Video conference with Berkley and Cosmo.
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June 25th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
I am sorry to say that the Golden Tulip was just not up to par. The lobby was sad and dark, and the room cramped, dated, and -- most seriously -- lacking in Internet service. A quick call to Movenpick (our new favorite hotel brand), landed us a sweet last-minute deal, so we hightailed it over. We got a spacious, bright room with a terrace. The hotel is beautiful and right on the beach. Much better! Unfortunately we got stuck paying for one night at the Tulip :^(
The highlight of the afternoon was talking to Steve’s mom on Skype.
Then after a rejuvenating shower to wash off Petra dust, we got the fancy clothes on and headed to the hotel's Red Sea Grill for dinner. It had been 43 degrees C when we arrived (that’s 109 degrees F!!!), and it hadn’t seemed to cool down much, so sitting outside seemed a poor idea. But the restaurant had a beautiful sea view, and plenty of misting nozzles to cool us down, so it worked out well after all. I had a fantastic hearts of palm salad (fresh hearts of palm are like a completely different food from the canned variety!) and a baked potato with veggies. They were very confused that I ordered their "accompaniments" for my main meal, but it was the only vegetarian option. Steve had fish served in a chili-tomato sauce. Everything was excellent. Everything just keeps going well and getting better here in Jordan!
Tomorrow: our big day of diving the Red Sea!
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