DVDs for a dinar
Downtown Amman is littered with DVD stores, where you can get knockoff discs of popular movies and television shows (both Western and local) for one dinar each (about $1.25). For this reason, most Jordanians have been exposed to a plethora of American shows—The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives—whose popularity rivals the Turkish soap opera, Nour. Nour's penchant for dramatic overkill makes American daytime television look disappointingly anti-climatic. I can’t recall how many nights I’ve sat reading on my couch only to be interrupted by that show's obnoxious theme music drifting up to my apartment window.