I looked over Jordan, and what did I see...
Trip Start Jun 28, 2008
12Trip End Aug 15, 2008
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After sweating enough to make our own Jordan Rivers, we got back in the taxi and drove literally through the desert surrounding the Dead Sea, up through hills to Mount Nebo. As I said before, this is where Moses climbed to see the Promised Land before he died, and wow, it must've been a tough hike. The rolling hills were breathtaking, and the views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea were spectacular. When we finally made it to the mountain, we walked to the top, where there were even more incredible views. We could see all the way to Amman, and Israel and Palestine, of course. We didn't spend too much time there, but it was still well worth it.
Then, we drove through more hills to the town of Madaba, which we had visited before with our class for dinner. This time, though we were able to see the famous Church of the Map, which was incredible, as it has the oldest known map of the Middle East
Upon leaving Madaba, we all assumed we were returning to Amman, but in true Jordanian fashion, the taxi driver invited us to his father's home for tea, and we felt obliged to accept. So, he drove us to the house, which was Bedouin from the looks of it, and once again we were segregated; the women went into the house and sat on cushions, while the men did the same out on the porch. The tea is always really good, but it can get very awkward really fast, so thankfully we only spent a half an hour or so. It was very interesting, though.
Overall, it was an amazing day, and well worth the money and sweat. I had a wonderful time with my friends here, who are all very funny and friendly, and I'm very thankful we get along so well. Other than that, I've been studying hard and exploring Amman while I still have time, like going downtown to the ally way restaurants to get delicious falafel and hummus, or buying backlava and kanafa (a delicious dessert here) from the local bakeries. It's lots of fun. I miss you all and I hope your summers are wonderful. By the way, you can make comments on any of my entries at the bottom of the page, where is says "post a comment". I would love to hear what you think!