Hilton Taba Resort & Nelson Village
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We went on the Panoramic of Aqaba tour but apparently there weren't any. There is a Crusader castle in the centre but it isn't open to the public in fact they appeared to be using the grounds as allotments. For some in the bus the visit to the Saudi Arabian border was the highlight.
Only photos are of the very large Jordanian flag and the ...
... 50 something European man is trailing us. He's holding hands with his teenage Asian rent boy. Not a pretty sight.
The showstopper though is glimpsing the Treasury for the first time between the walls of the Siq. At this time in the morning though, only the top half is drenched in sunlight making photos difficult with the contrast.
Change in animal now. It's "You wanna donkey?". Horses stop at the Siq. Donkeys take over. Flea ridden, manky things. ...
... Meeting up with Bernhard again, we took a taxi. Guy was nice but didn't understand the word "hospital" - he ended up driving to someone he knew that could speak English, before driving us there. (Also, huh? Despite being Ramadan and this being daytime, he was smoking and offered Bernhard a cigarette. Isn't it haram?)
The hospital staff were extremely nice and chill, joking with me the whole time - a great way to keep ...
... queued, had our passports cursorily examined, stamped and waved through. The departure tax was 8 JD each and could be paid at the ticketing agent or at the customs post. The hut was so small you could go in and out in three steps. Then we waited to get on the boat. The boat looked new, modern and fast.
The boat was to leave at 7PM and we had half an hour to wait. There were only a few people on board so we were wondering how many people there would be. Then the tidal wave ...
... was a small builing a few hundred yards away that had a fairly clean bathroom and a small cafe. When one o'clock finally rolled around the plan was that a tour guide from another tour company would sign us through as members of his group and our tickets would be changed from the morning ferry to the afternoon ferry. Unfortuantely something about this didn't sit well with the border patrol guard. He refused to accept these changes, even the harbor manager was ...