Amman, Jordan – February 2015
Amman contains a secret entrance to the Citadel, the triforce, a hobbit hole, and, of course, graffiti
Through some combination of idiocy and chivalry, I decided to explore downtown Amman at night with a newfound Chinese friend. Although I’ve yet to be robbed, I figure that the inevitable is overdue and I refuse to worry about it anymore.
We first went towards the Roman Theater and took a sharp left up a staircase that promised an art gallery.
It was late at night and the gallery was closed. We next headed towards the Citadel, which we soon found out had closed earlier in the afternoon. So instead we headed up the hill, following a trail of graffiti until reaching a panorama of the city.
We then went to Rainbow Street, Amman’s nightlife center. No music. No dancing. Just restaurants. No detectable LGBT culture either, despite the name. We wandered a bit more, then went back after seeing this sticker in a store window referencing Charlie Hebdo.
I went out a couple days later to explore the neighborhoods up the hill from where I was staying.
I ended up wandering up the side of the hill and into the Citadel, where I waved at the security guards who watched me enter through a gap in the barrier.
The sites were amazing, but the view of the surrounding city was even better.
There was even a hobbit hole!