At the hotel for the 50 operation smile volunteers (mostly Jordanian) there were many guys that made me think I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of a rifle with them. It turned out these many guys were Libyan rebel fighters who were in Jordan for medical care from injuries suffered during their revolution against Gadhafi which ended 20 Oct 2011, just six weeks before I saw them. The guys were constantly viewing war scenes on their laptops in the lobby. I got up the nerve to try to talk to them, and the smiles flashed and despite limited English we spent an hour each evening talking. I never know what or who I'm going to discover on my trips. They asked me to tell people to come to beautiful Libya for a vacation, but wait a few months so it could be fixed up.
|a small portion of the Roman ruins at Jerash|
|At Umm Qais - Israel on the left, Syria (Golan Heights) on the right and Lebanon beyond the Sea of Galilee|