Amman, Jordan: Baladk Street Art Project

On May 25, Jordan celebrates its independence, thus making it an official holiday. This year, May 25 hit two birds in one stone: Jordan was celebrating its 70th Independence Day AND Al-Balad Theatre was celebrating the end of their Street Art Project that had been taking place for five days.

Before I talk about Baladk, let me tell you about the breakfast we had that morning. We decided to head to The Café Gourmand in the Boulevard as a change, but were a bit disappointed we couldn’t sit outside due to some maintenance going on.

Anyways, I’m a big fan of poached eggs, and not all restaurants can master the art of poaching eggs, so I decided to give Café Gourmand a shot. I added salmon as an extra to the order:

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My plate was the last to arrive on the table, after my friends were nearly done with theirs. Why? Because apparently, they were having troubles poaching the egg. It might not look perfectly poached in the picture above, but it did taste okay.

Other than that, here’s an Egg Sandwich that one of of my friends ordered. This tasted really good!

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Wait, there’s dessert of course! We ordered Very Berry Pancakes and Waffles with Maple syrup:

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Upon finishing, we headed to Jabal Al Weibdeh, precisely to Terra Sancta College where Baladk’s Project was still in process. By the way, Baladk has started back in 2013 as a project that aimed to strengthen citizenship through different forms of street arts, and particularly graffiti art. The organizers believed that citizenship is closely linked to the feeling of ownership towards home-towns, which could be beautifully expressed using street arts. This year, Baladk’s slogan “Our City”, or “Madinatuna” in Arabic is about how the artists perceive their city from their point of view. 18 local emerging artists and 6 regional artists from Lebanon, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia & Kuwait participated this year. You can spot the graffitis in Jabal al Weibdeh, Dowtown, Sweifyeh, Airport Road, and Wadi Saqra.

Here are some of the remarkable graffitis I’ve spotted:

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