Day 2 -Jerash ( first free ride)
I woke at 6 am but it was raining heavily so decided to extend my nap and also warm Nooni was still sleeping on my chest.
By noon rains stopped and I decided to take a local cab. I walked towards the main road and got a taxi. A few minutes later I realized he didn't turn on the meter, so I requested him. He refused to turn on the meter and said 25Jd. I was blown away even by Uber it was 12Jd. I refused to pay and insisted to turn on the meter. He said he will take me to Jerash only if I pay 25jd and till then we reached a highway on a hill where I would never find another taxi.
I understood he was taking advantage of the place but he didn't know who I was. I asked him to stop the car, I said "you can get lost" he was in shock and he told me that I would never find a taxi or bus here. I told him I don't care and would prefer walking for 7hrs then pay 25Jd to a greedy guy like him. At that time it wasn't about 25jd but how mean he was and taking advantage of my situation and that really made me angry. Also, I didn't pay him for the distance covered.
I walked for 10mins and a car stopped by me. He was an old guy and asked me "lady, do need some help, you lost?"
I told him that I'm going Jerash and if could do me a favor and drop me at a taxi or bus stop.
According to my parents, never talk to strangers and never, never get into a strangers car. I was breaking all the rules.
So this stranger was from Iran and was going to the airport. A few minutes later he saw the van and asked him to stop. Next moment the guy in the van asked me for id. He could not speak English so the Iranian guy did all the translations for me.
When I opened the door to get in, there was a lady in hijab and a small girl. Almost for 15mins we didn't talk and then lady asked me where I was from. I told her a few things about me and found that she completed university where she learned English but her husband doesn't know to speak English. She has two kids and she is very happy and in love with her husband. She shared some fruits with me on the way.
They dropped me exact at the entrance gate of Jerash. I asked them how much do I need to pay. They refused even though I insisted a lot and instead asked me to take care of myself and visit Jordon again.I waved goodbye and started walking towards the gate.
I scanned my entry pass and entered in through the triumphal arch with three grand openings also know as Hadrian Arch
Adjacent to this is a hippodrome, constructed in the 2nd century for horse and chariot races, with a seating capacity of 15,000.
Inside the ancient city from the south overlooks vast Oval plaza with a seating capacity of more the 3000 spectators which is still in use.