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This is a blog of the adventures of two sisters on a quest to see the world.



Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman August 31st 2018

The Dead Sea This morning after breakfast, the group headed to the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. It is one of the world’s first health resorts and has been the supplier of a variety of products including asphalt for Egyptian Mummification, Potash for fertilizers, cosmetics and herbal supplements. Because the salt is so dense, people can float above the water. However, because of its harsh mineral content, plants and animals cannot flourish. Sadly, the Sea is shrinking at an alarming rate above 3 feet per year. The Sea was so salty that the cuts Renata and I got while we were in Egypt in Dahab from our snorkeling adventure at the Red Sea started to burn. It was not the most comfortable ... read more
Amman Citadel
Amman Citadel
Roman Theatre

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra August 30th 2018

This morning after an early breakfast, Renata and I headed back to Petra to start climbing to the High Place of Sacrifice, recommended by our Tour Guide. On the way to the High Place of Sacrifice we had to pass through the Siq, a 1.2 kilometer long gorge. The Siq The Siq is the entrance to the city of Petra. It is a narrow passage cut through sandstone architecture as a result of rain and wind. It is beautiful to behold and in the morning it lights up with red-pink hues. The Siq also contains a water conduit system along the sides, where rain water can be collected and transported to the various areas of Petra. Inside the Siq there are sculptures carved into the rock. One sculpture is of a camel caravan, with two merchants ... read more
Petra
Petra
Kerak Castle

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra August 29th 2018

Wadi Rum This morning, we headed on a picturesque jeep safari exploring Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum also known as the valley of the moon is a beautiful desert wilderness in southern Jordan. The place is known for its dramatic sandstone mountains. The landscape of Wadi Rum is so unique that it was used to represent Mars in the movie "The Martian." It is also the place where Lawrence of Arabia as well as other movies including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were filmed. In Wadi Rum, we got to meet some Bedouin people who gave us a traditional lunch with some Bedouin Tea (Yum!). We also climbed up a hill, which was super tiring and saw some unique carvings in the rock. Petra ... read more
On the Way to Petra
Petra
Wadi Rum

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum August 28th 2018

Today, was a travel day as we left our tropical paradise of Dahab to the secluded desert of Wadi Rum. The Ferry from Nuweiba to Aqaba From Dahab, the group drove to the ferry terminal in Nuweiba. We said goodbye to our Egyptian tour guide and after going through customs we left to board the ferry. From Nuweiba we took the ferry leaving for Aqaba, which only departs when it is full. So we unfortunately had to wait a long time on the ferry before it left. There was not much to do on the ferry except wait, sleep and read. The group was relieved when we finally reached Aqaba. We did not reach Aqaba until late in the evening. In Aqaba, we met up with our Jordanian tour guide and other tourists who were joining ... read more
Wadi Rum Desert Camp
Wadi Rum Desert Camp

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab August 27th 2018

Snorkeling by the Red Sea Our first stop this morning was snorkeling by the Red Sea. I found snorkeling in the Red Sea intimidating and a little scary. There was a strong current pushing me towards the reef and I admit that I am not the best swimmer. I ended up cutting myself on the reef and decided not to go back in the water due to the strong current. Nevertheless, other travelers in the group said that they had an amazing experience snorkeling and would highly recommend it. I think Dahab would be a great area to visit for more experience swimmers. Dahab is known as the site for the "Blue Hole" nicknamed the worlds most dangerous diving site. It is also home to the "Canyon" another internationally famous dive site. It is one of ... read more
Bedouin Dinner
Dahab by the Red Sea
Dahab by the Red Sea

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab August 26th 2018

Today, was a long travel day. We woke up early in the morning to travel from Cairo to Dahab. Dahab is a relaxing small town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is known to be one of Sinai's most treasured diving destination. The drive was very long with a lot of tolls and security checkpoints. We reached Dahab in the late afternoon, where we relaxed by the pool. Tomorrow will be more exciting, as Renata and I are snorkeling and then heading to a Beduoin Dinner in the evening. Until then!... read more
Welcome to Dahab

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo August 25th 2018

Today, was dedicated to exploring the wonderful city of Cairo. Our first stop, the Egyptian Museum! The Egyptian Museum The Egyptian Museum houses the worlds largest collection of ancient Egyptian Artifacts. During our trip to Cairo, the Egyptian government had just finished building a beautiful, new, more advanced, and larger Egyptian museum closer to the Giza plateau. The museum officials were in the process of moving the artifacts from the current Egyptian museum to its new location. So not all of the artifacts were on display at the old museum. The old museum looked like it needed a makeover as it was in a state of organized chaos. It was small and overcrowded with no air conditioning. However, it did have the ambiance of an old storage warehouse. Going through the museum would not be as ... read more
Hanging Church
Mosque of Mohamed Ali
Khan El Khalili bazaar

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor August 24th 2018

Today, Renata and I are going on our first ever hot air balloon ride. We are so excited to witness the mesmerizing ancient monuments of Luxor from high in the sky. Hot Air Balloon Ride After an early morning pickup (around 3:00 a.m.) with Sinbad tours, Renata and I traveled to the east bank where we boarded a boat that took us to the west bank of the Nile river. In the boat we were given a brief safety demonstration and we had to fill out a waiver form in case anything happened. When we arrived at the Hot Air Balloon site, it was pitched black and Sinbad tours was just starting to slowly fill up the balloons. We boarded our Hot Air Balloon and the group had to shuffle around to distribute weight equally in ... read more
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Karnak Temple
Hot Air Balloon Ride

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor August 23rd 2018

This morning we had to unfortunately say goodbye to the amazing crew who took care of us on our Felucca journey for the past two nights as we head back to Luxor. On our way to Luxor, we stopped at the Temple of Edfu, which is considered the best preserved temple in Egypt. Temple of Edfu The Edfu temple is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak Temple. It has an inner sanctuary and is dedicated to the falcon god Horus. As the son of Osiris and Isis, Horus avenged his father Osiris's death at the hands of Seth in a great battle at Edfu. Seth was exiled and Horus took the throne. Egyptian Pharaohs claim to be the incarnation of Horus, who was said to be "the living king." The temple was buried in ... read more
Edfu Temple
Luxor Temple
Edfu Temple

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan August 22nd 2018

Today we sailed, relaxed and swam along the famous Nile river in our felucca. We also enjoyed our evening sleeping under the stars. The Nile The Nile played an important role in shaping the lives and society of Ancient Egypt. It provided the ancient Egyptians with food, transportation, building materials and more. The river flows north through Egypt and empties into the Mediterranean Sea. The names of the two regions of Egypt, Upper (in the south) and Lower Egypt (in the north) come from the flow of the Nile river. The most important thing that the Nile provided to the Ancient Egyptians was fertile land. The black soil along the Nile is rich and good for growing crops. The three most important crops were wheat, flax and papyrus. Flooding of the Nile was through to be ... read more
Felucca
Felucca
Felucca




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