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  • Day143

    Amman - Die moderne Hauptstadt

    January 23, 2020 in Jordan ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Nach fast drei Monaten in muslimischen Ländern werden wir morgen Jordanien über die King Hussein Bridge nach Israel verlassen - Ein guter Zeitpunkt um unsere Erlebnisse hier noch einmal Revue passieren zu lassen...
    Jordanien ist das mit Abstand westlichste arabische Land, das wir bisher besucht haben. Das spiegelt sich darin wieder, dass es sehr viel sauberer ist und geordneter zugeht als beispielsweise in Marokko und Ägypten. Die Menschen hier sind unheimlich freundlich und aufmerksam - Wenn ich mich zum Beispiel auf der Straße von oben bis unten mit meinem Shawarma einsaue kommen Wildfremde auf einen zu und bieten dir ein Taschentuch an ❤️! Folglich ist auch Amman als Hauptstadt relativ modern. Es gibt Gehwege - die auch genutzt werden, die Hupe wird nur selten benutzt und der Verkehr auf den Straßen ist vergleichbar mit dem in Kölle. Auch das Reisen hier ist ziemlich unkompliziert und selbst wenn viele Preise sich nicht wirklich von denen in Deutschland unterscheiden, kann man erstaunlich günstig Taxi fahren 🚖. Kulturell und auch landschaftlich hat das Land trotz seiner geringen Größe einiges zu bieten und wir würden es jedem empfehlen, der gerne mal in die arabische Kultur eintauchen möchte, ohne gleich einen Kulturschock zu erleben :)
    Trotzdem sind wir froh, dass es jetzt weiter geht und wir uns in Israel mit einer ganz anderen Kultur konfrontiert zu sehen!
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  • Day6

    Amman - die weiße Stadt

    May 8, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Durch den langen Grenzübergang fahren wir leider nur durch die Hauptstadt Jordaniens hindurch.

    Fast alle Gebäude sind weiß, die Stadt ist relativ neu und floriert. Die m²-Preise für Wohnungen liegen bei etwa 1.000 USD.

    Gebaut wird viel, Bei Häusern ab 2 Stockwerken darf zu Wohnzwecken noch bis insgesamt 6 oder 7 Stockwerken hoch gebaut werden.

    Kürzlich gab es eine coole Änderung für Industriegebäude: die dürfen zwar so hoch sein, wie sie sollen, zahlen aber für jeder Etage höhere Steuern.

    Der Palast ist abgeschirmt, in der Nähe stehen aber die reinsten Prachtbauten, die Privatleuten gehören.
    Einer hat unsere Agentur sogar extra gebeten (oder bestochen?) an seinem "Haus" vorbei zu fahren... 🤨
    Sein Geld hat er mit guten Geldanlagen verdient... Was mache ich falsch? 😅

    Die meisten Moscheen werden übrigens von Privatleuten gespendet, nur 10 % von sind staatlich finanziert.

    In Amman soll es riesige und prachtvolle Moscheen geben, unter anderem eine
    Kopie der al-Aqsa-Mosche aus Jerusalem.

    Am Abend dann Ankunft im Übernachtungs-Beduinen-Camp, was Gott sei Dank gar nicht mehr so Original ist, in den Zelten sind richtige Betten und es gibt genug Toiletten und Duschen für jeden ♥️
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  • Day16

    Day 16. Bergamo, Italy to Amman, Jordan

    August 20, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Leisurely morning. Did a bit of shopping. Packed the car. Drove up to the old town and explored a few different streets into Piazza Vecchio and the Contarini Fountain. The fountain was donated to the city by the chief magistrate Alvise Contarini in 1780.
    Tried to find the underground tunnels without luck.
    Piazza Vecchia represents the core of Città Alta: it has been the heart of political power for centuries and it keeps being one of the most popular places for Bergamo’s citizens to spend some time with friends.
    Drove to the Bergamo airport, dropped off the car after the third round trip to find Europcar drop off. Tried the non named drop off and there it was!!
    Lunch at the airport then boarding RyanAir at 3pm for Amman and our Petra adventure. 4 hour plane journey then 2 hour taxi ride to Petra, Wadi Musa for 76 JOD (about $150). Arrived at our hotel at 1am.
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  • Day19


    December 24, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We stayed here for two nights. It was fun exploring Amman and seeing the culture of the place. We went and visited Rainbow Street which is their dining and shopping street although most places were closed. We also went and found Zalatimo’s which is an arabic sweet shop.Read more

  • Day21

    Afternoon in Amman

    July 20, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We left Petra at 10.30am for the drive to Amman on the Desert Highway. The name is quite descriptive, a couple of small towns where the speed humps force you to slow down to about 60kph, but apart from that, nothing but sand and trucks (and the occasional flock of sheep and goats being herded across the road).

    First stop in Amman was the Blue Mosque - it probably has a proper name, but it's massive blue dome is a focal point in the city. We both had to robe up for the the visit, which was self guided.

    We then made the short drive to the Citadel, an ancient site on top of the largest hill, affording 360° views of the city. Entrance fee was 3JD each ($6) and 25JD ($50) for the optional guided tour - our driver had already advised against taking the (very persistent) offer of a guide - there is ample signage to make sense of everything without a guide.

