Monday, December 18, 2006

Yesterday I met one of my friend whom I knew since she were in UAE but now in Jordan, we decided to go to Old view cafe but things didn't work as until 10:40 AM they weren't yet open, so we decided to walk around until they open so we can sit and talk instead of suffering the cold weather but after twenty minutes of walking we suddenly decided to go to Jerash.


We walked to down town and then headed to Al-Abdali, unfortunately the bus on the queue was 50 passenger kind of bus so we had to wait about one hour to fill it and go same happened to Portuguese tourists whom we helped to find Jerash bus and whom asked me if I were Palestinian refugee or Jordanian ? sounds like LonelyPlanet guide are ruined and full of such not very accurate information about Jordan but I didn't bother explaining that they are not refugees any more as they've melted down long time ago, they got full rights in Jordan just like any Jordanian but yet they have the refugee status so they can nag for compensations from U.N and other local organizations.

The bus wasn't as bad as I told my friend but all I was trying to do is to have her prepared to breath the diesel smoke but this didn't happen, when we arrived to the main gate of the site it was closed so we had to walk about 10 minutes so we can enter from the other gate, they made it very clear at that gate that we have to buy tickets but the tickets booth was closed so we thought it's not required any more so we headed to start the journey but oops there are another gate with two policemen checking for tickets
Jerash - Ticket check
what a waste of resources, two policemen checking for tickets? and what! we had to go about 600 meter back to buy tickets just because they were smart enough at the main gate when they decided to close it and didn't mention anything about the closed ticket booth, in our way to buy the tickets we saw our Portuguese friends and now they helped us and told us where we have to buy the tickets from.

Anyway, Policemen and all guides were polite more than enough but it was annoying to walk back to buy the ticket especially that they got booth at the ticket check place so they can just sell it there.

Finally we are in! but what to do ? it's very unplanned trip, I don't know much about the site history nor my friend does so we had to do the dirty plan FOLLOW THE WHITE BEAR! plan, we hunted for any tourists with a guide and nyahahah! we found American tourists with a guide, so we start walking very close to them trying to hear what the guide is saying and it worked! neyahahahah! yes we have learned a bit about Jerash history, The guide was cool enough to talk to us and suggest some places to take photos from and of and all of that was for FREE! neyahahahah


At the museum they had some sculpture they found in Ein Ghazal and I don't really know what's the connection between those sculptures and Jerash and you know what, it's very small museum, The Citadel one are much bigger and more informative but hey we were trying our luck, the trip were really amazing, actually we checked every inch in the site even the caves and the underground paths or whatever they call it, despite the Tea guy didn't recommend going down and he tried to intimidate us BE CAREFUL IT'S FULL OF SNAKES DOWN THERE but hey it's winter and the weather was freezing and snakes would never make it out in such climate but you know what, I wish we had listened to the guy! not because we found three snakes welcome us but because there was nothing there at all to look at, it wasn't worthy to go down to the underground paths.

The tea guy tried to sell us some old coins but I thought those are either fake or he's doing illegal stuff but who cares, not interested in such thing.

Now time to head back to Amman, it's 5:00 PM, regular buses are not there so we had to take our chance which was a very nice man who work in selling pigeon and he was in Jerash for pigeon trade, what I didn't note before going with him that his car was like just coming from the world wide war LoL, he didn't have lights at all nor the road to Amman, so we were driving by chasing others lights, interesting isn't it ?

The other thing that he didn't note before leaving is filling the car with gas! damn it stopped at Ein Al basha! if it only worked for more few kilos we would be in Swileh! so we turned back to Baqa'aa to find a gas station, thing worked smoothly.

The driver had very normal characteristic of any Jordanian, he was honest, helping and it was hard to for him to accept money for the ride! he just wanted to help, while in the way to Amman we talked about almost everything and it was like we know each other since Adam and Eve age heh but yes this is very normal in Jordan.

Finally we are in Amman! Lovely Amman, Ok we are starving and we really need big dose of any thing classified as food so it's the Hardee's junk meal and oops end of the story.

You can see more photos at Orange tree flickr page

Trip to Jerash - 16-11-2006
Trip to Jerash - 16-11-2006
Trip to Jerash - 16-11-2006
Trip to Jerash - 16-11-2006Trip to Jerash - 16-11-2006

[tags] Jordan, Jerash, trip [/tags]

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