Umm Qais

Trip Start Jan 18, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

I went on a road trip with Zaid, Tala, and Dima this past Friday.  We drove to Umm Qais which is about 2 hours away from Amman and very close to Irbid.  The weather was absolutely amazing!  It's pretty much summer here now which is making me really happy :)  Since it was so hot I wore a tank top that day and so I got a lot of stares and even had a girl come up to me and ask if she could take her picture with me!  We hung out at the site for about 3 hours I think and ate at their restaurant.  The view was absolutely beautiful but the ruins just looked the same of what I had already seen before all over Jordan!  The view is of Jordan, Palestine, and Syria, with Lebanon in the distance. There is also a lake in this region.......obviously causing problems!  50 years ago the Jordan River (what Jordan was named after) flowed all the way down to Aqaba I believe and was wide and deep.  Now the river barely exists!!  Why?  because Israel is taking all the water!! 

btw, just incase you didn't hear in the US, the death total from the past week was around 125 Gazans and 20 Israelis.  My taxi cab driver the other day said that the fighting will never end and the situation will never be resolved until the end of time because that's what the Quran says......God I hope he's wrong!!!  It's such a sad and frustrating situation.  My cab driver also told me that in the Quran there are 11 planets and that at first people thought there were only 9, then they found another one to make it 10, and so he says there's still another planet out there......I guess I thought we were down to 8 planets now after Pluto was thrown out of the bunch, but oh well, I didn't tell him that! (most Muslims that I've met here are not like this taxi cab driver I want you know)

After Umm Qais we drove to Ajloun Castle in order to see the sunset.  We sat by a family with the cutest kids!! The family was really nice too and having a lot of fun.  It's a side that most Americans never see......a Muslim Arab family going out on a sunny weekend day (with the women dressed head to toe unlike me in my tank top) and enjoying their time together.  It's a side of Muslim women that most Americans never see......Veiled women having fun and talking and laughing and hiking and playing in comparison to the stereotypical hijabee who always stay in the house with the kids (which I'm not saying doesn't happen because it definitely does, but there is another side).

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