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Trip Report Jordan - a very good trip, more or less

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On March 6, four of us took off from Ottawa (Canada) to fly to Frankfurt. The purpose of the trip was to meet our daughter in Jordan. She left home (oldest child, first time leaving home) in late January to attend school in Turkey. There, that’s four countries I have mentioned in my opening paragraph. Poor writing at its best.
Before our daughter left home it became apparent that we could only handle her departure for Turkey emotionally if we arranged to meet her a month or two after she left. As we have all been to Turkey we decided to meet in Jordan, somewhere none of us had been. And we could see Petra – another place we could tick off on our list of amazing places to see before family members stopped talking to each other. I am from the Lounge and it seems all families stop talking to one another eventually.
So we (me, wife, two sons aged 17 and 14) would fly from Ottawa to Amman and our daughter would fly from Ankara to Amman at about the same time. One of the flight options from Ottawa offered a 12 hour stopover in Frankfurt. This seemed like a good idea at the time as it would allow the boys to see a bit of Germany. They could tell their friends that of course they have been to Germany. I mean, who hasn’t?
We arrived in Frankfurt on a Thursday morning at 6:30. Our luggage had been checked through to Amman so we only had a backpack each. The train into town was indeed easy to find as had been promised by millions of people on the Internet. In fact I have been to Frankfurt a few times so knew the routine. What was harder to find was something to do in Frankfurt. Some of the tours that are offered in the summer aren’t offered in March. So we walked around a bit, bought some pastry, went to a church and then stared at one another. What to do?
Time to admit defeat, find a hotel and sleep for a few hours. Cheaper hotels are usually near the train station so we wandered back that way and spotted a Best Western. Nothing like a familiar brand name when you have been away from home all of 14 hours. We walked into a lobby that was oddly constructed. The woman behind the counter could only see me and not DW and the boys. She was not smiling. This is not the woman I have spotted in Best Western commercials who seems happy to see everyone. I asked her in German if she spoke English. Of course she did. Okay then, we are looking for a room for 4-5 hours. Was that possible? Her response was of course not. “We don’t do that here.” Well, I asked, do you know anyone here who does do that here, whatever that is? “Check at the train station” we were told. Long story short we returned to the tourist office at the train station and asked about what had just happened. The smiling woman there told us that the area around the train station was the red light district and that the woman behind the desk thought I was looking for a bed not to sleep on but well you know.
So with that we hopped back on the train and returned to the airport. Given that this was only a ten day trip but over quite a distance, we decided not to exhaust ourselves on day one and ruin the first few days. So we paid our way into a lounge to kill the remaining time before our flight. For only $160 we got orange juice and some peanuts, wifi and leather chairs. For the last few years we have decided not to add up the cost of our trips. We don’t want to know. Peanuts consumed, we boarded our Lufthansa flight right on time (about 7:30 pm) and we were on our way to Amman.

My goal for this trip report is to generate 50 posts. Assuming 45 of them will be mine, I am hoping 5 people will be supportive enough to post something. Criticism is fine.

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