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Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 6th 2013

October 6, 2013 So, we booked three weeks off in October way back in the Spring, and as August was closing we realized we hadn't decided on where to go...gah! After tossing around a few ideas we decided on Jordan (coupled with Greece, more on that to come) so it was off to the Middle East! The lovely K has always wanted to see Petra, and I fell in love with deserts while in Morocco so it seemed like a perfect choice...add on the Dead Sea, Jerash and seeing the Red Sea at Aqaba and the trip pretty much took care of itself... The plan was to start in Amman for a couple of days before heading to Petra, then the desert at Wadi Rum before running out of real estate at the southern port city ... read more
Roman Amphitheatre
At the Citadel
Lovely K at the Citadel

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra October 2nd 2013

Mit dem Taxi sind es etwa 1,5 Stunden von der Grenze nach Wadi Musa, den kleinen Ort am Eingangstor zur antiken Stadt Petra. Wir hatten dem jungen Taxifahrer erlaubt seine Freundin mitzunehmen, aber die beiden stritten die ganze Zeit, also mussten wir irgendwann anhalten damit der junge Mann seiner Freundin zur Versöhnung einen Tee am Straßenrand kaufen konnte. Dann mussten wir nochmal anhalten, damit er die mitgebrachte Minze, die seine Freundin auf dem Schoß hielt mit Wasser aus dem Kofferraum gießen konnte, schließlich hielten wir nochmal, weil er pinkeln musste und dann noch mal wegen einer Polizeikontrolle. So dauerte es doch ein bisschen länger aber gegen 17 Uhr kommen wir in Wadi Musa an, wo wir ein preiswertes jordanisches Hotel gebucht haben. Es gibt hier nicht viele Optionen neben den allgegenwertigen internationalen Luxushotels, die gut 200$ ... read more
...und das Ergebnis der Mühen
Im Siq
Das Ende des Siq

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra July 27th 2013

So our Journey continued across the border to Jordan, across the Wadi Rum ('famous' desert), and to Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses), and to our Hotel. One could feel we were in a different country. Very friendly people. And very trustworhty (Adrian forgot his camera at the border, and they kept it for him for 2 days) Ramadan was still on, so we so perhaps 3 arab women while in jordan.... We arrived at the hotel, slept early so that we could get into Petra early...I had been looking forward to this since I was 10...(indiana jones movies ) When you first impressions are: 1. Child labor 2. Animal Abuse 3. Tourist euphoria (myself included) ...It is hard to accept that you visiting one of the “seven wonders of the world” but the enormous graveyard that ... read more
Petra - Monumental Graveyard!
The Treasury - From the Indiana Jones movie
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Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba June 16th 2013

MONDAY 18.6.2013 Up early for earlybirds breakfast and off on our trip to Petra and the Wadi Rum, WHAT CAN WE SAY!!! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! First off the ship and our guides were waiting for the five of us, thought we could not top yesterday but this was certainly up there. Two hour drive to Petra - through the changing landscape of mountains, colours, desert and camels walking (shackled) across the 3 lane freeway- then a 2km walk down into the Siq (following in the footsteps of Indiana Jones, amazing) and then to the Treasury, then another 1km down past amphitheatre, urn thumb etc - absolutely unbelievable the height of the rocks beside you as you walked down through the Siq, and then around the corner comes the Treasury - so beautiful! The walk back out ... read more
PETRA
PETRA
WADI RUM

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea June 9th 2013

8/6/13 hongkong my clock on the ipad says 2.45am so im guessing thats sunday morning in nz wow I've been up for a while! But i got to watch django on the plane which I've wanted to see for ages. I'm at the ymca which i just found out stands for young women's christian association, so its ywca Lochlan didn't mention that bit. Rooms pretty basic and a shared bathroom. Missing brent, my dreams keep drifitng to that horrible night, maybe its effected me more than i thought. I'm glad i got a shuttle from the airport, its a while away and theres heaps of people and crazy drivers, also its raining. I'm not to far from some main shopping streets by the looks of it, i'll check it out tomorrow, along with my awsome new ... read more
Jade markets
Jade anklet i got

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Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum May 18th 2013

After three days of sailing up the Red Sea we arrived in Aqaba, Jordan. The city was filled with half a million tourists celebrating a local holiday. It was a good day to head out of town to the desert. Yazeed was our Jordanian guide. He is a Muslim who was educated in Britain and is married to a Spanish Catholic woman and has some very interesting ideas about the Middle East. He calls the Arab Spring the Arab Hell because of the instability it has brought to this area of the world. Jordan is being inundated with Syrian refugees fleeing the violence of their homeland. The numbers are reaching about 2000 a day. Yazeed says that Jordan is surrounded by “naughty neighbors” who are always causing a ruckus. We passed Bedouin herders tending to their ... read more
THE SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM
BEDOUIN CAMP IN THE SIQ
BROOKS MOUNTS 'EM UP

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba May 15th 2013

Aqaba, Jordon is at the head of Red Sea and the port access to Petra, an ancient marvel requiring several hours of travel. We board our buses at 8:20 and begin the 2 ½ hour bus ride north from Aqaba, Jordon’s only Port City. Along the way we learn about this storied land, how its history and people are told in the Bible and, as we pass the road to Wadi Rum, how modern tales have been told about Lawrence of Arabia. The real Indiana Jones did explore these parts and planted the seed for the movie story filmed in Petra. Petra is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataean, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2,000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra May 7th 2013

Diving in the spectacular Red Sea, Safari driving with minors, absorbing the enchanting Petra and floating in the Dead Sea After a long Easter Sunday bus day, where the best we could do for Easter Eggs were Kinder Surprises, we were refreshed and ready for our jam packed day of adventure. Very excited but a little nervous about our intro dive, we got saddled up into our wetsuits, weight belts and tanks before trotting down to the light house area in Dahab of the Red Sea. We learnt the very basics on how to get water out of our masks and mouth pieces and the all important hand signals. For our short intro dive, our guide was going to manage the pressures for us which was quite reassuring. Surprisingly, only after a few minutes, both Amy ... read more

Middle East » Jordan May 7th 2013

Ever since I was a teenager and realized the 'temple of the crescent moon' was actually a real place I have wanted to go to Jordan to see Petra. I admit, like many other tourists a movie inspired me to go to a place. I loved the adventure of Indiana Jones and always wanted to have adventures just like them. As a child I must have watched those movies a hundred times each and in my child's mind I imagined travelling the world and conjured up all sorts of exotic, exciting scenarios of which I was of course the hero. As an adult I know that Petra is a tourist site, and that it will not be the rugged, isolated, hidden gem that it was in my childhood fantasies. People would be everywhere. Tourists jostling for ... read more
cave party
the monastery
the treasury

Middle East » Jordan » North May 7th 2013

Petra - Madaba Our group had pretty much dispersed at the top of Petra and we all made our way back to town at our leisure with no plans until suppertime. Mom and I grabbed some fruit at a shop then headed to the hotel to escape the heat and wash away the dust and sweat from our excursion. We had a nap before going to a cafe to just chill out for a little while. It wasn't long before a couple of our other group members passed by us and pulled up a chair and we spent the rest of the afternoon chit chatting and watching the world go by. After a group supper we again split off into different activities. Some went to the hotel for quiet time, some went to Petra by Night, ... read more
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