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    • Day 20

      Funkpause ante portas

      May 26, 2022 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Guten Morgen aus Amman!
      Heute bereiten wir uns auf vier Nächte in der Wüste vor. Der Mondeo bekommt eine neue Lichtmaschine, inshallah. Und wir bunkern Wasser & Speise.
      Ob und wann wir in den nächsten Tagen Netz haben - nur Allah der Mächtige weiß es. Die königl. Hofbildstelle meldet sich deshalb prophylaktisch schon mal ab, bis auf Weiteres.
      Bleibt uns gewogen!
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    • Day 20

      Im Sternenhimmel

      May 26, 2022 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Wenn Dich Wildfremde in ihre Werkstatt auf einen Kaffee einladen - dann bist Du in der Schrauberstraße von Amman gelandet.

      Hier wird noch repariert, nicht nur getauscht. Und vor allem wird improvisiert. Genies beherrschen das Chaos und verwandeln Alteisen in halbwegs fahrtücjtuge Autos. Und führen Benzingespräche mit Gästen, deren Sprache sie nicht sprechen. Faszinaton pur.

      Daimler steht hier hoch im Kurs. Der Stern aus Stuttgart steht über allem. "Welcome. Where are you from? Allemagne! Mercedes is the best! You want coffee?"
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    • Day 21

      Große Buben spielen im Sand

      May 27, 2022 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Naja, eher im Geröll...
      Wir sind in Terrain unterwegs, für das Pkw nicht gedacht sind. Was den Spaßfaktor verdreifacht.
      Staub in jeder Ritze, jeder Kerbe. Aber die Technik hält durch. Das Personal sowieso.
      Status des Fuhrparks: Chryssie hat ihr Endrohr eingebüßt, der Raudi trompetet auch recht munter, ansonsten weitgehend störungsfreier Verlauf trotz glühender Kupplungen.
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    • Day 20

      Auf der Zielgeraden

      May 26, 2022 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Der Lichtmaschinentausch am Mondeo, komplizierter als erwartet wegen verwinkelter Bauweise, nähert sich dem Abschluss. Ein Highlight der Reise, dieser Werkstattbesuch.

      Ein halbes Dutzend Mechaniker, teils blutjung, waren drei Stunden beschäftigt. Endsumme: 50 Dinar (60 Euro).Read more

    • Day 149

      Travel day

      August 17, 2022 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

      Miles: 2.0 Steps: 4816
      Flights stairs: 6

      As we leave Europe and head into Asia/Africa, we have a bit of nervousness. Many parts of Europe felt a lot like home, or at least places we’d been in the US. Somewhat familiar and “normal”. We’ve slowly adjusted to the cultures around us. Eastern Europe much different than Western, but still nothing too extreme.

      Today we flew into Amman, Jordan. We’re officially in the Middle East … which is a little unsettling - everyone says we’re fine as long as we stay clear of the Syrian border … so we’ll stay clear of the Syrian border. 🥺 The city’s claim to fame is its the 3rd most ugly city in the world!!! 😳 And so far, from what we’ve seen, possibly.

      We arrived and did our normal routine in a new country … locate a SIM card so we have GPS and data, find a “trustworthy” ATM to get local currency, and figure out the transportation situation. A taxi from Amman airport is spendy … almost $70. So … I found a local express bus and we got on that instead. $3 each. It got us close to our hotel, and then we Uber’d the rest of the way for $3. Much more affordable.

      I book all of our accommodations online, sight unseen. I go off reviews, pictures, locations. So far we’ve done fairly well. We’ve had a few locations that weren’t the best, but overall, done okay. Pictures and descriptions can be deceiving tho.

      Today, when the Uber driver dropped us off at the hotel, we were scared. There was NOTHING that resembled a hotel. Nothing. GPS said it should be close, but all we saw was what appeared to be condemned or abandoned buildings. So we went to where it was telling us … and there was a small sign for our hotel. Right dead center in the … mess. 😳 long story short, the positive is that it was much nicer inside than out, but it’s still not good. Luckily it’s a private room, and we’re here just one night so making the best of it.

      When traveling without a car, the intent is always to get as close to the center of town as possible. It’s where the tourist attractions or sites usually are, and it just makes it easier getting around. Up till today, it’s worked like a charm. This time it appears the closer we got to the center of town, the more it resembled a chaotic, war zone. Should be VERY interesting heading out tomorrow to explore Amman.
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    • Day 150

      Piglet does brave things

      August 18, 2022 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

      Miles: 6.7 Steps: 16366
      Flights stairs: 19

      I stepped out of my comfort zone today in so many ways, and felt very brave and accomplished.

      First, I wandered the streets of Amman … alone. Jordan unexpectedly found she had a friend visiting Amman also (same one she saw in Budapest) so she met up with her which left me seeing the sites solo. It was actually very fun and I felt adventurous.

