The WRC wrapped up yesterday in exciting fashion, with the award ceremony being held along the banks of the Dead Sea. An exhausting day, we got to the service tent (where the teams prep the cars) around 10am, and spent some time visiting Amanda’s friends in the Subaru tent. Between stages we chatted a bit with driver Chris Atkinson, who finished on the podium in third place. Nice guy.
Before I get started, let me take you back two nights for a quick restaurant recommendation, Haret Jdoudna in Madaba. We went there for dinner just after I finished writing my last entry, and it was the best place we’ve eaten in Jordan. Set in an old stone courtyard off the street, this classy establishment offers traditional Middle Eastern fare that’s a notch above ordinary. Not the cheapest place (35JD for two), but worth the splurge if you’re in town.
Yesterday was a bit of a slow day for us, as we did little more than bid adieu to Petra and drive from Wadi Musa to Madaba. Madaba is a town of about 50,000 just south of Amman, and only 40 minutes from the Dead Sea. Laid back and easier to navigate than congested Amman (and just as close to Queen Alia airport), Madaba is a sensible alternative to staying in the capital. We’ll be making it our home for the remainder of the trip, except for one night at the Dead Sea.