Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jerash in Jordan

Pae, Apple and Waan had a couple days together where none of them were slated to fly. It's been a long time since they had the chance to hang out, all three of them. They share an apartment, but due to different flying schedules, rarely are able to be together.This week, as they were all free, they planned travel to a nearby place in Jordan called Jerash. Jerash is the capital of a northern "state" or "governate" in Jordan, just north of Amman.They hired a taxi to take them there and back and even got the driver to hang out with them and take pictures for them.The attraction of Jerash is the Greco-Roman ruins that are located a little to the west the more modern city. These ruins date back several thousand years, according to Wikipedia, with archaeological evidence of a civilization inhabiting the area as far as even 5,000 years ago.Some of the ruins like the hippodrome would have been used for chariot racing and gladiator fighting back in the day. Others, like the theaters would have been used for shows, political debates, speeches and even public punishment perhaps. Temples for worship and learning.These are just some pictures that Pae sent to me or that I stole from her roommate's FB page. Not really a big fan of the date stamp on Waan's photos, especially since digital photos now automatically embed that information with the photo. But hey, to each his (or her) own I guess! And since I'm just getting them secondhand, I can't be choosy!!

2 comments:

mardenheyjude said...

Wow.. i am getting an education. I have heard of Hadrians Arch which is one of the pictures. Imagine being an Emperor and having a hugh building being named for you. Gladiators and chariot races reminds me of Ben Hur. Great pictures. What a journey for Pae and her friends. Keep the pictures coming. I really enjoy the pictures and the dialog. Love always, Auntie

Pae and Guy said...

Yeah Auntie, I learn a lot just posting blogs about some of these places too! I mean, to see the Roman influence on a region, even if just through the ruins. But the ruins mean there were people living there and doing their daily things back during the Roman Empire. I wonder what remains with the people culturally from the Romans?

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