Golden Tulip Aqaba
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... hassled given that we don't tend to cover up like the locals when swimming. Even the Jordanian beaches in the area are so close to Saudi Arabia that they are much more conservative than the rest of the country. It will be interesting to see if / how the norms evolve as Aqaba strives to grow into a full fledged international beach destination.
Before dinner, there was time for shopping, so I set out in search of one of the middle eastern teapots I'd ...
... 2 hours at the site. Bearing in mind it takes between 30-40 minutes walk before the site opens up to reveal the famous 'Treasury’ building, it doesn’t give a lot of time to appreciate the phenomenon of this ancient world. No, Roisin and I have plans to visit Petra in our own time and on our terms…watch this space!!!
Nevertheless, Petra is still the No 1 tourist attraction from the ship. The 29 coach load of sightseers from the ship confirm this. Apart ...
... over today.
Then it was on to the third main cultural influence that came to prominence in Jordan in the 20th century - McDonalds. Lunch. The same pattern all over the known world. "Will that be a super size meal?", and then they serve half of it on to the tray to get cold while the rest is prepared. The Big Mac index in Jordan is AU$5.20, so food is quite cheap, as you will no doubt have remembered from our $3 meals in Amman.
Back to the hotel mid afternoon to ...
... it could be the oldest bar in the world, according to lonely planet. Unfortunately the beer tasted like it was shipped in 2000 years ago. I swapped to a mohito that was even worse - probably to be expected in a Muslim country though I guess! On Thursday we visited the Dead Sea. It was incredibly surreal - when you lie back in the water you feel like a cork - it's impossible to sink. Afterwards we continued our journey up to the capital, Amman. We were ...
... hat to me, it seems the English are still held in high regard here
Even the women give us a smile and a nod, that nice I think (don’t know about the veiled women though, we never saw their faces, but their eyes smiled )
We had a wander round the Bedouin village, (I thought these people travelled, why they want a house?) they still have their tents and livestock in the desert though, lots of goats and very small sheep, no idea ...