Amman and Jerash

Trip Start May 06, 2006
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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Amman

Amman (nee Philadelphia) is an old city of over 1 million people. Buildings are pretty basic Arabic style. They have "shopping areas" rather than "shopping centres". Sue was not too impressed.

Day 1 Morning included a trip to the city amphitheatre. It also included an accident with a large bus. We were not going fast enough for the bus driver - about 90 kph in a 50 kph zone. He decided to go around us and cut us off. He stopped about 100 meters up the road to let his passengers off. (Why couldn't he have waited??)

Mohamad and the bus driver had a colourful exchange of words. We then spent the next 30-40 minutes going to a police station - it was not easy to find. We stopped at least 5 times to ask for directions - Mohamad lives here!! We got to see some of the backstreets of Amman - this is not a very rich country.

We then had a quite pleasant trip to Jerash.

Jerash

Jerash is an ancient roman city that was rediscovered in 1806. It is very well preserved as it was covered in sand. Each year more excavation work is carried out. There is a lot more to be dug up yet!
Fascinating. I could have spent many more hours here and taken many more photos. We had our own personal guide which is well worth the cost. He was very informative and spoke English better than me (not hard).


The amphitheatre at Jerash was amazing. You stand on one stone in the middle and when you speak you can be heard through the whole place. You take a step in either direction and your voice is just normal. "Friends, Romans, country men .. lend me your ears" was heard by all when one Sheikh Jeffrey from Doha was there.

The three soldiers played the bagpipes just to make it surreal...

We had a buffet lunch at the tourist centre - well worth it only 9 JD each and the food was great.

These sites give some history for those who are interested.
Jerash - A Brief History
Atlas Tours

Day 1 in Jordan was great - it was more than I expected. I kept thinking about Petra and Wadi Rum - how good will they be?

By the way. I didn't mention this to Sue.. .. Jordan Shooting
Some things are best forgotten.... I may have been in Jordan by myself.
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