Trip Start Sep 27, 2008
14Trip End Oct 18, 2008
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He drove fast--flitting from lane to lane. It's a good 30 miles into Amman from the airport--it felt good to smell the desert air and the warm breeze at sunset. The muezzins were sounding off for evening prayer. The trees along the road lean hard to the east (there must be some harsh winds in these parts).
Once we checked in to our hotel, we went walking. Our place was located just south of the area between the 1st & 2nd circles--and hey, even the circles read right to left (east to west) for 1 thru 8!
We found a small restaurant--and pieced together our order with the teenage guy behind the counter. And enjoyed the street scenes while eating a pizza and burger for only JD 7. It was a simple little thing--but the Arabic on the Pepsi can delighted me. We were finally here!
The next day started sunny and brisk. Even though it was daylight and Ramadan, the hotel served a buffet breakfast--coffee, hard-boiled eggs, pitas and hummus, cheese and sliced meats. We walked a bit--snapping photos of the hills of Amman and the white buildings cast pink with the early morning light.
Our hotel rang up a taxi to take us to the Israel border for JD 25. We threw our packs in the trunk and wondered if we'd make the crossing before the border closed for Rosh Hashanah at 1 p.m.