I recently had a week off of work due to Eid al-Adha, which is a religious holiday celebrating the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael. It was rather surprising to see how the city kind of shut down for four days. A lot of restaurants were open and some of the bigger stores and little else. The streets were fairly empty during the day and became extremely congested at night.
Courtney McBeth (the director of Global Internships) and Ruth Gerritsen-McKane (Director of Undergraduate Social Work Education) were visiting Jordan and we were able to do some sightseeing. One day we went to Umm Qeis which is in northern Jordan that overlooks the Sea of Galilee as well as the meeting of borders of three Middle Eastern countries, namely Jordan, Israel, and Syria. We then went to Ajlun Castle which dates back to the time of the Crusades. And then we went to Jerash which is full of Roman Architecture. The following day was spent in Jordan's most famous tourist attraction, Petra. Unfortunately it is somewhat difficult to upload photos due to poor internet connection.