Amman and Jerash

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Streets in Amman
We didn't spend a lot of time inside Amman, except in the evening for dinner and to pick up some basic necessities as our luggage did not make the connecting flight from Dubai. It was not an easy task finding a fresh pair of underwear in the middle of the night and a pharmacy for my contacts.

During the day we made our way out to Jerash, which is about 40 minutes outside of Amman and known as one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world. Much of the site remains underground, but what has been excavated is impressive enough. The amazing columns and cobblestone roads featured very well preserved storefronts on both sides, temples, water ducts...definitely a site worth visiting. Our guide at Jerash was very knowledgeable and gave an excellent tour of the sites.

The visit ended with a somewhat abnormal experience of listening to a local windpipe band play in the amphitheater. They were great, but the combination of Scottish windpipes and Jordanians in military outfit was just - odd. But apparently this was a result of Scottish influence left behind by Scottish soldiers in thepast (please correct me if I'm wrong) and the locals there took a liking to it. Anyhow...
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Columns at Jerash
I've always wanted to visit the Middle East: I'm an avid history, culture, politics buff and the Middle East has always been a region I've been very interested in. Of course I had hoped that I would be able to do an extended trip through several countries, but for one reason or the other the opportunity just never came around and I've had to put the plans aside. But this year I've finally managed to put a trip together. Unfortunately due to the current and ongoing tragedies and injustice happening in the Middle East, many of the places I most wanted to visit were not reasonable choices. So instead I opted for a visit to Jordan. The trip certainly didn't disappoint, and it was a great experience.

The general itinerary for the trip was to start in Amman, then drive down to Petra, visit a few of the crusader castles, spend a night out in Wadi Rum, and end up by the Dead Sea.
Streets in Amman
Streets in Amman
Columns at Jerash
Columns at Jerash
The flag of Jordan towering over p…
The flag of Jordan towering over …
The main road into Jerash
The main road into Jerash
Remains of a temple
Remains of a temple
Surviving Pillars
Surviving Pillars
An old olive tree providing some s…
An old olive tree providing some …
A stone coffin
A stone coffin
The Jordanian Bag Pipers!
The Jordanian Bag Pipers!
Hanging out with my buddy the guid…
Hanging out with my buddy the gui…