Exploring and Apartments

June 20, 2015 - Amman, Jordan

It's been a very busy two days! Yesterday (Friday) we spent most of the day sightseeing in Amman. First we went to Ajloun Castle, which is on a hill overlooking the town of Ajloun, about an hour and a half north-west of Amman. It had a lot of cool history and it was really pretty. It's survived being sacked and two earthquakes and has been rebuilt and restored several times, but it was interesting because it all looked and felt so solid. And there were beautiful views of countryside and olive orchards.

We visited the Roman Theater, which is a huge stone amphitheater in the hillside near the center of Amman. Its steps are really old and worn away, and its slope is so steep! Two of the group are afraid of heights and even for me it was a little scary! We had a beautiful view of the city at the top, though. We stood atop this 2,000-year-old structure, looking out at the bright, busy city, as we listented to the mingled sounds of the call to prayer echoing from the mosques and the constant beep of car horns, and marveled at this mingling of ancient and modern. But then we had to get down!

We also visited the Jordanian Museum of Popular Tradition right next to the theater. It had lots of mannequins with traditional dress from Palestine and Jordan, some ancient artifacts from both places, and lots of mosaics. Then we went to the smaller Roman Theater which is really nice and less intimidating than the larger one. Afterwards, we went downtown to a DVD store and bought Disney movies with Arabic subtitles to watch, and saw the center of the city! :) That evening we did our homework which was writing sentences in Arabic about Ajloun Castle.

We got our Jordanian phones yesterday, so that we can call and text Madison and each other. Then today we moved into our apartments! My roommates are Killian and Lena, and I really like both of them. We went to the store down the hill to get food and supplies for the apartments, and then spent a really long time cleaning the apartment because it was extremely dusty! I took lots of pictures, so you can all see what the apartment is like. For dinner we went down to the stores again, and got some desserts, and rice and chicken for free! They were really nice and they refused to take our money, and we were able to practice our Arabic a little. We have to get up really early to go to Arabic class -- we're starting at our new school tomorrow!


Pictures

Driving to Ajloun Castle
View from Ajloun with Lena
Castle with Jordanian Flag
Castle Entrance
 
 

4 Comments

Mom:
June 20, 2015
Wonderful!
Dad:
June 20, 2015
Wow, lots of news... glad you're settling in. That apartment looks pretty fancy!
Patty:
June 21, 2015
I bet dust will be your new best friend! it sounds fascinating Beck!
Ali:
June 26, 2015
What an adventure! It's lovely to be able to see what you're doing. But glad I'm not having to start on another language now...
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