The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Jerash, Jordan

Jerash, Jordan

Fred, Charles, Alex, Me

Saturday, August 20. Jerash, Jordan. Founded by the soldiers of Alexander the Great in the 4th Century BC, Jerash is one of the best preserved Roman provincial cities in the Middle East. Only 50 km north of Amman, it's an easy one hour bus ride from downtown Amman. As usual, I got there in the middle of the day for the midday sun. I saw perhaps a dozen other tourists at the site. The highlights of Jerash are the Oval Plaza (for its unusual shape), the South Theatre, the cardo maximus (the city's main street), the nymphaeum (city fountain), and the Temple of Artemis (dedicated to the patron goddess of the city).

I met Fred (Amsterdam), Charles (London), and Alex (Victoria BC, Canada) at the exit to Jerash. We caught a mini-van together back to Amman. Coincidentally, we were all staying at the Palace Hotel in downtown Amman. Fred and Charles were at the start of a six month journey through the Middle East and Africa. Alex was in Jordan to study Islamic art. Unfortunately, I caught a cold which laid me up in my hotel for the next three days. It brought back memories of similar colds I got while traveling in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Palermo, Sicily. Getting sick is one of the unavoidable consequences of traveling, particularly for an extended period of time. Fortunately, Fred and Charles invited me to join them for dinner and after-dinner drinks during my illness. When they're not traveling, Fred is a high school history teacher and Charles is a financial controller, both living in Amsterdam. As we all plan to be in East Africa at the same time, I think there is a good possibility we will rendezvous at a later date.

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