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Day 9 – Jerash and Mount Nebo

Jerash

Jerash


Dec 14
The money changed from shekels to dinars and the time moved forward by one hour when we crossed into Jordan. Of all of the places we have visited, I would not have guessed that we would have a chance to return to Jordan, only because I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the first time. You know, being so far away and all. A second visit, therefore, affords the luxury of being selective with one’s photos. That was plan, anyway, until we reached Jerash (Gerasa), be one of the best-preserved Roman towns in the world. Can cities be photogenic? I like photographing inanimate objects: colonnaded streets, the ruins of ancient temples, theaters, plazas and city walls.

Ancient Roman Street

Ancient Roman Street

Faces are cool, too, but they move. I am not always the quickest on the shutter, and facial expressions change quickly. For the British-accented coffee/tea seller, I waited. I couldn’t understand the fascination with coffee and tea, even though it was being offered in an ancient Roman city, until I hung around and heard him talk. How does a Jordanian who has never been out of the country develop a British accent?

Coffee/tea seller

Coffee/tea seller

The Oval Plaza

The Oval Plaza

In the theater, there’s a spot where a person standing on it can hear the amplification of her own voice. Just one of those unexpected delights that drops into one’s day like a child who plays with spoons in the midst of a roomful of toys.
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On to Mount Nebo where God showed Moses the Promised Land. The map (shown) points the way to the areas we had already passed through: the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Qumran, Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives. As far as the eye could see, Biblical history stretched out before us.
map at Mount Nebo

map at Mount Nebo


Just one more day of our tour, capped off by the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra. Talk about being photogenic.

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