Also, a bit of Jordan

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Also, a bit of Jordan

Post by Klara » Sat May 11, 2019 12:45 pm

And since no one's posted about Jordan in a while, I might as well post some pics from there, right?
We spent our May holidays there, so just a couple of weeks ago. I know most of you have been there, but it was the first time for us and it was such a nice little trip.

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I was travelling with my favourite person. This is us at the Roman theatre in Amman.

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It looks pretty impressive.

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The Citadel.

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The famous umbrella street in Amman. It's always full of people taking selfies.

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Our hood. It wasn't pretty, but the location was excellent.
Amman isn't pretty anyway, though. It's very hilly, which made us feel like home, and eventhough it's a big city, we had a feeling we knew where everything was after just one day. I felt really good there.

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We went to the Dead Sea, of course. We had to borrow an LP for this pic.

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The Dead Sea beach. There were some pretty nice freshwater pools a bit higher up.

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Mount Nebo. You can see Israel and the Dead Sea in the background - or at least you'd be able to see them on a less hot and humid day.

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Loads of old mosaics in Madaba. It was pretty cool.



I'd been looking forward to Wadi Rum the most, to be honest.
It was amazing.
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Four hours in the back of a pickup truck went by very fast.




Aaaand then we were off to Petra, of course.
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We were looking at this guy.

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Our driver's mother made us lunch and we had a nap in their living room before we went back to Amman. Jordanians are quite something.

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We were tired the next day, so My kid decided we should go to a trampoline park in one of the posh malls and have McD for lunch.


And the next day we went north to Jerash, Loads of history all over the place.
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Ajloun castle was part of the same day trip. It was a really cool castle.

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They asked me to take a picture of them, so i did. They were so sweet.

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This seems to be one of the most popular fast food places in Amman, so we had to try it.
Food in general was ok, as opposed to amazing. Stuff that's not chicken is great, but there isn't all that much of it. I had amazing hummous and falafel and the rest of the typical middle eastern vegetarian food, but it gets repetative.

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This is where everyone queues for knafeh, so I had to do it too.

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It's a takeaway place, so when all the stairs and walls in the area are taken, everyone just stands around and eats it. It was superb, though.

We left for Jordan days after the attacks in Sri Lanka, and I freaked out a bit about it. I know that doesn't make sense, but i just did. Jordan feels as safe as my country, though. My son was treated like some sort of a prince and I felt nothing but respect from everyone. We arrived at 4am and then our (divorced) taxi driver and I had a very deep and emotional conversation about divorce, which was a bit unexpected. Pretty funny, looking back. I found the Jordanians very open and warm in general, though. Even the passport control guys, who are never ever in a good mood anywhere else, made jokes and even flirted with me a bit.
So, fun was had by all. It was a rather expensive trip for my standards, but I don't know how long my kid will still be willing to travel with me, and Jordan is the kind of place you sort of have to see once in your lifetime, so I'm very, very happy we finally saw it.

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Post by DCComic » Sat May 11, 2019 3:26 pm

Also great pics.
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Post by Lincoln » Sat May 11, 2019 5:04 pm

Fantastic trip report klara and brilliant pics...you're right about travelling now with your kid because they do change and eventually don't want to come travelling with you....my kid is at that stage now ,he'd never say so to my face that he didn't want to travel again as he knows that would piss me off but the last few trips we've done he just sits on his phone or tablet wherever there's Wi-Fi and just doesn't connect with where we are so there's no way I'm paying to take him anywhere....I'm hoping that will change when he's older and we'll hit the road together...I'd love that.

I've never been to Jordan before but now I see I must go...thanks for the report.

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Post by steveogolf » Sat May 11, 2019 5:56 pm

Outstanding trip and photos.
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Post by Moethebartender » Sat May 11, 2019 8:16 pm

Outstanding pics, thanks for sharing. Looks like a fun trip. Jordan is on my bucket list.
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Post by Klara » Sun May 12, 2019 4:52 am

Thanks! It's a fascinating place.

I'd never seen my dad as exited about my future trip as the day I told him I was going to Jordan.
I wish he was less lazy and more willing to travel. He would love Jordan SO much.

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Post by بھائی اوتار لینا » Sun May 12, 2019 1:03 pm

wow , excellent pictures Klara, you look good in red..

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Post by Klara » Sun May 12, 2019 3:21 pm

Thanks.
No idea who you are, obv. I was away for a while.

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Post by Moethebartender » Sun May 12, 2019 5:49 pm

It's PhDBrother. This handle change was his attempt at being clever. Sadly, he didn't even know what the characters meant (and likely still doesn't understand), but what can one expect?
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Post by Chip_Oatley » Sun May 12, 2019 6:57 pm

Great pics, Klara.

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Post by Klara » Sun May 12, 2019 8:56 pm

Moethebartender wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 5:49 pm
It's PhDBrother. This handle change was his attempt at being clever. Sadly, he didn't even know what the characters meant (and likely still doesn't understand), but what can one expect?
Thanks, Moe. I should have guessed.

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Post by Scrubb » Mon May 13, 2019 5:05 am

Oh, how I want to go to Jordan! I already did, but if I hadn't, your report would have made me want to.
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Post by Homerj » Mon May 13, 2019 3:22 pm

Great stuff :)
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Post by bundes » Mon May 13, 2019 6:00 pm

Great photos.
Jordon is in my top 5 of next to go.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Mon May 13, 2019 7:48 pm

Awesome pics. I was there 32 years ago and it looks very much the same now. Good for you, Klara!

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Post by cummy » Tue May 14, 2019 5:58 pm

really great pictures, klara. you and your son looked like you had an amazing time there. good for you! thanks for sharing.

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Post by kotagiri_tea_planter » Thu May 16, 2019 6:59 pm

Absolutely lovely, Klara. Makes me wish I had gone to Jerash when I was in Jordan. The taxi driver who took me from Amman to the border crossing into the West Bank said we could detour there but I just wanted to get to where I had planned on getting to.

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Post by northern_goddess » Sat May 18, 2019 8:07 pm

Jordan has been on my list for a while. *heavy sigh*
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Post by Scrubb » Sat May 18, 2019 9:06 pm

We could have done a 24 hour trip from Dahab to Petra and back, while we were there, but decided that we wanted longer than that would give us. We only seriously considered it because we don't know when we'll be back in that part of the world.

I'm still sure we were right, it would have been a ton of travel time for a short time there. But then again, it's been 7 years and we still haven't got to Petra...
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Post by Klara » Sun May 19, 2019 3:37 am

Not that it would matter that much, but if you visit Petra as part of a day trip from either Egypt or Israel it costs around €115 just to get in.

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