    Abed then dropped us downtown for a 2km walk back to the hotel via the city centre. Given the traffic it was probably quicker to walk, and it was a great way to experience the buzz and noise of the city on a "Friday" night (the weekend here is Fri and Sat).

    After a fresh juice and some shopping in the main street we stopped at Jerusalem Restaurant for tea, grabbed a quick cache on the way home, then had a pleasant walk back to the hotel, arriving at dusk.
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  • Day1


    November 19, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We were so looking forward to this trip... I got woken up by Julia at 3 A.M. with a sparkling candle in one of my favourite sweet pieces for my birthday. Then we got ready and headed for the airport as the flight leaves at 6. We even got there early and had a small breakfast.
    Then we slept almost through all of the 4 hour flight and arrived quite rested. It took quite long to get through the visa procedure and until the bus started the hour long journey, followed by a short taxi ride and walk. So by the time we arrived at the hostel it was already 2:30 pm. Time to explore the city!
    The main highlight is the citadel hill with caves dating back to 3000 BC and newer structures established during the byzantine and roman era. It's quite a strenous walk up there but the views over the city are amazing... From there it goes down a winding street to the roman amphitheatre which was pretty nice. When we were done there, it already started to get dark. We tried to find a pretty famous spot with umbrellas on the ceiling but it was either closed or we didn't find it. But instead we found some delicious corn ;)
    On a side note it was super cold! In the night the temperature dropped to about 0 degrees! Not what we expected!
    A lucky find was our hostel that is situated right across one of the most famous 'restaurants' in Amman. You can't really call it a restaurant because there's no menu but the locals come here like some tourists. After you sit down you get a tasty tea, a plate of tomatoes, onions and pickles. Usually the mixed platter consists of Hummous, a tahini olive oil sauce, some falafel and pita. Optionally, there is a meat variant available (spiced ground meat), French fries and a bean mash with lemon. Everything we tried was sooo delicious!
    For the remainder of the day, we booked a rental car, planned a bit for the next days and went to a Shisha bar to celebrate my birthday. Unfortunately all the cocktails offered were without alcohol. Despite - or because of - that they were very tasty.
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  • Day40

    Jarash and Dead Sea

    November 9, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today we left the hotel at 7am, and it was well worth the early start because when we got to Jarash, the remains of a city built around 200BC, there was nobody else there. The guide was very helpful in teaching us to identify Roman vs Greek parts of the city architecture, and the highlight was the coliseum, which is nearly fully intact. The sound is incredible; even the smallest whisper carries so far. After locally made ice cream, we took two hours to drive to the Dead Sea. It was hot, so we enjoyed the activities there after a great buffet lunch. The salty Dead Sea is so easy to float in, and in fact its a bit hard to right oneself once lying on your back. Sharon, like many of the people there, opted for a mud covering, which dried in 20 minutes, when she washed off in the Sea, and then showered. The pools at the complex were clean and relaxing, as we visited with our group members. The hot sun today tired us out so we had a low key evening.Read more

  • Day20

    Jordan Grand Canyon

    April 24, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    The natural border between Moab and the Ammonites.
    This gorge has huge rocky sides with a valley in between. You can see the Dead Sea to the south.
    There was a Beduion camp with an open air jewellery shop with the best view in town.
    The pics don't do it justice!
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  • Day22

    Amman - Citadel, Temple of Hercules

    April 26, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    High on a hill in the centre of Amman is the Roman ruins of the Citadel or Temple of Hercules. The temple was massive and lots of ruins remain.
    You get a 360 view of Amman city up here!
    This is the spot where David arranged death of Uriah so he could marry his wife, Bethsheba. David stayed back in Jerusalem and sent word to his 1st in command, Joab, to make sure Uriah was killed in the battle. A low point in David's life.Read more

  • Day7

    Más Petra y bus a Ammán

    February 17, 2020 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    A las 5 nos despertamos para volver a ir a Petra a la hora de apertura para evitar a las masas. Vimos de nuevo el tesoro, pero después cogimos una ruta nueva para ver el lugar elevado del sacrificio. Las vistas una auténtica pasada. Antes de bajar, me senté en la silla de la primera foto y me empapé el culo con el agua que había acumulada de la lluvia de la noche anterior. Sad but true. Además hacia mucho frío y fue de todo menos placentero. Pero muy gracioso. Al bajar nos perdimos y se nos unieron tres perros bastante pesados que no nos dejaban en paz. Nos encontramos. Volvimos al principio/final. Fuimos a la tienda a comprar pan (de nuevo, hartas) y luego al hostal. Nos duchamos e hicimos tiempo hasta las 16, hora a la que salía nuestro bus hacia el norte. Según el manager del hostal, no hacía falta comprar boleto. «Just show up». Men-ti-ra. Casi nos da un mini infarto al ver que el bus iba lleno. Nos tuvieron esperando en la puerta del bus hasta el último momento antes de arrancar. Por suerte, no vinieron todos los que habían reservado una plaza y pudimos montarnos. La alternativa habría sido más cara. Cuatro horas y pico más tarde de bus, llegamos a Ammán. Fuimos al que será nuestro hostal las proximas cinco noches, hasta ahora el más asqueroso, y conocimos a un argentino muy gracioso. Fuimos a cenar y a la vuelta terminamos hablando con dos abuelos alemanes hasta la 1 y pico de la madrugada.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Amman Governorate, Amman, محافظة عمّان

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