And a good evening to you from across the Pond after another GREAT DAY in the Mother Country. Okay, as promised, it's time to kick off the recap of Jordan, a truly AMAZING country, complete with some CLASSIC Team Taylor moments. I'd also like to take a moment to welcome some potential first timers to the Adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Assignee 47 - my new Explore travel family! Welcome to the madness, guys - hope you enjoy and that I do the trip justice.
BMIL: "Tell you what I'll do. If you agree not to wait as a Standby passenger, I'll book you both on Royal Jordanian and give you 250 pounds for the wait."
BMIL: "Yep - paid to you right now."
We were almost to the top when 4 guys, observing we were OBVIOUSLY tourists (can't imagine how), stopped us and pointed to this hidden staircase/shortcut toward the hill. There was a moment of "is this a practical joke" as I noticed that the staircase cut through people's houses and was heavily guarded on both sides by feral cats, but we figured why not. Sure enough, the staircase deposited us right along a break in the Citadel fence, meaning that we got into the site for free!!! Winner winner chicken dinner!
After that Jenny and I snuk out through that same hole in the perimeter. We then spent the next 90 minutes LOST (J.J. Abrams style) as we tried to make sense of our TWO maps, neither of which had a)more than half of the streets listed or b) had even a quarter of the streets written in English. However, after an hour and a half of walking in the Himalayas, we FINALLY found our street, arriving at our hotel famished and desperate for hummus and mint tea. We then nibbled for bit before rolling to dinner, which was this AWESOME place that offered shwarma for less than 3 quid! BRING IT ON, BABY!!!!
Sammy the Bull (STB): "Ishmael, my name is Sam Taylor. I was told to meet you in the lobby to do our orientation for the Explore tour."
STB: "Okay - When are we doing it."
STB: "Oh, okay - I guess there was a note at reception."
That night we slept like a babies again, ready to get the tour cracking in earnest.