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Not really a ruin, per se, but it feels like one in this image. A good day yesterday thanks to my new friend Carol, who was born here and lives in Australia. She showed me and my other new friend Dave, from the US some of the sights we might otherwise have missed. We went to trendy Rainbow St., lined with cafes and upscale shops, stopped in at Green Jordan, ostensibly a nature preservation organization, but in reality an overpriced souvenir shop with a fantastic view. We also stopped at Books Cafe, a quite modern coffee shop and eatery with a bookstore downstairs, which Carol told us is also an underground Gay gathering spot. I was ecstatic to be able to have a mocha, my first of the trip. Then on to Jo-Bedo, the hippest t-shirt shop in Jordan, with original designs printed on high quality Jordan-made cotton T's. I bought one with a picture of Col. Sanders on it over the inscription in Arabic: "My condolences for your grandfather". I like the non sequitur nature of it. Nobody in the states will have any idea what it says, of course, but I got a lot of grins from Jordanians throughout the day as I was wearing it. Then we stopped in at a souvenir shop run by three brothers who offered to feed us and insisted we at least take tea. They were scrupulously honest, even leaving the "Made in China" labels on their cheaper merchandise. A great day, thanks Carol!
Today I walked up flight after flight of stairs to revisit the Books Cafe for lunch, and took the above shot on my way. My knee was not happy on the way down the steps, however, so I think I better take it easy for the next two days. City tour tomorrow, Madaba and the Dead Sea Friday with another new friend, Inka, who is a travel writer living simultaneously in Miami, Istanbul, and Beirut. Interesting lady. I hope I am still travelling as voraciously as she when I hit 62!
Then Saturday home to my sweetheart at last!