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Anita and Bernie’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008

Location: Amman, Jordan

MapHi all - will learn the hello in arabic! Well we got to Bangkok airport with 6 hrs to spare (had enough of the city) to find out that our plane took off 5 hrs previously! They had changed the flight time and nobody informed us. A very helpful lady rang up Royal Jordanian Air and managed to book us on a flight leaving at 00:30 --an hour later than ours should have left therefore we had 7 hrs to kill at the airport. Eventually we took off 1 hr later than scheduled due to the traffic on the runway! The flight was uncomfortable. The plane was far too hot, our seats did not recline and breakfast was very basic. They did serve up a nice dinner at 2.30 am! I kept telling Bernie I had a bad feeling about the trip to Jordan - were we going to find that our booked individual tour was a internet scam? Well when we finally got through immigration quess what.....there was nobody there to greet us. Luckily we were given the contact number of the supervisor and a very nice man at the airport information phoned him for us. There had been a confusion about the flight numbers because of the change but they could not have been more apologetic. So much so that they gave us a free tour of the city with dinner in a local restaurant where we sampled the Jordanian dish of mansaf (lamb and rice cooked in yoghurt).
Although it is hot here it is not humid and there is a pleasant breeze. It cools down quickly at night.
Well as our body clock is telling us it is now midnight (although 8 o'clock Jordanian time) we are off to bed. More about Amman tomorrow as the hotel has free internet service.
All the best