This past weekend we stopped by Safut. The kids both fell asleep in the car so I just got out to say hello to my site. It was quite green and, other than a few more fallen stones, in a similar condition to last summer. Tomorrow or the day after I’m taking my camera and doing a more complete visit. I plan on taking some pictures of squares to see how much damage has been done since they were last excavated and I plan on walking and driving all around the site (seeing and experiencing it from every angle).
Over the weekend I took Angela and the kids to Tall al-Umayri and Tall Jalul with a stop in Madaba for lunch. There were sheep/goats at both Umayri and Jalul so Jack was very happy. He would say “sheep” and then “sheep dog” and then “pig”, unfortunately there were no pigs, especially not in Jordan. If you were wondering his favorite movie before leaving was Babe. In Madaba we saw the owner of the hotel we stay at for the dig, Charl Twal. We had a nice talk and some cappuccino. Jack and his son Amir (who is 3) tried to play a little and they each had chocolate milk. Jalul was also a bit green and was none the worse for wear (other than on the acropolis in the ottoman period graveyard where looters had dug a hole looking for gold). We saw some shabob from the dig and they invited us over for tea. It was a beautiful day, the sun was out and the temperature was mid-60’s. It was nice to share some of my Jordan experiences and friends with my family.