Visa Geezers..

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Well we're now in Amman, Jordan (This e-mail covers our overall time spent in Amman over a 3 week period so sorry if it's a bit confusing. We have updated it as of today, the 10-10-2006).

Our time in Jordan was totally unexpected but the whole visa experience for this trip has been painful to say the least. After unsuccessfully attempting to get our Pakistan visa in Damascus whilst awaiting our Iranian visa we were told we had to get it in Amman as there is an Australian embassy in Amman (if that all makes sense).

Anyway, to cut to the chase we were refused our Iranian visa whilst in Damascus and today have just been granted it whilst here in Amman. This after waiting 4 weeks and having totally given up and bought two one way tickets to Peshawar, Pakistan. Oh well, thems the breaks and Pakistan here we come and Iran, maybe we'll see you one day in the next 30 years.

We had some initial dramas around the Pakistan visa due to us being non residents in Jordan but the consul decided I was a gentleman (good lord) and that Australia and Pakistan were friendly countries. I think my buttering him up with cricket and hockey talk was what did it. He then wanted to know all about my job (or lack of it) and how much I earned. I told him I was a CEO of Trump Australia Ltd and that if he worked for me he'd be fired in a second.

The Indian visa was much easier but both of them were very expensive. Certainly one of the biggest expenses of the trip has been these bloody visas and that doesn't include the almost 3 week detour in Jordan which is a country you can cover in 1 week.

But thems the breaks. We have no photos of Amman as it's a pretty boring place to be. I'd suggest never coming here if you can avoid it as there's nothing to see and it's expensive (as is the rest of Jordan). All we've really done with our time in Amman (about 9 days of visa formalities) is eat (food is very very ordinary), watch movies (which has been nice), and get ripped off by frigging taxi drivers when we want to go anywhere. God I hate those bastards.

There's a roman theatre where the people were shot two days or so before we arrived, but it's nothing special and not worth the entrance fee. There's a citadel on top of the hill overlooking the city but it looks pretty crap as well so we haven't bothered going up there. We've had a look around some of the nicer parts of Amman but all in all we'd much rather have spent the extra time in Damascus which has so much more to offer.

So there you have it, a totally uninspiring TravelPod from Amman but from where we sit there's nothing inspiring to report. Our advice, spend no more than a day here and organise your visas elsewhere. We unfortunately had no choice due to having our Iranian visa refused in Damascus. What a debacle.


Nath and Kat.
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