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By far the biggest surprise on this journey has been Jordan. I didn’t expect the beauty of this country or the warmth of the people. From the moment you arrive in Jordan there is a genuine inquiry as to where you are from and then always a “welcome to Jordan” or ”Jordan welcomes you”. These people are open, generous and honest. We managed to see most of the sites over five days but I honestly believe you could spend a month without a problem. Amman is a beautiful city stacked with Roman ruins. The amphitheatre has been restored to it’s former glory and is still used. Brenton and I managed a small rendition of in front of a crowd of two but the atmosphere was awesome. Matt has decided to play a game of cards at all the sacred sites that he has visited so no place is sacred. We have been forced to play cards in the ancient city of Petra amongst the ancient ruins, the Citadel above Amman where Hecules’ was honoured and the ancient amphitheatre. History has different meanings for all of us, for Matt it’s just another old thing after another and if you can see a skull or skeleton or any type of weapon that can kill, well that’s pretty cool. The rest of us have some kind of respect. We decided to take a night down in a desert area called Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum not only sounds exotic, it is. The scenery is spectacular and the setting makes for a great night. We were joined by about fifty local Jordanians who welcomed us with open arms, we danced and ate and talked around an open fire. It was terrific. The morning was beautiful with the sunrise on the rock escarpments changing colours almost constantly. We jumped in the back of a four wheel drive ute and toured Wadi Rum for about two and a half hours and honestly some of the most breathtaking desert scenery you could imagine. Our journey continued on to Aqaba, a small beach side city before we headed back to Amman and then on to the Dead Sea. It’s the strangest feeling being held up completely by the water but try as you may there is no way you can sink in the Dead Sea. The salt content is eight times the norm so even little fatties can stay afloat without a problem. I can’t mention Jordan without commenting on the food. This place is the kebab centre of the world. The kebab shops are plentiful and cheap. One dinar gets you the closest to kebab heaven as you’re ever going to get and if that’s not enough the Jordanians really know how to bbq a chook. We ate until our gills were exploding and it still only cost us about fifteen bucks. All the good work we did in Asia losing weight has been slowly eroded due to the hospitality of the Jordanians. I can always gauge a place by the enthusiasm of Brenton and Matt in regards to their willingness to return. Both reckon Jordan was unreal and would definitely be on their return hit list. We were in Jordan when all hell broke loose in Syria. There were many travellers stuck in our hotel and all talk was of unrest in the region. The shame of it all is that the whole middle east is tarred with the same brush, Jordan is a safe and stable country with great people and a lot to see and do. Andiamo.

Posted by mike1967 03:53 Archived in Jordan

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