These random adventures can be very small, though. I’m a big fan of calling everything that is even slightly different from normal work routines 'an adventure'. So my last Friday was definitely an adventure, though it started as a casual late breakfast plan with a friend.
We headed off to wash his car (I know, so exciting!), but ended up driving around Western Amman, peeking at the lives of the rich and famous, seeking for the best view, spending a silent moment at a shrine, and finding out that the small retro car was only meant for children. Oops. Western Amman is a bit more scarcely populated and has a spacious and green flair. No wonder most of the houses there are big, fancy and especially pretty. On one hill the community had built only one entrance. That’s real exclusivity.
Driving on. On the side of the road, I spotted a sign. The shrine of the ‘venerable’ companion of the Prophet. (I also learned that venerable means honorable). We drove on to a small, blue-domed white shrine on the side of a hill. It was very plain, both outside and inside, but it marked the place of Bilal bin Rabah, the one who made the first call to prayer and served as prophet Muhammad’s muezzin. Pretty amazing to stand there, by the man whose words we hear multiple times a day (or before the sunrise too, and that is not always a pleasure to wake up for). Though some say Bilal’s real grave is in Damascus. Who knows. The idea is still there. Same case with so many places here in the Holy Land.
The day was not over, though. After a perfect lunch in Dabuq, we headed to the king Hussein mosque. I’m just letting the pictures to tell their story, it was truly a magical place with harmonious colors and atmosphere.
Our little spontaneous adventure ended in the Royal Automobile Museum. Vintage cars, awesome, right? We took some poses with the retro car, only to find out afterward, that it was meant for children only. Oh well, we all do have an inner child.
As it turns out, with the right company, any day can turn into a series of spontaneous decisions, leading you to wonderful and random places. And this also makes a nice, silly story.