Morning Walk in Kayseri - Flight to Jordan
Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
36Trip End May 01, 2011
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It was another quick breakfast after packing up to go to the airport - leaving a few things out and a battery charging.
Catherine and I went with Erwin and Martin on a Kayseri city tour at 8:30 in the morning. We saw the old fort, several mosques-one with a hamman, and an old caravanserai. Here we were met by a smooth-talking man who traded with someone in the States, he said, so that was why his English was so good. He wanted to show us something special in the caravanserai...which turned out to be his rug shop....it was not easy for us to get away. This town had several good English speakers, including the man picking up litter. He was very polite and we carried on quite a conversation with him. The caretakers in the mosques were very nice to us and encouraged us to take photos. One even gave me a shoe-horn to get my trainers back on.
We left the hotel at 11:30, got to the airport and caught our plane to Istanbul. I can't remember how many times between the two flights that we had to go through the x-ray machine but it was way too many. At one they took away my little bottle of water before I finished it. I had bought it in the airport for 3.50 lira. Not cheap. We had all kinds of food on the flights so that by the end of the day I think I had 4 meals.
When we finally got to Amman, there was a snag with the visas. Even though I got my Jordanian visa back home, I could actually have waited until the border and gotten a free group visa. Maybe it is just as well that I had mine since Betty, Erwin and I were not on the group list and Erwin and Bette had to get theirs at the airport and pay the fee (not as much as mine had been...not even counting the three express mailings back and forth) ....and wait in a huge, long line. We now have a new driver who seemed very nice and drove us to our hotel in Jordan. I kept looking at the all women dressed in gowns and scarves and fearing that Jordan would not be a friendly place for a Western woman. We didn't see that many women in the airport without scarves. The airport bathrooms did not meet our standards though.