“Al-Bilad” is the name given by locals to the main downtown shopping area. It is a mass of traffic, people, and shops, and endlessly fascinating to watch.
In the basement of the store above, we (Christiana from South Africa and me) found two weavers from Egypt working. One seemed uncomfortable talking with us – or maybe he simply didn’t speak English – but this man chatted amiably with Christiana while he was working.
There is a very large farmer’s market:
Bookstores selling translations of American classics:
Stairways everywhere help pedestrians navigate the downtown area, and some of them have incredible street art:
Further toward the university area are the King Hussein Mosque, and across the street from it is the Coptic Church. I hear the church’s bells every Friday and Sunday: