Saturday, March 18, 2006

A Ruined Afternoon

My last day in Amman. I worked from the hotel and took a break to ride with Michelle from UNHCR (who must have been a car thief in a previous life - she drives 'perfectly' in Jordan) and Madison, an expat businesswoman, to the Roman ruins at Jerash.

A cool thing about Jerash (named Philadelphia in ancient times) - which I have visited several times - they keep finding new stuff. Today we saw a mosaic tile floor only uncovered one month ago and a church that was underground the previous time I visited. And there are apparently another dozen churches and a half mile of Roman Road left to uncover. We hired Akram, for $10 as a guide and wandered for about 2 hours. A policeman walked right across the mosaic, which was roped off, so I yelled at him and told him not to do it again (in Arabic), he sheepishly nodded and headed off.

We had a great mezze lunch at an open air Lebanese restaurant near the ruins and I am now repacking for tomorrow morning's flight to Baghdad Internatial Air Port (BIAP).

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