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Trip Start Sep 17, 2007
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

We planned to take a bus directly from Nazareth to Amman in Jordan.  We knew that the bus only left three times a week, but no one seemed to know from where.  There was no bus station in Nazareth, just a central bus stop, but people seemed to agree that it didn't leave from there.  Finally the owner of the Azar Inn directed us to a crossroads a little ways out of town.  We hiked out there in the morning and tried two bus stops before Erin spotted the right office across the street.  We bought a ticket and soon were on our way. 

It wasn't very far to the border.  We dismounted, paid the exit tax and changed our sheqels to dinar, remounted, drove to the crossing, and paid for a Jordinian visa and were stamped into Jordan.  Then we had an unventful drive until we arrive in Amman.

We were dropped off way outside of Amman, and had the unpleasant task of picking one of the many taxi drivers.  We did not pick the one that wouldn't get out of my face.  It was a little shock to be back in an Arab culture.  We checked into our hotel and found a felafel stand for dinner.  These treats are pretty good and cost about 50 cents.  In Israel they cost $6 so we didn't get many.  Here we got quite a few.  We spent a little while trying to figure out the complicated range of currency here.  The main unit is a dinar, which is worth about $1.50.  A dinar is made up of 1000 fils.  10 fils is one piastre.  So the vendor will give a number and its up to you to determine whether its fils, piastres, or dinars.  We figured out the system eventually.

There wasn't much to do in Amman, but we were using it as a base for trips to Jerash and Madaba.  The felafel was good and cheap though.

~Travis
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