Amman arrival.

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Our room at the Hotel Intercontinental.
The Amman airport was far less glitzy than where we had just come from (Dubai). I expected to see hotel shuttle buses, but it seemed that taxi was our only option. So we got some cash (Jordanian Dinar) and ended up in a cab which charged a flat fee of 21JD (about $26 if I've done the math right). It seemed high at first, but it was a pretty long drive so the rate wasn't so bad after all.

We are staying at the Hotel Intercontinental, and I was pleased to note that we have a pharmacy, a bookstore, AND a post office within the building. I was not pleased to note the dozens of people smoking right in the hotel lobby. Foul! It's not someting you generally run into at these large international chains.

To enter the building, we had to pass through a metal detector and have our luggage scanned.
City view from our hotel room.
I imagine they started this policy after the devastating 2005 terrorist bombings here in Amman. This was a series of three coordinated suicide bombings at the city's top hotels (Radisson, Grand Hyatt, Day's Inn). 60 people were killed, and the tourism industry took a real beating.

My big activity upon arrival was a visit to the pharmacy (the lady was smoking behind the counter!) and then a peek in the bookstore. Then I needed to go to bed -- I am still having stomach issues, and I was feeling very bad at this point. So Steve explored our neighborhood on his own, stopping at our local grocery store (It's called Haboob. Hee hee.). He came back and reported that we seem to be in a decent area. Good. And hopefully I will be able to get out and see it tomoroow!
lrecht says:
You guys can come visit any time, company is fun, we love to cook and we have a spare room...
Posted on: Jun 20, 2008
cmgervais says:
Be careful, might take you up on that! I have never been to Newport Beach, but have visited San Diego (loved it) and the whole wine country area (loved it). For work, I was commuting to Mill Valley every week for several months. I really like it out there.
Posted on: Jun 20, 2008
lrecht says:
Hope it is cooling down for you guys! Stop by CA on the way home, it is really nice here...
Posted on: Jun 19, 2008
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Our room at the Hotel Intercontine…
Our room at the Hotel Intercontin…
City view from our hotel room.
City view from our hotel room.
Our room at the Hotel Intercontine…
Our room at the Hotel Intercontin…
Our local grocer.
Our local grocer.
Amman
photo by: benwielenga