weren't for the girl living in Beirut, probably she would not even think about her often, much less miss her. In my experience, there were, and probably still are, two groups of women married to local boys - those who had cars, could afford everything, including to live in nice houses in good areas, could fill up their cars without thinking about the cost and shopped at supermarkets like C-town and the like, who sometimes worked and had their children in good private schools, and if they felt like a visit home, would just hop on a plane, without a thought as to the cost, ebcause they could afford it. You sould like you come from that kind of family, and good luck to you if you do. Foreigners who have never set a foot inside one of the camps, much less the informal settlements where sewage runs in the streets in bad weather, let alone done anything to help the people there. Then there's the other girls, who married boys from East Amman or the camps, where you can't walk alone in the streets, where even groups of women don't go by unchallenged, where it takes weeks before strangers know who you are and leave you alone when you go to buy bread, or vegetables from the market. Houses where there is little or no heating in the winter because there isn't the money for the gas. Where people don't take themselves or their children to the doctor when they are sick, because they can't afford the cost of the visit, much less the medicine. When your family has as many widows as mine, then let's compare.

It's possible, but usually many of the women in the family know what is going on but none of the men. Or if they do know, they keep quiet about it. The problem is once it is over and the man is reined in by his family and married off to one of them, the girl could be left with no one to marry. Of course the males in the family who are looking for mates will consult their mothers who basically do the matchmaking. The mothers, obliquely or directly, will steer their sons away from the girl in question. Middle Eastern families are one big secret. If the guy is the one playing around, all of the men will know for sure, but possibly none of the women will know, not even his mother. If the girl is playing around, with a relationship outside the family, the women may know but for sure will keep quiet, (unless they don't like or are jealous of the girl, then it's a whole different story) but everyone will be on edge, because if she is seen with him in public there will be a very big mess.

deb568 posted on the thread A Pakistani dating a Jordanian Man on the Jordan forum

It depends. If you are marrying a man from a well educated family, they may not care what race his partner is as long as she is muslim and preferably practising. But be warned, I have some experience of muslim girls from India and China marrying Jordanians and Palestinians from Jordan and moving to Jordan to live. In both cases, when I met their mothers in law, they both described their daughter in law as "sawda", complaining how dark skinned they were compared to whites. And they both put their sons under pressure to marry a second, "more suitable" wife.

deb568 posted on the thread Rights of an American mother in Jordan on the Amman forum

I'm not sure if you have this in the States, but you should register your child with whatever authority you need to to ensure your ex doesn't kidnap your child and try to slip across the border with him. And once he is at school, make it clear to the school that your husband does not have the right to pick up your son or be alone with him. Hopefully at some point your ex will return to his home country and start again. But just remember, his whole family will be committed to rescuing the son from you, having heard, and belived, his tales of woe. So he could go back but a cousin/uncle/father could come in his place.

deb568 posted on the thread about to marry a jordanian man... on the Amman forum

Of course you have your own experience, but please try to appreciate that we don't all have your wonderful experience, especially those of us married into poor or bedouin families. There are people in this family who refuse to be in the same room as me in our family to this very day, and i've been with my partner for almost 30 years. As time has gone on I have become immune this this kind of thing. What is a handful of people in a family that runs to four figures in size :-) But way back then, when I was still in my 20s, I was very hurt by this behaviour. Also, people marrying across cultures get married for all kinds of reasons. What they guy says to you in your home country, where he is lonely and possibly without the right papers, doesn't necessarily translate into the same response back in his home country, where he no longer needs you other than to look after his children and for private moments. Maybe you have a nice life, and live in West Amman, with your own car? Maybe you married into a family who are educated, in the sense that they don't mind men and women being in the same room and mix freely within the family? Or are not married into a local family but living as an ex-patriate? Sorry to say, but if so, you live in a different world to many of the women who have married into local families.

deb568 posted on the thread about to marry a jordanian man... on the Amman forum

JO/EU, I agree it is different if one is able to go to Jordan as a tourist. Or even to be able to afford to live in a nice apartment in West Amman and own and drive a car, - a typical expat lifestyle. In my family, buying food is a struggle and we live one family to a room. Even for us, when we visit, we don't always sleep in a room to ourselves. I've slept on the roof, under the stars when there is no room, i.e. if other people are visiting when we are there. Peacelovelight, your family don't sound the best, but 200Jd? And on a vegetarian diet? I could feed my family vegetarian food, three meals a day, for 5JD a day, and still have change left over. And hoping for fruit? Fruit is a luxury item in Jordan. It's really unreasonable of your husband to expect you to ask directly anyway. We did have a time, many years ago, when we ran out of money in Jordan. It was years before I knew who shared their income with us that time, and then only by chance. If your husband doesn't want to share whatever meagre earnings he has back in the States with you and needs his brothers to support his family instead, why can't he go through "proper channels" and arrange this with them, rather than expecting his wife to behave like a beggar? And what's with your doctor? Isn't he like most doctors and dentists in the poor areas in Jordan, letting you have credit until you can afford to pay? Even when I ran out of money, the doctor and dentist both still treated us. And I know for sure neither bill was settled by the time we left because I settled both of them 4 years later.

