Went to Jerash with my roommate Abdullah. We got a flat tire on the way there, which was a bitch, but we got it changed fairly quickly. Then Abdullah got lost, but we were able to rely on the Arab version of GPS: asking people on the side of the street for directions every 15-30 minutes.
Once we got to Jerash we only stayed for 20 minutes, because it was fucking hot and we’re both fasting, so heat like that is downright punishing when you can’t just knock back a liter of water.
Abdullah had to go to a distant relative’s funeral in a village that was about an hour past Jerash, in the very beautiful Ajloun district. I got to go with him to prayer in the town’s mosque, which was a great experience.
We didn’t reach Jerusalem until about 4:30 in the afternoon.
Even though we had left at 10am for the border, we were stuck for 3 hours at the Israeli terminal because one of the people with us is Palestinian-American. They didn’t make a good first impression as the first thing I noticed after getting off the bus to the Israeli terminal was a young Israeli man with a loaded assault rifle pacing nervously back and forth next to the first passport counter.
We finally made it to our hostel sweaty, exhausted, and with a new-found appreciation of why so many people dislike the state of israel so much.
Once were set up in our really nice hostel, Abraham Hostel, we explored the area surrounding it and found some really nice markets and an area with very European architecture with a multitude of cafes and restaurants that were all packed at night.
We went to bed early though, as we wanted enough rest for our only full day the next day.