Side Trip #1 – Amman

The first weekend side trip the 2012 Umm el-Jimal team took was to Amman, the capital city of Jordan. Using the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) as a base the Calvin students explored such exciting sites as Jerash and the Amman citadel. Both of the aforementioned sites were cities of the Ancient Greek Decapolis that shared similar cultural heritage to Umm el-Jimal. Along with those two major sites, students also visited the new Jordan museum (which is not yet open to the public), the ancient theatre of Amman, the Amman folklore museum, and Reem Shwarma (a street food station that has been featured in the NY Times)

Hadrian's Arch welcoming the Calvin students to Jerash.

The view from the top row of the theatre at Jerash!

Evan Elliot and Michael Valk wearing their new keffiyehs.

The Amman Citadel (Greek: Acropolis of Philadelphia)

The Calvin team at the Amman Citadel.

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