2018 Adventures travel blog

Hadrian's arch

A gladiator prepares

Inside the amphitheatre

Looking from the hill toward the central oval and the cardo

The road

Baking bread

Home hosted dinner

Happy birthday, Roger!

A wedding out the window

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Yesterday was Roger's birthday. We had a trip to Jerash and a Saracen castle, a traditional lunch, and a home hosted dinner.

Jerash was about an hour and a half drive from Amman. It has great Roman ruins built on top of Greek ones. It was hot, but we have hats and water and we take it slowly. I was remembering my third grade social studies lesson about Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns. Our guide showed us the amphitheatre, the road and the crossroads where you choose to go back to Amman or forward to Damascus. There were bagpipers in the amphitheatre (Jordan had been a British protectorate, hence the pipes) and dancers . Down in the hippodrome there was going to be a chariot race and gladiators, but our group passed on that.

Those Romans built everywhere! Hadrian has an arch in his honor; he certainly got around. Just a couple of years ago we saw his wall in the UK.

On the way to Jerash we stopped at the river where Jacob wrestled with the angel, or God. Our guide reviewed the story of Jacob and Esau, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel.

On the way back to town we stopped at a Saracen castle; from the top we had a view clear to Israel.

After a full day, we had a rest and then a home hosted dinner. Our host has lived in the US, but he is in all sorts of enterprises now in Jordan. The food was terrific, an "upside down" dish with chicken, rice, potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes, and spices. We also had a birthday cake for Roger!

For the second night in a row there was a wedding outside our window. They shut down around 11 or so, and as we could look down on the courtyard from our room, it looked like everyone was having a great time.

We spent last night back in Amman in the same hotel, making this a 4 night stay. Today we move on to the south. We are experiencing quite a different culture, and the discussions on the bus and among our fellow travelers add to the mosaic of the trip.

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