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Thursday, April 2, 1998
Amman, Jordan
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Amman, Jordan:
Latitude: 31° 57' 8" North
Longitude: 35° 55' 54" East
Altitude: 274 feet
From Seattle: 8425 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Vinice

Today's Travel:
Country: Jordan
Region: Greater Amman
Route: Bus: Amman - Suweimeh - Amman
Start: Amman, Jordan
Stop 1. Suweimeh (Dead Sea)
End:Amman, Jordan
Linear:50 miles
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Reading at the Dead Sea Suweimeh, Jordan

Reading at the Dead Sea Suweimeh, Jordan

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 357
Linear Dist: 96993
Countries Visited: 30
Regions Visited: 114
More stats...
Hotels: 76
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 38
Hostels: 113
Transit: 32
Beers: 1457

Journal Entry:
Got up early went on a hunt for my Jordanian visa extenstion. I'd been told I had to go to the Ministry of the Interior so I got there (via several mistarts and a very crowded service taxi). I stood in line, was told to go outside and buy a revenue stamp (100 fils ~= 15 cents), which strangely enough also doubled as the snack bar (I guess there is only one cashier). Then I stood in line again, and got sent off to the Residence and Border Department via a taxi, where they took a look at my passport stamped a new visa good for three months in it at no charge. They never asked for the revenue stamp. I think the guy at the Ministry didn't no what to do with me so he just sold me their cheapest stamp.

Went to meet the girls at their hotel and Jeanne, Laura, Rachel and I head for the Dead Sea. We find a small bus and get droped off in the middle of the desert an hour later. It costs us 2.5 JD (~$4) to get into the government resort (run by the department of Social Security investments), and that got us access to a filthy changing room, cold showers (mens were out on the beach), and a 100 yards of dirt beach. However the water was amazing. It would be almost impossible to drown there, it took a significant amount of effort to put your feet under the water. It really was like floating I'll definitely go back from the Israel side as well.

Met the girls to go to the Hard Rock Cafe (we'd been craving the Nachos all day). It's way outside town and it took us forever to get there, only to find there was a special promotion going on and we couldn't go in. Laura and Jeanne used to work at the Hard Rock in Paris and are going to start working at the one in Doha and had the name of the general manager that they were supposed to say hi to. So they went in got the rest of us invited in and we ate for free. Unfortunately we had to pay for most of the drinks - and there were a lot of them. When closing time came we went out with one of the visiting managers and eventually ended up drinking at his hotel room. Some time after it got light I decided I needed to go if I was going to make it to the West Bank today. So I left the girls and our hosts and hiked around trying to figure out where I was or find a taxi.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Amman
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Jordan
CIA World Fact Book: Jordan

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