With writing this blog it’s making me stop and look at what I do each day and realise that the things that I just do as part of living here really are very different from the ways things are done back in Australia Take today for instance – we had run out of gas. We use gas which comes in the form of large bottles for cooking and heating. At this time of year we use more gas on a weekly basis as we are using a gas heater at night and with lower daytime temperatures it takes more gas to heat the water as well.
Today I got 3 bottles changed over. The process goes as such. Atef rings the gas man and places an order. About an hour later the gas man drives his truck to the house and honks on the horn to let me know he’s there. The man then carries 2 full bottles down the hill from the road to our house, and carries 2 empty ones back up hill. He then brings another full one back down, I pay him 10JD for each bottle and he carries the last empty one back up the hill and continues on his gas run.
Carrying the full bottles down the hill is no mean feat – it’s quite steep and slippery. Glad it’s him and not me.
The gas man on his gas run.
Carrying the full bottles down the hill to our house
The gas man.