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Amman, Jordan

City of Contrasts

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Amman, the capital of Jordan, with numerous ancient ruins. Atop Jabal al-Qala’a hill, the historic Citadel includes the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules and the 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex, known for its grand dome. Built into a different downtown hillside, the Roman Theater is a 6,000-capacity, 2nd-century stone amphitheater offering occasional events.

So I was hoping that my shit experience with the people of Egypt was a one off, but nope, landed in Jordan today and the first thing I had to contend with was more dishonest locals. I am just about at the end of my patience with the Middle East and I am seriously considering leaving early and going back to SE Asia.
I was asked if I needed a taxi to my accommodation which I did, so I asked if they had a meter which they said they did, all good lets go. I also asked if we could stop at an ATM on the way which they said no problem. Long story short we end up at a service station in the middle of nowhere and them telling me I had to get into another car (which I noticed did not have a meter) so I refused. They gave me all the bullshit stories, bla bla and eventually I rang the hostel and asked how much a taxi should be, which he told me $22 dinar and they were trying to charge me $45 dinar. I then told them I would find another way to the hostel and refused to give them any money at all. When they kicked up a fuss, I just said call the police then and they got in their car and drove off. So I was in the middle of nowhere trying to figure out how to get into Amman. Eventually a guy called Redwan helped me get a bus which I got to the next stop and into Amman.
So 2 buses and 3 hours longer than expected, I have arrived, frustrated and completely pissed off with the Middle East, I just need to weigh up how bad I want to see the sites here. I know they say not to generalise as not everyone is dishonest but holy shit in my short time in the Middle East there is a huge amount of dishonest people here.
I read a blog from a guy that had been to Egypt and Jordan, his advise was if any of the locals try to talk to you, ignore them as they are trying to scam you. When I read it, I thought that was a bit tough, now I agree.

Do not believe what the internet tells you about Amman. They call it a modern city, haha, clearly whoever wrote that has never seen a modern city. The only thing modern about Amman is they have cars, roads and food, otherwise this place is about as backwards as you can get.
I got up at 6am this morning and found the hostel had locked the front door so nobody could get out until the owner/manager decided to get up at 6.45am. Good luck if there is ever a fire in the building.

So far I am really disappointed in Jordan. I am particularly surprised at how expensive accommodation and entry fees into sites are, Almost extortionate. The entry fee into Petra is $110 NZD and the locals pay $2 NZD. It`s about time NZ took the same stand as many other countries I have visited do. Just completely wallet rape all tourists so the locals get in free or cheap. The problem is in NZ we charge the same price for locals as for tourists so everyone gets slammed.
The hostel I am staying in was one of the cheapest I could find in Jordan, however, it is more than double I paid anywhere in Asia at $30nzd per night, not as clean, not as many amenities and a very average breakfast at best.
I have to admit, I am finding it very difficult to get excited about Jordan. The people are not nice, friendly or helpful. The streets are filthy and I don`t know what is good about the place really.


Posted by Geete01 05:40 Archived in Jordan

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Thanks for your advice!

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