When I moved to Ethiopia in 2006 I started a blog to keep my family up to date on what I was doing, and what it was like to live and work in Ethiopia as a foreigner. I called it the Ferenge Addis Blog. A "ferenge" is a white foreigner in Amharic (the official language in all of Ethiopia and the lingua franca in about 1/3 of the country). I was surprised by how many hits the blog ended up getting, usually more than 100 per day. It was used not only by Mom and Dad, but by foreigners who wanted to know about life in Addis Ababa, and Ethiopians who wanted to give their opinions about foreigners in their midst.
When I moved back to the US and was no longer Ferenge, I started this little blog (Written in Caps), to keep family updated on my frequent travels through many of the world's capitals.
As I posted a couple of days ago, I recently accepted a position in Amman, Jordan. In the spirit of the Ferenge Addis Blog I decided to start a new blog about life and times in Amman. I was happy to see that there are already a few blogs in a similar vein. Bibs, Babs, and Bobs is about a family with a baby and a stay-at-home mom. Apricots Today is about a four-person family from the US Midwest. I feel that there's room for our new blog as well: about a childless couple working in development in Jordan. Imagine my happiness to learn that one of the acceptable translations of "foreigner" in Arabic is "frenji." While the romanization of the word is slightly different, I think it's safe to say that I'm frenji once again.
See the Frenji Jordan Blog, here. We'll start posting some info about what it's like to move overseas, and then start from Jordan next week (!).