It is not easy to make a 43-year-old man happy. Two months ago, I drove my mother to the airport. It is two and a half hour drive. She was leaving to Damascus and my emotions were set to the sad mood. On my way back, only fifteen minutes from Amman airport, there was a huge Ikea sign. The last time I have been to one was in the 80s, in Kuwait, and I remember almost nothing of it.
I always wanted to go to one as an adult. Unfortunately, during the time I was in Missouri there was no Ikea. Recently, a big store opened in St. Louis though.
Anyway, here I am inside a new Ikea. Mesmerized!
I like creativity, order, neatness and beautiful patterns. Ikea has all that. What not to like about Ikea, really? I was so happy at Ikea wonderland. Even their coffee tastes better than Starbucks and it is much cheaper. Only one American dollar with free refill compared to 2.80 USD for a tall Starbucks house coffee. I thought Ikea was the first to introduce the free refill service to Jordan but an American living in Jordan corrected me, via Twitter, that there are two other (I think American) restaurants that started this service before Ikea. Free refill is still unheard of service in Irbid though.
Given that I liked everything there, I took pictures of what I found most interesting:
- An array of numbered bag hangers for toilet users. Because only Ikea knows that not all their customers come in a group of two or more.
2. Numbered shopping cart spots. No more pushing carts around to find your way to the toilet or trying to determine which one is yours when you are done. Seriously, Genius! 3. Free refill coffee for 0.70 JD (1 USD). Yes, thank you!
4. Saving the best for last. As if, I needed more reasons to love Ikea. Inside the toilet, I saw this sign “Please use the designated Wudu (Ablution) sinks on the first floor.” For the non-Muslims let me elaborate. Muslims need to wash their hands, arms, face and feet before they pray (not always though). Unfortunately, some people do not follow the etiquette of Wudu. That is, using as little water as possible and not splashing water all over the place as many do. Therefore, assigning a place for Wudu is the perfect solution. Keeping the toilet neat and clean. In addition, making people who wants to perform Wudu feel more comfortable.
Ikea made me happy that day!