Our group grows in Jordan

Trip Start Nov 22, 2010
Trip End Jan 11, 2011

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Eleven of our original thirteen continue onto Jordan, but we pick up another eleven in Amman. The bus trip from Damascus to Amman is uneventful, but rather long for such a short trip. The byzantine border crossing formalities add several hours, as we stand around for forty five minutes with our bags sitting out waiting for the customs official to "inspect" them, which consists of waving his arm over them. But our wait is nothing compared to the literally miles of trucks parked on the side of the road heading the other direction. It looks like they have to wait for days to bring goods into Syria!

We finally make it to our hotel in Amman around two, where we meet one of our new travelers, Travis. After a lengthy taxi ride to the mall, it's nearly four and no one's had lunch yet. The mall is a pathetic thing, with almost no customers, most shops closed for the weekend, and only one restaurant. But it's actually quite a good restaurant. I decide to be brave and order the beef fajitas--Mexican food anywhere more than 200 miles from the Mexican border is always iffy. But they're actually quite good. 

The next morning is the first decent breakfast in a while, followed by a trip to the Amman citadel and museum. Settlements at the citadel date back over 7000 years. It's home to both the Roman Temple of Hercules and the Umayyid Mosque. Museum exhibits include the Dead Sea Scrolls and some of the oldest sculptures ever found.

We spend the afternoon in Jerash, a former Roman city similar to Palmyra. The ruins are getting a little familiar at this point, but Jerash is still a fun experience.
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