We had hoped to spend at least part of the Eid holiday visiting the West Bank and Israel, but that was not in the cards because I am still waiting for my Jordanian residence permit, making travel across the border quite tricky. So, we decided to visit some places in Jordan, including first Petra and then Wadi Rum. And Aqaba, it turns out, is only an hour's drive away from Wadi Rum and situated right on the Red Sea. So of course, we decided to check it out as well. The only problem with our little plan is that it was shared by many Jordanians who were as excited about the week-long holiday as we were. We found this out through experience, when, for instance,we showed up at the JETT bus station an hour early to get tickets to Aqaba, only to find the bus sold out. No matter, we bought tickets for later in the day and luckily had thought to book a hotel room earlier.
|Although Aqaba reminded us both of other seaside resorts we've been to, the beautiful mosques of Aqaba were part of what made it unique.|
|On our first night in town we took a stroll on the waterfront. The lights behind Chris are of the much larger Israeli resort of Eilat across the water.|
|Chris enjoying a (non-alcoholic) drink at sun-down and taking in the terrific view.|
We never made it down to the resorts south of town where the snorkelers and scuba divers explore what are supposed to be amazing coral reefs -- that will have to wait for another day. But we can now say we've taken part in an important institution -- celebrating a part of the Eid vacation on the shores of the Red Sea the Jordanian way.