Bye bye Jordan
Aqaba Travel Blog› entry 594 of 658 › view all entries
April 26th, 2009 – by: Deats
Aqaba had always been a destination within Jordan that i had been interested in visiting. The thought of long stretches of sandy beach, with ample opportunities to dive and snorkel sounded oh so appealing. Thus, i was a little taken aback by the dirty town and grotty shoreline that greeted our arrival.
We checked into Jerusalem Hotel, which cost 8JD ($11.50) for a grubby double with outside bathroom, although its redeeming feature was the excellent views from our bedroom window. Across the water we could see the Israeli town of Eilat and also Egypt and we were only 15kms from Saudi Arabia, which Julia wasn't all too pleased about.
We set off to explore the ugly aging concrete edifices, which make up the centre of the City and stopped off for some pastries along the way.
We spent the remainder of the day idly wandering around and using the internet for some time. In the evening we decided to go to McDonalds, but Ronald no longer has the desired effect on me or my stomach. Oh how i long for some good fish and chips!
On Monday we had the hotel receptionist banging on our door at 11.00, telling us that check out was right that second and not at midday as we had expected. Normally we would have woken earlier, but the prospect of another day in Aqaba was kind of off putting.
We took our bags and went and sat in a park for the rest of a day, which would have been nice, if it wasn't for the children who were killing birds with slingshots. I could only watch for so long before i chased them away, but then they went and got some deranged adult to come and gesture that they weren't doing anything wrong, which pissed me off even more.
Around 17.00 we caught a minivan to a stretch of beach to the South of the City, which was littered with broken glass, a few Western women in bikinis, Muslim women in hejabs and oil tankers just offshore. It was such a natural setting, i could have mistaken it for Hawaii. As the sun set, we walked to the ferry terminal to catch the 00.00 ferry, which actually didn't leave until 03.00 and rather than taking four hours like promised, we actualy got to Nuweiba nearer to 09.00.
It had been a crappy ending to Jordan, and in general i found the people in the South far less friendly than those in the North and the centre of the country. A bit like England really ;)
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