September 20th, 2007 – by: Haselager
Abdullah Mosqee, Amman, Jordan
With an exiting group of 20 people we arrived in Amman on the 19th september 2007. The flight from Amsterdam is only 3,5 to 4 hours. We were welcomed by a Dutch and a Jordanese gide. Though .... our Jordanese gide Moawi actually was Dutch, with a Dutch pasport and spoke the Dutch language. He originally came from Jordan, and after 20 years in Holland he came back to Jordan to help his family, but as a Dutch citizen. And now he travels with Dutch people anxious to meet the Jordan culture. After the meeting, it was allready late in the afternoon when we arrived, we went to a fine restaurant to meet and eat. Amman is really a big city, build on 13 hills, with a population of 2.5 million people.
Citadel, Amman, Jordan
After dinner we went to our hotel. In september and october it was Rammadan in Jordan, which means no eating in during the afternoon and no alcohol. But, perhaps illigal, we could get some beers in the hotel, which we could not resist. They knew their way with treir prizes, 7 euro's per drink!!! Probably because alcohol is hard to get in an Islamitic country.
The next day I woke up on 5 o'clock. The wake-up call was made by the mosque, they allways open at 5 and we could hear these throughout the city. At half past eight time for a simple breakfast and time to visit some culture. On the first day: Amman and Jerash!! What to see in Amman: the king Abdullah mosque, the Citadel (of Hercules), the Roman Amphitheatre. You can come inside the king Abdullah mosque, even if you have another religion! And what surprised me, across every mosque there is build a church, to respect each religion.
Amman view, Jordan
The girls in our group must cover there hair, and had to ware black clothes, which give great pictures. The men only had to wear trouses over the knees. After visiting this great mosque it was time to go to the citadel. Tip: the citadel really is high located in Amman, great view over the city, but also very hot, so come like us in the morning!! On the citadel, which is more than a thousand years old there is also a museum and we also visited an very old sacred mosque which is out of use. It is a must if you visit Amman. After this it was time for another highlight of the city, the Roman Amphiteatre! The atmosphere is still so great, that it still after 2.000 years is in use for concerts. The sound of an Amphitheater is unique, no modern stadium or building can still beat an old Amphitheater when it comes to Opera. After some afternoon tea (tip: drink it inside, not very wise to drink ouside when the Islamic people has there Ramadan) we went to the old Roman city Jerash.