deb568 posted on the thread about to marry a jordanian man... on the Amman forum

Sad to hear about the stealing. But in a way it is a good message from Allah that things aren't worth anything, and trying to hold onto them is just a road to misery. I have met a few European women here in Scotland, married to Jordanians, wo lived in jordan for a while, and have literally given their husbands ultimatums - live in the West or divorce. Britain is the compromise, a neutral country, so the children are trilingual. But when their husbands travel to Jordan, they always go alone. The wives refuse to go, so goodness knows what happened to them when they lived there.

deb568 posted on the thread about to marry a jordanian man... on the Amman forum

nadeem_aldeem wrote:

my gosh all the storiesare highlighting married from strangers , I do believe just marry who you love and loves you back and that is it .

Really? So how is it you loved an American lady, but then thought about it and retreated to your own kind, instead of doing the right thing and marrying the American lady? So much for "marry whom you love".

deb568 posted on the thread about to marry a jordanian man... on the Amman forum

lonely123, sorry to hear about your situation. I would like to offer some words of comfort, but when married to Palestinians, especially ones from a poor and/or conservative background, all that you describe is very typical. Their mums come first, last and everything inbetween, in my experience. And that's after being married for well over 20 years. Fortunately I can't stand shopping, so never needed money from them. Pity your husband's father is away to his grave; my husband's father was the one always trying to give me money for stuff. I do recall they had some (to me) wierd ideas about foreign women though. Let's see - some of what they told me about foreign women: - spendthrift - waste money all the time, esdpecially on thingsd that don't matter - always arguing - never leave their husbands in peace - always wanting to go out and waste time instead of staying in the house with their children, where they belong Some of this made me so mad when I first heard these views expressed, especially as they were implying I was like that. For me, it was essential to have my own money. No way am I asking anyone for money just because I want to call my family. Unfortunately you are no longer in a position for this to be possible. But if you are seriously waiting for him to put you and your children first, sorry but I would have to say that's not going to happen, not even in your lifetime. Your best defence in the long run is sons, and to devote yourself to them. If it were me and I were younger, I would have had children every year and to hell with the poverty. I know this isn't "good advice" but you need to take a longer term view on how to shore up your position. I don't think 2 sons will be enough, imho. I have long since given away two phrases from my vocabulary: "Where are you going?" and "When will you be back?" That's after watching how my sisters in law and the various female cousins all look forward to their husbands being gone, so they can get a bit of peace and quiet with their kids instead of having to slave after grown men who should know better.Not that this makes them any happier. If you ask they get annoyed, as in "stop trying to control me". If you don't ask, they get annoyed because you are not interested. As for being good providers, forget it. That's probably not going to happen. Firstly Palestinians in Jordan don't have the oppoprtunities that native Jordanians have. Secondly - and maybe this isn't such a bad thing - material stuff is not their priority. Plus remember, a lot of them are addicted to drugs. Yes, I include tobacco as a drug, for sure. And more so in the quantity they all seem to smoke. So even if they have money, they will first of all take care of their own needs as regards their drug addiction.

deb568 posted on the thread 5 good reasons for living in Scotland on the Scotland forum

Clean air The sea (Edinburgh) Cheap transport and easy to get around Lots going on for young people (Edinburgh and Glasgow) Shopping (Glasgow, not Edinburgh which is hopeless on that score) Cheap flights overseas and centrally located airports (Edinburgh and Glasgow, unlike Heathrow which is Terrible)

deb568 posted on the thread Jordanian recipe on the Jordan forum

Maqloobah is nice. Palestinian rather than Jordanian, I guess, but yummy food: http://leckerandyummyrecipes.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/maqloobeh.html How about mansaf? I don't have a good recipe for this - so much meat it makes me feel like a tiger whenever I see it served, - but it is a tasty dish.

deb568 posted on the thread Where is Laurinburg in Scotland? on the Scotland forum

There could well be a genuine company set up, but it doesn't mean there is anything behind the company. How is it "Girts Bridge Road" doesn't appear on Google maps. Even their email address is dodgy: ....@wintons.... instead of winston

deb568 posted on the thread Where is Laurinburg in Scotland? on the Scotland forum

You are being scammed. I can tell from the address. There is no such place as Girts Bridge Road. But the address is very close to Scotland Correctional Institution, a prison at 22385 McGirt's Bridge Road, Laurinberg, North Carolina 28353. http://www.doc.state.nc.us/dop/prisons/ScotlandCI.htm If it looks dodgy, and smells dodgy, it prtobably is dodgy.