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Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman January 12th 2012

Geo: 31.9494, 35.9329We started this morning from Petra and drove about one hour to Wadi Rum. This is a national park in the middle of the desert. The scenery is spectacular. We transferred to a 4 wheel drive (which had seen better days) and headed into the sand amongst the rocky mountains. Wadi Rum means Valley of the High Mountains and it is certainly that. There are many high sandstone mountains and the ground is all red sand. We climbed up one of the sand dunes and then stopped at a Bedouin camp for hot tea. In this area Lawrence of Arabia was active in 1917 during the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire. We saw his face carved on a rock near the Bedouin stopping place. We spent about 90 minutes driving through the sand, ... read more
Desert at Wadi Rum
Our 4 wheel drive
Dunes

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 23rd 2011

Dinner last night was a great success. I rounded up three from our trip (Kathy, Andrew and Michael). We were joined by a Monitor couple who are colleagues of Andrew’s . We ate at the “Living Room” a very westernish restaurant about 15 minutes from the Crowne Plaza. Jennifer ordered about six dishes and we all just dug in. This morning we spent in a three hour meeting. Local staff at RTP told us about the local operations in Jordan. Then we drove 15 minutes through Amman to a Community Centre to take part in a session organized for teenage girls (and observing moms) by the Jordan Chechen society. Turns out that these Islamic Yugoslavians were driven out of their own countries by Stalin , and others, and were taken in by the Jordanians. Nevertheless they ... read more
Amman Before Lift Off
Chechens discussing Violence
Lindsay with The Appetizers

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 21st 2011

My first blog This is all very new to me. ...But it is important to make learning a life long adventure. So I have adopted the non de plume given me by Francie and the site Katherine used on her big trip. This trip is my introduction to the NGO Right to Play. I wont spend a lot of time describing it because the web site is pretty complete. this trip is focused on Jordan with a side trip to Beirut and a route home through the occupied Territories . Then home through Israel. Now I am going to see if I can figure out the picture thing. Then meeting the team for dinner.... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 14th 2011

Over the last few months i’ve begun to realise that I don’t want to continue backpacking, on my own, with my trusty (but rather old and smelly) rucksack, in the cheapest way possible! With that in mind I changed the trip i’d arranged for Jordan, Dubai, SrI Lanka and then onwards to Thailand and Indonesia; to a simple two and a half week holiday to Jordan and Dubai. I also took a suitcase. A major step for me! An actual suitcase; One that could be wheeled around, rather than worn on my back. I also booked – in advance – the hotel where I was going to spend my first night... this was, indeed, a big change. And here I am; In Jordan; In the capital city of Amman. And whilst I am on my own ... read more
the Roman Theatre
Me at the amphitheatre
my guide!

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 8th 2011

I'm on a one week group tour with Exodus to Jordan which was fixed at relatively short notice, well about 4 weeks ago. I realised that I hadn't had a holiday since Easter, only business trips, and England is getting cold and depressing..... So after trawling through the usual suspects online (Exodus, Explore, Adventure Company) I settled on this one week whizz round Jordan. As ever I found my own flight and got the best deal ever with Royal Jordanian -- £266 return. OK, they’re not exactly Emirates but the plane was new, G&T cold and the service friendly. Great service from the local Exodus agent: he was waiting before passport control and helped me with the visa and immigration chores, then straight off to a waiting car. I arrived one day before the rest of ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman August 11th 2011

It is quite hard to write this post. Tomorrow Tad and I will depart for Egypt, and this is the end of my time in Jordan on this trip. It has been quite a time, and I have enjoyed it immensely. If Tad comes back to Jordan in the future I will be sure to pay him a visit. Tad and I have done quite a lot, from climbing waterfalls in Wadi Weida, to an ex-pat party in Amman, to spending time swatting flies and killing ants in al-Mazra. There have been many quiet periods, which has been nice, and many adventures as well. Most of all it has been great to spend time with Tad. Watching him teach English in Arabic and being so patient with his students is a great inspiration to me. We ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman March 18th 2011

Admittedly, my other entries are not au courant, however, I simply had to get these photos of the protest rally in Amman Jordan on line and into my blog. I took over 500 pics and I have video on my Canon SD850, if I can upload it! I made my way through the throng of people everywhere in order to get what shots I could before realizing that I was going to be able to go about shooting what I wanted; the police and others in control of the street were going to let us, photographers and me as a tourist with a camera take any and all photos we wanted. I got to a high advantage point on a tree support about 5 feet above the crowd and got some fabulous shots! Not all came ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman February 13th 2011

Amman citadel Temple of Hercules. Dedicated to the hero god as 161-166 AD when the city was called Philadelphia. The hand and elbow of a 35m high Collossal stature was found and Hercules was found on many coins from the area at that time. Hercules was the son of Zeus and a mortal woman. Umayyad palace and town with baths and collonsfed street Fortified Walls Bagpipes- traditional instrument Head of Tyche wearing turreted crown Museum All the way from stone age 40,000-10,000 years ago, Neolithic ages etc. all the way up to the Roman Age. Tgere are many prehistoric remains in the museum as Jordan is rich in remains from prehistoric periods as the south Levant was the only corridor through which wary humanoids migrated from Africa to the rest of the world. Much Nabatean sculpture ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman February 10th 2011

Got up early enough to say goodbye to Neill's kids before they went to school, got breakfast with Neill and then off the the Sheik Hussein northern border crossing point to make the trip over to Jordan. We travelled a very scenic mountain route enjoying clear views. Waiting on the other side in Jordan was my mate from Armagh Gary and his friend who drove all the way from the Jordanian city Amman. The crossing was more straightforward than I had expected and after all the passport control questions about my travels it basically amounted to a long wait for a bus to bring me the 100m to get across the border. Gary has been in Amman for 4 years now and has settled into life here very well working as a manager for Fitness First ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman January 26th 2011

Hi Everybody! I have always been intriqued by the Middle East, but my common sense convinced me to use caution when visiting this part of the world. Jordan is an amazing country, full of contrasts. The people here depend on tourism and are genuinely friendly. We started our adventure in Amman, the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan and home of 80% of its citizens. It is a city of many hills, white stone homes, modern skyscrapers, ancient Roman ruins, and many markets. It is scorching hot in the summer but very pleasant in January. Amman has been inhabited for 9000 years making it one of the world’s oldest cities. Muslims make up 96% of the population and Christians 4%. The people of Jordan have religious freedom and seem to live peacefully together. King Abdallah II ... read more
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Amman
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