There are few stories in which fellow travelers tell, especially in Syria, that they have found a town far away from what we are shown on TV when talking about Middle East, a friendly and helpful people. Let's go to the cradle of civilization, the one that was born during the second millennium BC. when Nabateans, Canaanites, Phoenicians and Arameans they took their lands, which subsequently fell into the hands of Assyrian, Babylonians and of the great persian empireBut it was Alexander the Great and the Greek the first great conquerors of this land, before Romans and Byzantines they will annex him to his great and immense empire that we all know (and with them his splendor) and the Umayyad Empire later
And the crusades of S.XI to S.XIII arrived. Arabs and Christians Holy Land alternated in bloody battles throughout the territory. Castles and impenetrable fortresses were born with them.
The decline came with the invasion and destruction of the Mongols and ignorance of Rompers, but Ottoman Empire from the sixteenth to the twentieth century regained its splendor.
World War I, the Anglo-Arab war against the Turks with Lawrence of Arabia leading and the subsequent "betrayal of the Arabs" led to France and England The territory that subsequently became independent gave rise to the current Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
What can we expect from the land where more civilizations have passed throughout history?
Well here we are, with the bags packed to Amman via Madrid, at A Coruña Airport
As not everything could be perfect, here we suffer the Unpleasant INCIDENCE of the trip, since we had to put up with the insolence of "an unpleasant Iberian pantoja" saying that the system did not work and could not give us the Madrid - Amman cards (although the bags did). We have breakfast (€ 4.80) and we insist again because our traffic is only 1h and 30 min and a kind companion manages to get Ruth and Isaac's, but we continue without Juve.
Said and done, the DISASTER SYSTEM OF IBERIA (a zero for the company on our part, since it is not the first one that makes us) in addition to not allowing online check-in for shared codes and not operating the system or at the Airport , along with a 30-minute delay of the plane, we arrive with the complete plane and Juve without a boarding pass. As the law says (do not forget your rights) the € 600 of indenmization no one takes away from us. Ruth stays with Juve and the rest with the 4 suitcases we are advancing towards Amman.
But not everything can go wrong. The Royal Jordanian representative quickly places them on the night flight, in bussiness and access to Iberia's VIP lounges. A 10 for the Royal. In addition, the trip does not disrupt us, since its arrival is scheduled for 7:30 and we will be there to pick them up and start our route. In Amman we plan to sleep only.
Meanwhile… LOW FLIGHT !! We share seats with a 10-year-old boy COÑAZO who does not stop entering and leaving the service, screaming for his computer, to disturb. As always, the food was horrible (but Ruth had prepared two delicious tuna tortilla sandwiches, yum, yum!). After 4 hours and a half of flight, we arrived at 22'55. Simple procedures. We change € 100 to 0.88 JOD, visa (20 JOD both), we take the 4 bags and there is our car waiting for us to move to the accommodation.
The hotel where we sleep is called Amman Arena (more information IN THIS ARTICLE). When we choose it, we only think of a quick location and its economy. In this respect, it fulfilled perfectly. The rest, very basic and even careless, but enough. Propinilla (1 JOD) for the trunk and rest at last.
Ringgg ... ring.... Juve? Ruth? ZzZzZzZ. !!! Juveeeeeeeeee !! !! Ruthhhhhhh !!! Stop eating and enjoy the VIP area and take the plane, which you still stay, hehehehe. At 3, asleep the desired message arrives, Juve and Ruth already fly to meet us. And often Bussiness class. In addition, as a curiosity, the plane is a charter that has rented a Spanish company but ...! HAS NOT PAID THE HOTELS !! and people have decided not to embark. 4 cats go. What are you doing? Days later we would find out ACCORDING TO THIS ARTICLE IN HOSTELTUR that it was Dahab Travel that left its customers on the ground.
At 8 we will meet again, and now we will begin our journey. Tomorrow a piece of land called Cham awaits us. See you tomorrow everyone
Isaac and cia, from Amman (Jordan)
EXPENSES DAY 1: € 4.80 and JOD 21 (approx € 23.86)