I consider myself as a modern day ‘nomad’, where I lay my head is home. As a modern-day economic migrant, a UK national who has worked and lived in the Middle East, Europe and the Far East for over 11 years.

Where do we call our home? As the saying goes ‘where I lay my head is home’. This is true for us. Our experiences have forced us to challenge this backward notion of national identity and a sense of belonging to a particular part of the world and calling it my own.

I say the world is ours and let’s work on it, to live together.

So why the name ‘wasapnin’? Well, to cut a long story short I grew up in the East End of London and the people there have a habit of eating words. So ‘What is happening’ very easily becomes ‘wasapnin’. Hence the name.

So what is this blog about, I hear you ask. It’s simply sharing my experiences and thoughts in my part of the world, where ever that may be. It’s also about politics, photography, travel, New World Order or anything else that I feel like talking about.


14 thoughts on “About

    Shadi Haddadin said:
    June 15, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    I am half-Jordanian half-Finnish and just moved back to Jordan with my Finnish wife after 9 years abroad.
    Trying to find a proper hairdresser or salon for my wife, I came across your blog and I have to say I am impressed. It’s just brilliant. Will certainly come again n again.
    Keep up the good work.

    Warm Regards,
    Shadi Haddadin

    wasapninjordan said:
    June 18, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Nice to meet you shaadi:-)
    Thank you very much for the compliment:-) please feel free to contribute to the blog as much as you like. I have another user who regularly comments on my blog. His name is Joonas and he is from Finland:-)

    GG said:
    November 29, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Hi! Great photos. I am considering taking a job in Amman but I really can’t find any information about the place. How is life there? Can I find other people to share accommodation easily? You see I have to choose between Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jordan and Libya. There is so much info about the emirates. I could find a place to live even before I set foot in the place. Please any info on accommodation, rent, standard of living and social life for a single female would be greatly appreciated. Thank you 🙂

    fatima manjra said:
    May 28, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    hello! ur blog is such a good read, its just down to earth and all in all its great 😉 although im only 18 almost 19, i reallyy want to travel to jordan bt on my own and get reallyyy immersed into the culture and way of life. lol ure from london, im not too far in leicester! =D i unfortunatley the most ‘untypical’ muslim/asian girl that people come across but i love it! i reallyy want to visit jordan i do hope to move to an arab country once ive graduated but ive heard that its hard for single women? what is your opinion? im always telling my mum and friends about how much i want to travel and move across the middle east but no one gets me =( lol well, hope i havent bore you 😛 tc and all the best!

    Steve said:
    July 8, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    I’m talking to a company in Jordan that imports and sells in the Mid
    East market auto parts and to the US military in Afghanistan. They
    want to know what I want for salary. I have no idea. Do you have any
    contacts there that I can check with? Thanks.

    Kristen said:
    February 22, 2010 at 8:09 PM


    I was doing some research online and came across your website. I hope you don’t mind me reaching out to you. I’m a casting assistant in New York for a popular show about people relocating outside North America. It’s called House Hunters International and airs on the Home & Garden cable network (HGTV). We are casting people for this show right now in Jordan and I was wondering if you or anyone you know would be interested in participating.

    Our show consists of a family or couple who has relocated in the past few years and the property they live in. The purpose of the show is to demystify the process of moving and living abroad. You can learn more about our show and watch episodes here: http://www.hgtv.com/house-hunters-international/show/index.html.

    Putting together an episode with you would be a real treat for our audience and it’s a lot of fun for you too. Contributors to the show get a nice keepsake shot in HD video and also receive compensation for your time and efforts.

    If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more, please contact me at househunterscasting@leopardfilms.com. Thank you in advance for your prompt feedback on this. Have a wonderful day!

    Sam Welbeck said:
    July 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Brilliant some of those pictures!

      wasapnin said:
      July 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM

      Am glad you like em Sam. 🙂

    al-Kurdi said:
    December 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM


    I’m Inshallah planning to study Arabic for maybe 2 years in the middle east. Which country and school do you recomend? I want study to become an alim after having studying Arabic for maybe 2 years and after memorizing the Quraan. Money is inshallah not a big issue.

    So please help me out, and motivate your answer.

    Jazakallahu khair

    Joyce said:
    December 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Dear wasapnin,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Egypt, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

      admin responded:
      December 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Hi Joyce,

      I would be happy to complete the questionnaire. It was not attached. Please do send it and will try to complete it as soon as.

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