Jerash and random taxi driver

Trip Start Mar 30, 2009
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Friday, April 10, 2009

I didn't bother setting my alarm today as I knew I only had to visit Jerash and it would only take a half day or so. I left the Sydney hotel and headed over to Cliff hostel which is alot better and handed over my first washing off my trip. It cost me 3 dina to get it washed and I am in need of some clean clothes. I headed over to the Champion office to get my bus ticket for Damascus. It only cost me 8 dina which is a bargain and the buses seem nice and modern so no worries there with taking the bus, I leave on the 12th at 7:30.

From there I caught a taxi over to the new bus station to catch a bus to Jarash, the taxi driver was doing his normal sales pitch that you get use to saying how he can take me and wait for me etc for a cheap price of course which is about 20 times what the bus would cost you. Having only just missed the bus I managed only to wait 10 Min's or so until the next one came, some people had waited 1 hour before so I was in luck! The drive was really pretty and the landscape changed to a green rolling hills and some trees as well, I had just been use to seeing desert and rocks since I have been in Jordan so it made a nice change. The bus only cost me 60pence so I was chuffed with that as well.
I had to pay 8 dina to get into Jerash. Jerash is an old Roman city with lots of colomus and also a chariot racing track where they perform everyday an reimacment for which you can pay to see it, I didn't bother bit of a rip off so I simply just strolled around. I was not overly impressed with Jerash I had heard really good things about it but I was not that impressed, probably because I had just come from Petra and Wadi Rum so had seen some great things recently but nevertheless glad I came!

I headed back to the bus station where there was no one there. On Friday it is a public holiday in Muslim country's and not much happens, so there was no buses around and I was a bit stranded. A local guy came up to me and offered to take me back for 10dina, this was the normal amount and I decided to bit the the bullet and go for it. The guy took me over to his car, he wasn't a taxi driver but a local so I jumped in and off we went. He didn't speak much English but was a really nice guy and trying to learn as much as he could. I have found once yo have got past the haggling for prices the locals are really nice and want to chat to you all the time. I have also found that all the time you are constantly asked which country you are from.

Once I got dropped off I headed to get some lunch when I bumped into Mark on the street and he ended staying at my hostel. We grabbed a lunch for 1 dina (1pound) of bread, falafel, humus and a salad and strolled over to the theater and citadel again to show Mark.

Tomorrow I am off to the dead sea and some other sights, looking forward to it as it will be my last day in Jordan.  
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