Country #80

Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
Trip End Jan 20, 2013

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Entering Jordan was not an easy task.  The border was nearly empty at Sheikh Hussein, but it took forever to cross.  We exited Israel and got our passports stamped then had to wait an hour to take a bus that cost money to the Jordan side of immigration that was nearly 50 feet from Israel.  We could have walked it in one minute, but for some reason, we were confined to stay on the Israel side.  The joys of traveling!!!  From the border, there are no buses and no taxis.  You have to have a special permit to drive a taxi here for the government and it is a complete rip off.  Taxis in America or England would be much cheaper than this 3rd world country.  It was nearly $70 to get to the capital city of Amman and it was about 1.5 hour drive from the border.  Finally, I entered my 80th country!
There is not much to see in Amman.  There is a Roman Theater and a Citadel along with some royalty things like the King’s Garden.  The Roman Theater was just across from our hotel.  We could see it from our balcony.  We have seen quite a few Greek and Italian theaters in our day, so this was nothing new to us.  I can say that I did like that it was different.  It was darker than the other ones I had seen.  This was a more sandstone type material rather than whatever was used in Italy and Greece.  The Citadel is not far from our hotel and it is on top of a hill.  You can see most of the city from here.  It has some great views of Amman.    The Citadel has a complex of ruins. The ruins have the typical things like old gathering areas, temple’s and churches.  The famous temple here is the Temple of Hercules, but all that is standing is a few pillars.  We stayed in East Amman and that is quite old.  West Amman is really modern, but quite busy.  We spent some time here at a nice mall and ate at Fuddruckers!  I haven’t eaten here in ages and was able to conquer my one pound hamburger.  I have never seen Claire eat so much in my life.  She had a pound hamburger.  The mall was pretty cheap and it had everything that we needed to get away from the city.  We saw a movie and went to a supermarket to get some really cheap groceries for the upcoming days to Petra.  One of the funny things that we noticed about Jordanian women is that they look half way European. They wear a lot of white make up to make them look whiter.  
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