But wait, Jerash is amazing!
Trip Start Aug 15, 2009
18Trip End Oct 15, 2009
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But wow! This place was amazing. We arrive around 10 am and once again were there before any other tour groups so we had our run of the place. We ran up and down the steps of temples taking goofy group pictures and then went into the Roman theatre at the far side of the site and had the stage all to ourselves where I directed the group in a short play/photo shoot. These ruins rival anything I've seen in Italy, and we had them almost to ourselves for the whole day
As we walked back to the taxis I started feeling really ill. It was hot outside and I figured it was just from sitting in the sun but I was very uncomfortable for the ride back to Amman and decided to skip lunch and lie down for a while. Later I joined the group for dinner at a Japanese restaurant, which was a mistake because I was still feeling bad. I must have had some food poising or stomach bug because I couldn't keep anything down all afternoon and was still feeling queasy on the flight to London the next day. A bad way to end a trip to two amazing countries.
Even with my mixed feeling about the Jordan portion of the tour, I still consider this trip one of the greatest I've ever taken. The wide span of history in Egypt and Jordan is unrivaled. Each day was so different, a focus on Ancient Egypt one day, and Modern Egypt the next, Roman, Nabateans and Crusaders all passed through the area and left their marks
This trip is full of moments I will never forget, but now that it is done my Top 5 Experiences were:
1) The first few shaky steps my camel took at the Pyramids, less than 12 hours after touching down in Egypt. Nothing kick starts a holiday like this view and that feeling.
2) Rounding the corner for the first glimpse of Abu Simbel, the best temple of the trip.
3) Laughing as we rode the donkey to the Valley of the Kings. There was something so comical about us all on our little donkeys running down the middle of the road.
4) Enjoying a great dinner on the beach, under the moonlight, at the Red Sea as my chair legs sunk into the sand.
5) Floating in the Dead Sea with 14 new friends.
For the views from two other Canadians on my tour check out http://www.svadventures.blogspot.com/