That is my passport stamp, April 8th is the day we arrived in Amman, the capital of Jordan. Just a way of proving I was actually there. Also it helped me remember when we were there.
Madaba, which is the home of a Mosaic map, which is the oldest map with references to the Holy Land discovered. The map is located at a church and while we were there, it was probably the best place in town to exchange money. You see at that point, the rate was $20=14 Dinar, but if you went to a bank or any exchange place you only received about 13.75 Dinar. So if you are ever there, head to the church to exchange your money.
That short man with the fez beside me was our favorite waiter, who we called Smiley. He was always smiling, obviously. Actually, one night we were there (violating curfew) and enjoying some beers, and we got to hear a pretty good band singing in English.
website. I guess I can show some pictures though, no harm in that, right?
Look at that sexy mo'fo'. Shaving was definitely overrated. Funny thing about the climate, it's really freakin' hot there. But not Florida hot, more like Arizona hot. Actually I have no clue what Arizona is like, but I have been told that it is very dry and very hot.
Also, since most of you are pretty dumb, I am guessing you picture Jordan to look more like what you see in a desert movie. All sand dunes and whatnot...well it's not.
This is starting to get a little long, so I am going to continue this after the jump...hopefully you will follow along to read about all the cool places we went to in Jordan.
Jerash was a Roman city and pretty much completely intact. It was very cool getting to see Greco-Roman ruins without having to head to Italy and Greece.
In all honesty, I really do not remember a ton of stuff from Jerash. It was an awesome time. There were hippodromes, temples, theaters, and just about everything you would expect to see at a site like this.
My favorite thing was probably the amphitheater, which as you can see was pretty damn big. I cannot remember exactly how many it could hold (6000 seems like something I heard at one point), but the interesting thing to me was that no matter where you sat, the people on stage could be heard even if they spoke in a regular voice. Yes, we tested the theory. That is something you hear in an Art History class, but never get a chance to test it out.
For those of you with no knowledge of the Bible (that's that book with gods and stuff), Mount Nebo is the place where Moses saw the promised land and then was buried. The funny thing about the site is that the one guy in our group told a story (he must have told it many times) which was not funny, unless you study this sort of thing.
"Moses asks God to let him see the promised land. So God agrees and parts the clouds and fog, giving Moses a perfect view of....Switzerland."
The other cool thing about Mount Nebo is the cool sculpture. It is the cross entwined with Moses' serpent. Oh never mind, just pick up the Old Testament and read a few chapters.
These were pretty cool. We went to a bunch of them one day, basically they were castles that the Arabian folks used during Crusader times.
Lawrence of Arabia. That is something I heard while I was there. The majority of the time there, Drew and I discussed how cool it would be to play paintball or laser-tag there. How you would try to defend certain areas and whatnot. This was also one of the sites we visited where we did not have any kind of tour. We were allowed to run free.
This is the place you have all been waiting for me to talk about. It is the place we see in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In fact, you may remember my anger at Transformers for screwing up the geography of the region. It was also featured in an episode of Destination Truth, although I have yet to watch it.
I can tell you one thing though, make sure you are in good shape if you ever go there. I am not talking marathon shape or anything, but to get to the top of the site, you have to go for a nice long hike. I doubt I could make it nowadays.
Once you are up there though, this is the view you treated to. I am not one for relaxing and meditating, but I sat up there by myself for like twenty minutes and it felt really cool. Apparently this is also a spot where they performed human sacrifice, but I cannot for the life of me remember how they knew that or who told us that.
After hanging out for the day at the site, we back to our hotel and a few of us got cleaned up (the first non-Turkish prison shower in weeks) and headed out to one of the bars.
Ended up having a great time, but no one thought to take pictures of the evening.
I think I should start wrapping this up before it becomes a book. Needless to say, I had a great time in Jordan. I highly recommend going there if you ever get the chance.
And see, you thought NOTW would be all stupid and ridiculous lies about random countries you never heard of, like Canada.