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Tuesday, March 31, 1998
Amman, Jordan
Jordan's Flag

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 - Jerash - Amman
Start: Amman, Jordan
Stop 1. Jerash
End:Amman, Jordan
Linear:52 miles
Weather: Overcast

Available Photos:

Ruins and Wildflowers Jerash, Jordan

Forum and the Cardo The South Theatre, Jerash, Jordan

The Agora Jerash, Jordan

Wildflowers Jerash, Jordan

Roman sign Jerash, 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: 355
Linear Dist: 96943
Countries Visited: 30
Regions Visited: 114
More stats...
Hotels: 74
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 38
Hostels: 113
Transit: 32
Beers: 1443

Journal Entry:
Headed off to see the ruined city of Jerash. I decided to make it an adventure (and save about $10) by taking the local public transportation (27 fils, about $.40 each way). I managed (As usual) to get lost finding the bus station, so I had a nice lunch and figured out where I was. Got to the bus station, found the right line (I thought) and waited. I was in the right spot, what I was mistaked about was it being a line. As soon as the bus pulled up everyone rams for the door, it was a bit scary, but there were about 60 people waiting, and maybe 20 seats. I got on, and a soldier that I had asked directions from had even saved me a seat. 40 minutes later, Jerash!

Jerash is quite large, and very pretty. It's built on and around some low hills, and the entire area was covered with wild flowers. Honestly I enjoyed the flowers a lot more than the ruins (there are so many Roman ruins in the part of the world - it's like castles or churches in Europe). The highlight was walking down the Cardo (colunaded street) and realizing that it was still paved with the same stones that were lput down over two thousand years ago. Grooves carved by thousands and thousands of chariots were still very visable.

The bus back was not nearly as exciting (there were plenty of seats). Spent the eveing at the internet cafe adding flags to the pages.

Related Sites:
ArabNet: Jordan, Tour Guide, Jerash
CNN: Current Weather in Amman
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Jordan
CIA World Fact Book: Jordan

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