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Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra January 21st 2013

January 3, 2013 - We arrived in Petra around 5:30pm and were originally scheduled to be at a Jordanian cooking class at 6. Since it had already been a long, busy day and the class was a little pricey, we decided to forego the Petra Kitchen and enjoy the buffet at the hotel instead. But before dinner, the hotel was running a special for their Turkish bath that was attached to the building. For only about $18 we sat in a steam room and then each had separate massages on hot slabs of marble before being doused in hot water. It was a pretty relaxing end to the day. After dinner at the hotel we flipped on a movie in the room and were sleeping by around 10 or 11. We woke up early again the ... read more
Petra hotel room
view from hotel room
view from hotel room

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra December 18th 2012

Petra is probably the most visited attacktion in the Middle East, and probably the only reason for many tourists to come to Jordan in the first place. For me, it was a very short experience. I knew I had to visit Petra eventually, despite the 50 JD entry fee, because you can't go to Jordan and NOT go to Petra. So I didn't hesitate when my Bedouin friend from Wadi Rum invited me to go and stay one night at his friends house in Wadi Musa and visit Petra the next day. I grabbed my backpack and off we went, Bedouin style: Very spontaniously. We went with 2 other guys from the village and after a short drive we arrived at the friends house. For me, a European girl alone, this was another scary experience. I ... read more
on the mountain
A camel chilling
Roman theatre

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra December 6th 2012

After two hours of walking through Petra, I turned a bend on the dusty road and this beautiful little boy came into view. He was sitting all alone in the desert wearing a bright orange sweater of all things and a heavy cotton hat. Set before him was a sheet of cardboard covered in rocks for sale. My first thought was how ingenius this was, selling rocks in the desert. He had plentiful inventory, zero overhead costs, and a never ending stream of potential customers walking right past him all day. My second thought was, "Where is your mother young man?" I have a seven-year-old son myself. I put him on the bus every morning and send him to school where he gets a good education. He came home recently telling me he knew what he ... read more
All alone?
Me with the future bowling alley employee.
Just happy to be here!

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra October 11th 2012

Wednesday night and Thursday: Petra The thought of visiting has been a highlight in planning our trip and we are both excited about arriving here. We stopped on our way in and Khaled ran in and picked up tickets for us for Petra at Night and we arrive at our hotel around 5:30. We will have time to do this. We headed into Petra by Night after a quick salad dinner. A lot of people have jackets and heavier clothes on which had us kind of wondering if they know something we didn't. As it turned out our T shirts and capris were all we needed. The Siq going into the Treasury was all candlelit so we could make our way. There were large groups and we were warned to distance ourselves and stay away from ... read more
Horse and Carriage
Colourful Duo
Approaching the Treasury (2)

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra July 23rd 2012

Bus to Petra It all started with a public transport bus packed with a few tourist groups and then one big group of 17 loud, fun arabs. I was in the latter. The 3 hour bus ride to Petra from Amman seemed short with the different arabic songs being sung and plenty of new people to get to know. The group was made up of a lot of Laila's friends I had already met, but a few new ones as well. By the way, I heard horrible things about Jordanian Public Transportation, but they must have really upgraded their buses and infrastructure since these reviews because it was a very smooth, comfortable trip - and only 8 dinars as well. It was a great deal so I'd recommend it to anyone going to Petra, Wadi Rum, ... read more
Camels of Petra
Inside the Siq
Looking up in the Siq

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Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra June 28th 2012

After some intense airport security leaving from Tel Aviv and traffic jams we finally arrived to our hotel in downtown Amman. It was around 8pm and the streets and sidewalks were jam packed of people selling and buying products. We were both extremely tired however we had to brave the streets in order to get local currency to pay for our hotel. Honestly we were both overwhelmed by the number of people and instead of trying to find food we decided we weren’t that hungry. The following morning in the light of day we felt a little less tired and were ready for our day trip to Petra. Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that is famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduit system. The site was ... read more
Petra
Obelisk Tomb
Petra

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra June 23rd 2012

Jordan is amazing. I've been out of touch the last few days, running around the country. I found myself in a bedouin camp (tourist friendly of course), and now while im the airport waiting for a flight to cairo, I have time to reflect on the past couple of days. I've seen more roman ruins, with better access to them, here in Jordan. In Jeresh, an ancient city, we walked through a huge complex of ruins, noting these magnificent columns, huge amphitheater (everywhere Rome went, they created these huge theaters it appears), and the tracks of wheel carts from time gone by set in the stone. Quite magnificent. Castles litter the country side and are fun to walk through. Jordan was an important place in regards to religion and trade, and ruins from the crusades and ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra June 23rd 2012

The name itself conjures up images of the exotic, mystery, Bedouin's and Indiana jones. I am not afraid to admit that Petra first came on my radar after the Last Crusade! Petra is a huge, huge complex and you could spend a couple days hiking around the site, though most tourists stick to the main road, which is good as well. The most common image you've probably seen of petra is that of the treasury, though trust me, there is so much more. Roman and nabaaeten tombs, sacrificial altars, a huge carved lion on the side of a hill, etc. It has only been thirty years or so since people were moved out of those very caves, to clear the way for the tourists. However, there are still a couple of families that do still live ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra April 4th 2012

Finally arriving somewhere that you have long wished to visit can put you a little on edge. We walked down the long siq towards the famous and much photographed canyon like entrance to Petra wondering could it be as impressive as the pictures and other people say. When we turned that final corner and came upon the gap with the rose coloured façade of the Treasury peeping through all our concerns vanished. Much as with other well photographed icons such as the Taj Mahal there is nothing to compare with being there and seeing it for yourself. The Treasury is truly impressive, carved out of the cliff face rising to a great height and in a beautiful soft colour is something very special. This of course is not all there is to Petra, it’s a huge ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra April 4th 2012

It was an early departure to start our Jordanian adventure outside of the capital. First stop was Mt Nebo, where Moses is said to have seen the promised land for the first time. Lucky for us it was a clear day, so we had views all the way to Israel. Our British travel companion got her way in the end and a stop to see St George Church in Madaba was included in our itinerary. The church boosts a mosaic map, covering a large section of the Church's floor. The map is of lands that are now known as Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Palestine and Iraq. Through earthquakes, parts of the mosaic have been damaged, but considering the map dates back to 6th century AD, it is quite impressive it is in as good condition as ... read more
The Siq
Camels
Karak Castle




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