Short stop in Amman

Amman Travel Blog

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Picture taken from the roof of my hotel big church next to a big mosque

Heading from Jerash to Amman leads you through the Jordanian dessert which got some green patches here and there producing loads of vegetables in some places. All in all the driving is pretty in my opinion - but then again - I like the dessert.

 

I am not staying long in Amman only for the night - but my hotel is in the middle of town so I thought hey this is gone be some easy sightseeing. Well I started by going to the roof of my hotel - there in the centre of Jordan a giant mosque right next to a big church. Once again an example of how the different religions actually have managed to live together in the Middle East.

 

I walk out of the hotel and realize I am in the government district of town.

The main mosque - the machinegun armed gourds were not too happy with my camera.
All the building on one side of the road is some sort of official buildings. Back home you would not mark this kind of building with anything except maybe a plaque - not so around here. In front of all the building there are gourds armed with fully automatic weapons and on the top of one building is a couple of machineguns nests. Welcome to central Amman.

 

Naive as I am I try to take a picture of the mosque from the street - my camera is clearly pointing away from the official buildings - but the guards are not happy with the sight of my camera and tells me in Arabic put the damn camera away - or at least I think that is want he says. Well I convince him it will not be a matter of national security if I take one picture of the mosque and he says ok - one quick picture and camera away.

 

I try to continue my walking tour around town but it seems I get to dead ends with guards on all four corners not wanting me to go where they are - hence I give up go back to my hotel and head out for dinner - on streets open to the public.

 

After dinner it is time to make use of the roof of the hotel - it will make a perfect bar. Unfortunately there is no service in the bar but you can bring your own Syrian duty free stuff - so I do. At midnight there is fireworks in Amman - Petra had been nominated as a modern wonder of the world and made the list - cool I will go there in two days.

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Picture of the green in the dessert
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Amman
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