Jordan May 2014
roman ruins on the hills of Jordan's capital Amman
the view from the balcony of our hostel in Amman
there were dozens of kites in the sky every evening
delicious Jordanian food - Hummus, omelette, foul, bread, tomatoes and raw onions. The entire food on the table cost less than 3 Euros.
this stranger invited us for food. We "talked" to him with hand and feet as he did not speak english and we don't speak arabic
father and son who run the restaurant. As they were so nice and warm-hearted and as the food was so good we ate at this place at least 4 times
to enter Petra you have to walk 2km through a very impressive and beautiful canyon - "the siq"
the treasury at 6:30AM. We had it almost for ourselves.
you can hike up a hidden path to get to this viewpoint
look at the size of the person and you will get an idea how big the buildings are...
you can guess where the only place in our room was where we had WIFI...
3 nights per week you can visit Petra at night. The 2 km long canyon is lit by hundreds of candles...
if you avoid the high-peak-visitor-times you can experience Petra almost alone
a very small part of Jordan lies at the ocean. This picture was taken in Aqaba from the balcony of our otherwise crappy room
the German TÜV would freak out if they would see a bathroom like this. We did not freak out.
... if you thought the bathroom was bad - think again!
notice the high-tech wooden "window" and the door hanging on only one hinge
"Kinder" means children in German. We guess it should say kindly?!
raaaaaatsch it went as our bus tried to pass this car and instead damaged it
it was VERY hot in Jordan in May. So hot that in the south we could only deal with the heat by jumping into the ocean or the pool every hour.
who would guess you would find apples from South Tyrol (northern Italy) in South Jordan close to the Saudi-Arabian border??
we hitch-hiked to Wadi Rum. Luckily there was a shelter against the intense sun.
we did a 2 day jeep tour through Wadi Rum - the best known and most visited desert in Jordan.
Wadi Rum was - besides Petra - our favorite place in Jordan. So vast, calm and impressive.
Verena capturing the scenery shortly before sunset
we got up early to witness the sunrise in the desert
May seems to be the time of new born cats in Jordan - we saw so many of them!
while we waited for somebody to pick us up on our way north we bought some delicious melon from this street vendor
we got a ride to Dana from two militaries on their way home. Naturally they offered us what they call "Beduin whiskey" - which is tea with lots of sugar.
Dana is a historical village on the edge of a ridge which is currently being restored. We stayed in this lovely town for three nights and hiked a bit in the area
back in Amman for two nights on our way to the north of Jordan
naturally we went to "swim" in the dead sea. The water is so salty that you float. A wonderful experience.
the lowest point on land on earth
3 very nice Germans who had done an "Allgäu (Germany) - Orient Rallye" gave us their car for one day. The next day this car got disassembled and the parts were sold as a charity action. As we knew the chassis would be destroyed the next day a few more scratches would not have mattered ;-)
Jerash is famous for it's very well conserved roman ruins
littering is - as in many countries - very common in Jordan