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We are at the 3 week mark in Amman so it was time to go and renew our visa for the next 2 months. Since we don't know about the holidays here or how fast things go we thought we better get it done early. Thank goodness because we saw an American couple that had gone over the one month and were on their 3rd day of trying to renew!
Ala showed up for us at noon and off we walked (which is pretty much all we do sometimes!) to the ...
... taken and poses by his clothes rack. After he looks at the picture and nods in approval, he encourages his friend to have his picture taken and points me in the direction of one of the shoe tables. The friend is shy at first then poses for the camera. They try to convince another man to do the same but he declines.
I begin to walk away and another man poses for the camera. I walk through the rows of tents ...
... looking out for each other. Also they just skip lines. There were a few of us waiting in line for the toilet and they all just shoved past us. This was when I realised I needed to apply the Chinese tactics again- no lining up -just push your way through. We decided to do Jordan with Intrepid but in hindsight you could totally do it yourself. Our tour stated in Wadi Rum Desert. This was actually pretty good. Once you can get over the 40plus heat ...
... what I try, and there are no living creatures in it! AWESOME CHAWSOME as I like to say. One of the best parts was floating vertically ram rod straight in the water. This is what astronauts must feel like when they start experiencing the wonder of feeling the unnatural effects of space.
Water before = Jordan River Baptismal Site
So we watched. But we didn't step into.
We watched crowds dip again and again into the water ...
... the stop where Moses is said to have seen the promised land, died and was subsquently buried. There was a great view across the Jordan valley into Israel and also to the dead sea, as well as another huge and beautiful mosaic from the Memorial Church of Moses. It was then time to head to our resort hotel where Monty dropped us off and promised to be back at 9am the next day to take us onto our next stop.
The hotel was amazing. Four pools, three restaurants and two ...