This past weekend was the Eid al Adha holiday. It is a very important day for Muslims and so that meant we got some time off of work. My friend Krista and I took advantage of the time off and headed to Jordan. The trip was planned very last minute, but it was such an amazing trip. It was so amazing, in fact, that I’m going to have to write three separate posts about it.
We booked our flight and hotel on-line using a site called eDreams. It was a risk as I generally like to make the arrangements directly with the airline and hotel, but we went for it. Luckily everything worked out.
Upon our arrival a hired car was waiting to drive us to our hotel, Amman Pasha Hotel. The hotel is right in the heart of the old city, across from the Roman Theater and just down the hill from the Citadel. The hotel was in a great location and had a warm and inviting staff. It was your basic backpackers/hostel, no frills, but served its purpose. My only complaint was the bathroom, it lacked a sense of cleanliness, which isn’t great.
After arriving and eating lunch, we headed straight to the Roman Theater and the Citadel. The Roman Theater was beautiful and pretty well preserved (admission was just over $1USD each for both sites).
After checking out the Roman Theater we headed up the hill to The Citadel. Amman is a city that has been controlled by many different people throughout history. The Citadel has aspects all of those different groups, it was a bit hard to keep everything straight.
We returned to the hotel for some traditional Jordanian food (butter rice and chicken) and to meet with the owner of Discover Jordan. I booked two day tours with Laura from Discover Jordan and she met us the night before our first tour to go over everything. She had everything set up and ready and was very friendly! It made for such an stress-free vacation. And with only three days of vacation, stress-free is a requirement!
The next day we headed on our first tour: Petra and Wadi Rum.