Throwback to a time when DSLR, Blackberry and digital cameras were the big thing. When mobile phone cameras were still pixelized. This is a travel recap to a memorable time when a company I used to work for gave an incentive trip to all of its employees to go to Jordan for the weekend.
It was an all expense paid trip to celebrate excellent efforts put in by the entire office for the year. A reward for exceeding our sales targets while building an even greater team work.
It was a wonderful trip getting to know my colleagues and superiors that I've always admired and respected. That weekend, we all met at the airport, loosened up, and felt like kids on a field trip as soon as we crossed the immigration counter.
|The Greco-Roman City of Jerash|
It was an organized trip. Aboard the bus, I remember lots of laughter and singing. We checked in at Kempinski Hotel in Amman (Haha, so posh, right?). That afternoon, we went straight to the city of Jerash for an archeaological stroll.
|Temple of Zeus|
|J.D. stands for Jordanian Dinar. Entrance fee now is 10 J.D. for foreigners|
The Ancient City of Jerash comes second to Petra when it comes to list of favorite destinations in Jordan. It's located 48 kilometers North of Amman and its existence goes way back 3rd Century B.C. more than 6,500 years. This impressively well preserved city of antiquity was hidden for centuries in sand until it was re-discovered in 1806 by a German orientalist, Ulrich Jasper Seetzen. The excavation and restoration carried on since the 1920s.
|The Arch of Hadrian|
|Performances of Roman Army Battle Tactics and Gladiators Fighting twice daily at the Hippodrome|
|The Oval Forum|
|Welcome to Jerash|
|The City of 1000 Columns|
|The Intricate Well Preserved Ruins|
|Roman Bath Ruins|
|Dubbed the Pompeii of the East|
|Columns of Jerash|
|My younger self|
|The North Theatre|
|The South Theatre|
While standing on the mounds of the north and south gate, the strong contrast of the modern and ancient city of Jerash can be admired. The Jerash Festival is held each year for 2 weeks in July which features theatrical performances, concerts, poetry reading and other forms of arts.
There was a lot of walking. Despite the blazing sun, we all had a wonderful time exploring Jerash in a relaxed atmosphere together away from the corporate environment we were so used to. Writing this post made me miss my former colleagues. If I had the chance to re-live those moments, I would seize it in a heartbeat.
Love & light,