Ancient City of Um Quays
Trip Start Feb 10, 2005
53Trip End Jan 05, 2006
According to the Bible, Gardara is the place where Jesus cast out the devil from two men into a herd of pigs.
Um Qays is not as well maintained as Jerash or Petra probably because it is so far from the other tourist destinations. Syria and Israel are a stones throw away, literally.
It was nice to walk through the city without many people around. Much of the city is still under sand and there are still active archeological excavations going on. I didn't see Indiana Jones though.
Oh, and the lizards. There were lots of lizards. And I'm not talking about little geckos, I'm talking about big 18 inchers that can scurry faster than I can run. Honestly, I have seen smaller dogs! Fortunately, they dislike humans, and it is pretty hard to get close to one.