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23 April 2013
Teambuilding in Amman: the hills are alive

roadside views from the Dead Sea to Amman
roadside views from the Dead Sea to Amman

After a long day of meetings, we were treated to a team outing in downtown Amman. First stop: souvenirs! Because nobody can come back from a biz trip without some junk for the family and the office, right?

someday we hope to look as fabulous as this mud model
someday we hope to look as fabulous as this mud model


We stopped at a souvenir stand on the side of the road between the Dead Sea and Amman. While our lovely hostess helped each teammate haggle their way through bargain purchases, we had a chance to check out the surroundings. On one side, a ramshackle tent village. On the other, gorgeous mountains. From time to time a small child would emerge, moving a scraggly herd of goats down the highway.

a different side of Jordan
a different side of Jordan

goatherder-in-training
goatherder-in-training

this little girl seemed puzzled that I was taking her picture
this little girl seemed puzzled that I was taking her picture...

...but her little brother totally got into it
...but her little brother totally got into it


And onward to Amman! Since we'd arrived at the Dead Sea in the dead of night, this was our first chance to appreciate the Jordanian landscape. The elevation differential was ear-popping.

beautiful countryside en route to Amman
beautiful countryside en route to Amman

Jordan was much hillier than I expected
Jordan was much hillier than I expected

room with a view
room with a view


Once in Amman, we drove past some interesting neighborhoods and notable structures, without much chance to explore beyond what we could see from the windows of the van. That's the downside to being part of a big group, and part of the reason we prefer independent travel. Still, we probably wouldn't found ourselves in Amman otherwise, and it was a nice overview of a surprisingly beautiful city.

downtown Amman

cool bridge

King Abdullah Mosque


We did stop and get out of the van to check out the Citadel and Roman ruins. The site was closed, but we got a chance to see it from the outside, and got some lovely hilltop views of Amman while the evening call to prayer rang out over the city.

Amman Citadel and ruins
Amman Citadel and ruins

eery green lighting
eery green lighting

Amman at dusk
Amman at dusk

yay team
yay team


We also had a quick pitstop at the Roman Amphitheater, which looks absolutely gorgeous at night and would be a kickass place to see a concert.

Mark thinks AquaSpank should play here
Mark thinks AquaSpank should play here


Roman Amphitheatre

and surrounding hills

manymanymany photos

Overall, I really liked Amman's quirky narrow streets and hilly landscape. The teambuilding continued at an amazing Armenian restaurant, but that's the subject of an upcoming WanderFood Wednesday post so stay tuned!

three cheers for biz trips to unexpected places
three cheers for biz trips to unexpected places

Arabic graffiti <3
Arabic graffiti <3


RELATED LINKS:
* browse all Amman pics
* browse all Jordan pics uploaded so far
* check out past WanderFood Wednesday posts (I haven't done one of these in a while and it's long overdue!) 

 

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