Monday, August 15, 2011

last day in amman

Our last day in Amman was possibly the best day we spent there.  We started the day by walking up to Rainbow Street where there are lookout points with beautiful views.  To reach the lookout points, you have to endure a rigorous walk up some steep streets and staircases.  That was fine by me since all I've been doing is sitting on planes and eating tons of food from street vendors.  I needed the exercise!

Here's the beginning of the steep walk.


The huge Jordanian flag over the city.
The view.





We passed a Seventh Day Adventist church on the way.

The coolest part of the view is that you can see the Citadel overlooking the city. It's at the top of one of the highest hills. The city of Amman dates back to 10050 BC and it's one of the worlds oldest most continuously inhabited in places. (Pshh.... and we think a 200 year old building in the U.S. is old haha).  The history behind things here just blows my mind.  The Citadel contains Roman ruins, Greek ruins, Persian ruins, and Macedonian ruins just to name a few.  Many civilizations have occupied this area.



After the walk up there, we were pretty tired.  We went back to our room, ate, slept, and then met up with a guy  named Mu'ath who works for the Jordanian Post.  Again - I cannot even begin to express how sincerely nice and hospitable people are here.  Mu'ath was just a genuinely nice guy who was eager to show us around and we had such a fun time with him. 

Our plan was to meet Mu'ath at the same mosque I showed you earlier.  Michael gave him a description of me so he would know who to look for when we met (since we'd only spoken over emails & never in person).  It must have been pretty easy to spot us because not only was I the only white person, but I was the only female around.  We decided to head up to the Citadel for the festival called "Citdael Nights".  Unfortunately, the Citadel closes pretty early, so we wouldn't be able to actually go in and see the ruins, but we figured the festival would be fun.  So we jumped in a taxi and in no time we reached the top.

When we got there, I was snapping pictures of the ruins from outside the fence when a security guard comes up to us and I'm wondering if I did something wrong or if he's going to tell us that we need to keep moving.  He approaches us and says that the park is closed and that it costs like $10 per person to get in.  It opens again in the morning though. 



Then he says, "do you want to go inside?  I can't let you go in alone, but I will escort you."  So the security guard gives us a private tour of the ruins - for free - and we get the whole place to ourselves (it's usually crawling with tourists)!!!!  And he knows his stuff.  We got a huge history lesson from him throughout the entire tour!

I think this is the Temple of Hercules - Roman ruins.





About to enter the mosque!



The Romans used this to build arches and domes.
Next to Michael is our wonderful security guard!

Here is our friend Mu'ath!

The Citadel Nights festival next door.

The ampitheater below the Citadel!


My favorite vendor at the festival! 
I bought some of her handmade jewelry.

These scarves represent Palestine (white) and Jordan (red).

We had SO much fun!  Thank you Mu'ath for the tour.

2 comments:

  1. Nicole, I love following your blog and I am insanely jealous of your adventures. I am glad you two are making the most of your opportunities there and thank you for sharing with us :)

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