Jordan Trip Report- Day 6: Ajloun and Jerash
In the morning, we prepare excitedly for Ajloun and Jerash. Jerash had been something the two of us had been looking forward to in particular and we couldn’t wait to see if it was as incredible as reports made it sound. We were sharing the car with two French women: Florence and Frederique. Their English wasn’t the best so I brushed off my French and spoke briefly with them. Like us, they were doing a week’s holiday in Jordan. Pretty much everyone else we had spoken to was visiting as part of a larger trip or a round-the-world trip. They were from Lyon and I embarrassed myself trying to talk about rugby for a while before the conversation faded out. Our driver, Hani, stopped and bought us some still-warm khubez which was indescribably delicious. I’ve been trying in vain to find something to rival it since coming home.
Our first stop was Ajloun Castle, in Ajloun. Admission is only 1JD and the first thing we noticed was that it was full of Jordanian tourists, always a good sign. Ajloun is an attractive castle with a small drawbridge and a surprisingly well-stocked museum. My favourite item was the home-made grenade on display. There’s access to the castle roof and the views are great from up there. This was the closest we would get to Syria and the topic was on the english-speaking guides’ minds when we passed them on the way out.
I think Ajloun gets overlooked a lot of the time by Western tourists but it’s definitely worth a look. In fact, I would recommend it over the Madaba Mosaic.
Next is Jerash. Jerash is fantastic. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking but I can say that it’s an amazing site. You have the strange juxtaposition of new and old Jerash beside each other. The area of ruins is vast and very little is fenced off (except if unstable).
We happily spent hours there before rejoining Hani, Florence and Frederique and heading back to Abbasi.
We decide to take a walk through Downtown Amman to get some food and visit the Al-Husseini Mosque. The streets are buzzing with the sound of horns beeping, music blaring from every shop and stall and people talking and laughing. Everything is for sale here. Knock-off phones, dvds and cds, jewellery, western and traditional clothes. The Al-husseini mosque stands imposingly and makes an attractive addition to the square.
We get a cheap kabab from a street vendor and head back to the Abbasi to pack (BMI actually have quite generous baggage limits so this was fine) and say goodbye to people there.