Our plan for this Eid break was to explore Jordan. Well, after lazing on the beach in Aqaba for 5 days, our motivation drained away until yesterday, around noon, when Lyman said “enough sitting around. Let’s go.” So, we jumped in the car and drove to Jerash (Andrew stayed home since he’d already been). Here are some pictures from the drive to Jerash: The amazing thing about the drive was how dramatically the landscape changed as we went north. It quickly became hillier and greener. The pictures above don’t really capture the expansiveness of the green. The pine forests were almost jarring after the bleakness of the desert.
Jerash was well worth the drive. The ruins are stunning. No descriptions, just pictures for you to enjoy (if you want to read more about Jerash, click here):
From Jerash, we headed to Umm Qais via Irbid. The following two pictures are the outskirts of Irbid: As is our way, we got lost going through Irbid. When we saw this sign, we knew we were on the wrong road…
Fortunately, Google maps came to the rescue (until we got too close to the border and the cell reception cut off) and sent us on some lovely back roads to Umm Qais (if you want to read more about Umm Qais, click here). By the time we got to Umm Qais, we were exhausted and starving, so the first thing we did was take a shortcut through the ruins to the Umm Qais Resthouse. The views were stunning and the food was delicious.
After lunch, we wandered around Umm Qais admiring the views of Israel, the Golan Heights, Syria, the Sea of Galilee and the ruins. We were pretty much the only non-Arabs and were surrounded by Palestinians looking at the homeland that they can’t visit. It was surreal and heartbreaking.
And, what would a post from me be without a picture of the back of a truck?
xo from Jordan