Back in Jordan and dealing with some attitude

Trip Start Apr 21, 2008
Trip End Apr 20, 2009

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Monday, October 13, 2008

I woke up at 7 am today as I wanted to get through the border as early as possible. I really didn't want to be stuck there all day.  I ended up taking a shared taxi to the border. I was happy that the cab diver was willing to accept US dollars as payment given that I only had 1 shekel left.     
Going through both the Israeli and Jordanian border was super easy this time. The lineups were quite short although I hated the fact that I had to pay $45 to get out o Israel.
Once I got to the Jordanian side, I ended up sharing another taxi with Keith and Adam - 2 British guys I met in Beirut and Amman. We were dropped off at a bus terminal in Amman. I decided to grab a mini bus to Petra while Adam and Keith decided they would do some sight seeing and hopefully spot Queen Ranieh before heading to Petra later in the day. I wished them luck in their adventure.
Three hours later I was in Wadi Musa - the town closest to Petra. I didn't really enjoy the drive as the driver was a bit of a rude ass with me. I would ask him a question and he wouldn't even look at me. I didn't know what his problem was. I would even try to talk to a few locals sitting next to me and some of them gave me this look of disgust. I think some of these people just didn't like foreigners. It was somewhat obvious from the way they treated me. One thing I do not like about traveling through the Arab part of the Middle East is this never ending feeling that the people here really resent Westerners. I could probably come up with a few reasons why they resent the western world but I cant understand why they direct these feelings to tourists who are there visiting their country and who are obviously interested in learning about their culture. The other negative thing I wont forget is their attitude towards western women. It really pisses me off when I hear stories about how the men here say crude things to the foreign women and how some of them even have the guts to grab them. Hopefully this will change one day.
When I got off the bus, some guy came over to me trying to convince me to stay at his hostel. I really didn't want to as I had another place in mind. The guy couldn't have picked a worse moment to approach me as I was still in a pretty bad mood as a result of the rudeness of the people on the bus. I blew the guy off and I wasn't really nice. The guy didn't like how I talked to him and he let me know it. I really didn't care to tell you the truth.
I ended up finding my hostel in no time. Because the town was so small and there wasn't anything to see, I just stayed at my hostel. I would get my fill of sight seeing at Petra tomorrow. While hanging around the hostel, I ended up running into Mary from Ireland. This was the 4th time I ran into her during my tour of the Middle East. We ended up just hanging out together at the hostel for the rest of the day. Given that we were traveling alone, we made plans to see the sights together at Petra tomorrow. I was more than happy to have company.
Before we called it a night, we walked into the town to buy snacks for the following day. I didn't like some of the guys in the town as they would check Mary out (who was unsuspecting). One of them even said to me "You are a lucky guy". They say this all the time when they see a foreign woman they like who happens to be with a man. I know it sounds harmless but if you heard their tone you would understand why it bothered me. I just wished they would keep their comments and hands to themselves. It would make our stay so much more pleasant.   
Dino Vagabond
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