      I hit the Roman Theater and then did a 25 minute walk to the Citadel Hill. Both Roman ruins from when they occupied Amman centuries ago. Then I walked 35 minutes more through the streets of Amman to the Jordan Museum which was neat to see. And then walked back to the hotel all though the local markets. Not really an area with tourists, just locals. I felt like I stood out like a sore thumb. Ubers are dirt cheap here but chose to walk instead to see the surroundings more and get some miles in, since we haven’t really done much while poolside for the last few days.

      We’ve decided to break away from the buses and such and rent a car for our time in Jordan! It’s the way you get around here, so we’ll be on our own for the next 10 days. I drove for the first time in 5 months!! It felt very strange, but nice to be behind a wheel again.

      We drove about 90 minutes north towards Syria to the town of Jerash. Driving is CRAZY here - there aren’t any lines on the roads to show lanes - so there are as many lanes as cars that can fit across. Sometimes 2,3 and even 4. Everyone is in a huge hurry and everyone is honking at everyone. It is an exercise in CONSTANT defensive driving as you never know when cars are going to try to just squeeze by you. 🤞
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    • Day 159

      Travel day - drive thru desert

      August 27, 2022 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

      We said goodbye to our camp and drove a little shy of 200 miles today from Wadi Rum back up to Amman - almost the entire length of the Kingdom of Jordan in just 3 1/2 - 4 hours! Crazy. You can’t get from one end of Oregon to the other in that amount of time.

      We took the quicker, non-scenic Desert highway back. It was a fairly boring and uneventful drive, until it wasn’t. Once we got to Amman, the car starting pulling badly and then the dreaded “bump, bump, bump” sound. We got a flat tire … on the freeway. 😧 Luckily it didn’t blow, it just slowly went flat. We got out and started changing it - figured it was a good teaching moment for Jordan since she hadn’t been shown how to change a tire for years. But within just a few minutes a couple Jordanian men stopped, came over and without much discussion (language barrier) finished changing the tire for us in no time. I don’t think we had much of a choice. 😂 Apparently, chivalry is not dead - and yes, I will let a man change my tire any day if he’s offering.

      Traveling is very cool, and amazing - but today was just … life. There are still mundane tasks we have to do while on the road. Today was laundry day. We tracked down a laundry-mat once in Amman and did a couple loads. We had dirtied almost every piece of clothing we owned, so it was time.

      I certainly don’t agree with a lot of the beliefs and ways of life here, especially in regards to the treatment of women, but I will say that EVERY person we’ve come in contact with in Jordan has been kind, helpful and very friendly. They are a very happy, smiley people.
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    • Day 76


      November 21, 2022 in Jordan ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Auf einem der höchsten Hügel der Stadt - Amman bedeckt insgesamt sieben - befinden sich wieder einmal ein paar alte Steine - haben sie schon fast ein bisschen vermisst😆
      Die Zitadelle war über viele Jahrhunderte von militärischer und religiöser Bedeutung.
      Der am zweiten Bild abgebildete Rest des Herkulestempels wurde gleichzeitig mit dem Amphitheater (Bild 9) von Kaiser Marc Aurel zwischen 162 und 166 nChr. erbaut. Man geht davon aus, dass der Tempel für Herkules erbaut wurde, da er in der damals benannten Stadt Philadelphia besonders verehrt wurde.
      Die byzantinischen Kirche (Bild 3) wurde ca 550 nChr. erbaut und teilweise wurden die Steine vom Tempel wiederverwendet.
      Als die Araber im Jahr 635 die Stadt eroberten , entstand etwas später der Umayyadische Palast. Heute sieht man davon nur mehr das Portal und Teile des Hofes, sowie die Moschee.(Bild4+5)
      Von dort oben hat man einen sehr guten Rundumblick über die Stadt.
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    • Day 77


      November 22, 2022 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Letzter Tag in Jordanien.
      Ein letztes Mal durch Amman geschlendert, etwas gegessen und dann noch die King Abdullah Moschee besichtigt.
      Sie wurde zw 1982 und 1986 vo König Hussein 1. erbaut und nach seinem Großvater, dem ersten König von Jordanien benannt. Mit ihrer freistehenden Kuppel erinnert sie an den Felsendom in Jerusalem.
      Sie war bis 2005 die Nationalmoschee des Landes, dan löste sie die noch größere König Hussein Talal Moschee ab.
      Schön, dass wir eine Moschee mal von innen sehen konnten.
      Am Nachmittag gings dann nich 5h mit dem Bus nach Aqaba zurück, da dort morgen der Flieger abhebt. Damit leider auch der Abschied von unserem Jordanienreisegefährten Tommy - war eine super Zeit, wir sehen uns irgendwo wieder🤩
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    • Day 3

      Church of Saint Mary of Nazareth

      December 4, 2022 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Today we started the day by attending local Mass service at the Church of Saint Mary of Nazareth. The Mass was in Arabic except for a few parts by Bishop Michael and Father Ashwyn. I also volunteered to read the second reading - what an experience! The church was decorated for Christmas and even had a Mary shrine down some stairs.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Amman Governorate, Amman, محافظة عمّان

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