I got a fit of the giggles the other night when I tried to work out how home delivery worked in Wadi Musa. Why you ask, thinking that home delivery is just a normal everyday thing. Well not here.
For starters this was the first time that I had seen home delivery in Wadi Musa and I noted that it was the new pizza restaurant in town that was offering this service. It then got me thinking (and giggling) at how it works. There are no street numbers here, let alone street names, so unless the delivery driver knows where everyone in town lives, which is very unlikely in a town with a population of about 18,000, then I imagined the telephone conversation to organise the delivery going something like this:
Hi I’d like to order a pizza for home delivery.
Certainly, where do you live?
Do you know where so and so lives?
Well then do you where such and such lives?
How about him?
Are they related to the Them’s over on the hill.
Yes, but I don’t live on that side of town. Ummmm…. do you know where the mosque is?
The one near this hotel.
Oh yes I know that one.
Well when you get to the Mosque you go left then right, straight and then left again and then you are near Them’s house which is actually no where near our house.
If I’m ever having to give people directions to our house the best I can do is “if you are coming from town turn right at the clinic, keep going until you get to the Mosque and we live on the same road as Khaled, Haitham and Matasum, around the corner from Dr Hani”. Too bad if they don’t know who Khaled, Haitham, Matasum and Dr Hani are, let alone live!