January 22nd: We woke up at 3:30am to catch our 6:20am flight from Rome to Aqaba in Jordan. Luckily, our Air BnB host was able to drive us to the airport (for a fee). From the airport in Aqaba, we caught a cab to our hotel. It was the most organised cab service we’ve come across. There was an employee handing out “tickets” that outlined the various costs and directed us to a cab. One of the most dreaded hassles is having to haggle for a reasonable cab fee, especially from an airport, and especially when you’re tired.
January 23rd: During our leisurely morning breakfast, we saw a bus schedule for a tourist bus heading to Petra. We had thought our only option was a minibus that would leave around 11am (or when full), so we were excited to find out that this direct bus left at 8am! In 20 minutes! I’ve never packed quicker. We made it with 2 minutes to spare.
We arrived in Petra early enough to spend the afternoon exploring. We walked the Main Trail through the Siq (narrow gorge) to the Treasury/Al Khazneh. It was amazing! I didn’t think it could live up to the hype but it did. It was so exciting to get a peek at the Treasury from within the Siq.
January 24th: We woke up early and started our walk into Petra just after sunrise. We walked the Main Trail again to access the Al-Deir (Monastery) Trail.
January 25th: We were up early again. This time to catch the only bus (on a Friday) to Amman, in northern Jordan. Our friend Brent got us in contact with his friend who lives in Amman so we got to meet up with Ezra and his fiance Sara! We went out for a brunch buffet, rented a car, and drove to the Dead Sea.
January 26th: After breakfast, Ezra and Sara drove us to Jerash so we could check out the Roman ruins.
After returning to Amman, we walked around, ate street falafels and Syrian ice cream, went wine tasting, and topped off a great day with nachos and beer!
Ezra and Sara were so kind and welcoming. They showed us so many things and let us totally monopolize their weekend. Plus they were fun to be around! Thanks Brent 🙂
January 27th: We bused back to Aqaba and had mansef (traditional lamb, yogurt, and rice dish) for dinner. It was delicious!
Next, we headed to Indonesia!