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October 21st 2010
Published: June 22nd 2017
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We got up at 7:30, had a very good breakfast at our hotel, and started walking (don't need the rental car today). Our first stop was St. George's church, where a large 7th century floor mosaic of the holy land is very well preserved. Down the street, we visited the rebuilt shell of the church of the 12 apostles, and some minor roman ruins nearby ( all of which had a huge well preserved mosaic floor areas ).

We couldn't find the bus station on foot (damn you nuvi), so we took a taxi. The bus was only 70 Jcents ($1) all the way to Amman (45m). Mostly (or all) locals on this bus, but the driver was a real nice guy.

I'll let the pictures (or your own google image search) do most of the talking about the two main sights we saw in downtown Jordan: the Roman Amphitheater, and the Citadel.

We busses back to Madaba and took some rest time. We had dinner at a great parlor called "Mystic Pizza" and filled up our gas tank for tomorrow's driving.

Some other observations about Jordan:
It seems to be a lot les developed than I expected. It wasn't until the end of the day that we saw any modern building (there appear to be a couple of skyscrapers under construction on the far side of the city from where we were.
They appear to have no chain restaurants at all. I don't just mean American ones, but any.
As for the driving, I am surprised that the "rule of yielding" (yield to anythig bigger) doesn't seem to apply here. The best I can explain the driving is that it operates much like when you're walking in a large crowd. You read a lot of subtle body language from other cars and make slight adjustments to not hit them (same for pedestrians). Lanes are not used and are rarely painted on the road.


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