Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jordan Egypt 2010 - Day 1: Madaba

Leaving the grand Roman town ruins in Jerash, we headed directly to Madaba, where we would settle for our very first night in Middle East.

Our accommodation, Mosaic City Hotel, is a nice little hotel tucked at one corner of Madaba's main road.  Our room was reasonable, with clean attached bathroom.  The breakfast was simple, but yet sufficient.

But one thing we were too happy was that there were sands in our bed cover.  I don't know whether it is a 'feature' in the desert, or it is a result of someone's laziness.  The price for a twin room is JD44 (S$88) a night.  It is a bit expensive, but you will know why we chose this hotel later.

Nearby our hotel, there were a number of convenient shops where we stocked up our bottled water.  The price is JD3 (~S$6.00)  for a 6-pack 2-liter bottled water.  It is a bit pricey, isn't it?

Then we went out to look for food in the dark.  We were walking in a street lined up with shops, but then restaurants were not that common.  The few that we found were mostly empty, with hardly any customers.  So, after a long search, we decided to have our dinner at a small 'restaurant', for some grilled stuff.

Here is our dinner for the night.  There was grilled chicken, grilled vegies, and grilled lamb?  I guess.  The portion was quite big and I didn't manage to finish the whole thing.  The lamb and vegie were not bad, but the chicken was a bit dry and hard to chew.

After our dinner, we went back to our hotel and had a nice sleep.  Ok, that's the end of our very first day, a very long first day.

Oh, by the way, we only came to Madaba for accommodation, not for what it is famous for, which is mosaic. The reason?  We actually wanted to stay in Dead Sea area, so that we can enjoy a swim in Dead Sea, and save time, but as we searched for accommodation, my gosh, they are all so expensive, usually a night will cost you around USD200.  As a cheaper alternative, we chose to stay in Madaba, instead.

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