A day in the countryside

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Lion statue at Qasr al-Abad
People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

Today the sun was shining and the birds were singing, so we took the opportunity to leave Amman and visit our first Wadi (Valley) in Jordan - Wadi as-Seer. Located only 9kms to the West of the Capital, it makes for an easyish day trip, although we had to travel further than this to reach the terminal in the South, from our couchsurfers home in the North!

Unsure of how to reach the bus station, we decided to take the scientific approach and just jump on any passing bus, then try to follow its route on a map and get off the second it turned in a direction that we didn't want it to. By some stroke of good luck, this took us within a 30 minute walk of where we needed to be, which in Amman is actually a pretty short distance.
Qasr al-Abad
The second minivan took about half an hour to reach the village of Wadi as-Seer, from where it was a 10km walk to Qasr al-Abad and Iraq al-Amir, which is what we had come to see. Even though there were minivans plying the route, we decided to walk, but then a friendly Jordanian man stopped in his truck and offered to give us a lift, so who were we to argue!

Qasr al-Abad (Palace of the Slave) was first on our agenda, which was a ruined Palace with impressive lion carvings on the outside wall. We were happy enough to just look around the outside, but the guardian was insistent that we had to go in for a look, but there turned out to be nothing to see there. After a few seconds we exited the small ruins and the cheeky old sod then asked for 1JD ($1.33) for letting us in, even though we hadn't wanted to go in! To visit Ammans sights had only cost 0.
Views around Wadi as-Seer
15JD ($0.20), so i wasn't going to pay him 7 times the amount for nothing! He grumbled a bit when i explained this to him, then turned his attention on to some other unsuspecting tourists that had just arrived.

The Palace didn't take too long to walk around, so then we walked a few hundred metres uphill to Iraq al-Amir (Caves of the Prince). There was nothing to see here, and i am not really sure why the hell the Lousy Planet even mentioned this place. We decided to sit there and eat some food and take a rest, as there wasn't anything else to do! From here we walked a bit further up the mountain to get some nice nice views into the Wadi, before flagging a bus down and heading back to Amman.

It was only 15.30 when we reached the City, so we opted to walk home, which took two hours, but it gave us another good work out. Julia once again cooked us a lovely Dinner and we spent the remainder of the evening trying to organise our couchsufing hosts for Israel.
Deats says:
We go back to Jordan next week and we will go there for sure :) Really excited about it as ive seen so many pictures and heard so many stories!
Posted on: Apr 07, 2009
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Lion statue at Qasr al-Abad
Lion statue at Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Views around Wadi as-Seer
Views around Wadi as-Seer
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Qasr al-Abad
Julia models my sunglasses
Julia models my sunglasses
Deats ponders life on Earth
Deats ponders life on Earth
A goat at Iraq al-Amir
A goat at Iraq al-Amir
Iraq al-Amir
Iraq al-Amir
Views around Wadi as-Seer
Views around Wadi as-Seer
Views from Iraq al-Amir
Views from Iraq al-Amir
Views around Wadi as-Seer
Views around Wadi as-Seer
Wadi as Sir
photo by: Deats