Monday, November 28, 2011

Stairway to Amman

The city of Amman is built on a series of hills.  There really aren't that many flat areas.  Most of the time you are either walking up hill or down hill.  Because of this there are a lot of stairs here.  Here are some pictures of a few of my favorites.  Special thanks to my good friend Jesse who helped me discover a lot of these stairs.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Call to Hair

The past few days I have been feeling the tingling of my follicles, maybe it's the stress of Arabic or maybe my manly desires manifesting themselves but I really have been missing my beard more then normal.

Let us just consider for a moment all the great men who proudly wear or have worn the beard:
Abe Lincoln
Ernst Hemingway
Santa Claus
Iron and Wine
Grizzly Adams
Chuck Norris
Zach Galifianakis
This list could go one forever

I really miss my beard   

My beard and the Suleymaniye Mosque

"There is great truth in Alphonse Karr's remark that modern men are ugly because they do not wear their beards."
- George Augustus Henry Sala

“He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man”

-William Shakespeare

"Beards in olden times, were the emblems of wisdom and piety."
- Thomas Babington Macaulay

"A kiss without a mustache is like an egg without salt."
-Spanish proverb

Leviticus 19:27 "You shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard." (see even the scriptures support the wearing of a beard)

Beards are cool, I miss mine.  Just wanted all of you to know that.