Blogs from North, Jordan, Middle East


Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman February 13th 2017

Jordan is a land rich in epic scenery, world heritage sites, and natural wonders. It is also a spiritual heartland; a land blessed with a rich religious history. It is a land that inspired prophets and formed the spiritual backdrop for God’s covenants. Over the next four days, we will visit sites where modern day miracles happened, trek along pilgrimage routes mentioned in the Old Testament, take in views of the Promised Land revealed to Moses, visit the site where John baptized Jesus, see where Elijah ascended into heaven on a Chariot of Fire, and stop to enjoy the tranquil scenery where Jacob wrestled with an angel. Remarkably, the landscape in Jordan has changed little in the last 2,000 years. Today we ventured north of Jordan’s capital to Anjara, Jerash, Tell Mar Elias & the Jabbok ... read more
Anjara - Our Lady of the Mountain Church
Miraculous Weeping Statue
Tall Mar Elias

Middle East » Jordan » North » Jerash October 17th 2016

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain I'm writing this in the Cairo airport, waiting for our flight to Sharm el Sheikh. There's no wifi in the airport (at least no wifi that we can get to work) and there's no shops or anything in the area we are in, so it's good I have yesterday's blog entry to do. I'll post it when we get to the hotel in Dahab. Yesterday we left our hotel at 8:30 am for the drive to Jerash, about an hour away from Amman. The scenery from Amman to Jerash was ... read more
Jerash - Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 15th 2016

As one of the wonders of the modern world and an icon to fans of the movie Indiana Jones, the Treasury in Petra is clearly at the top of most travel wish lists. So when the decision to go to Jordan was made, my friend Kevin who is a huge Indiana Jones fan, was the most logical choice to be my travel partner. We had a long 10 hour flight on American Airlines to London where we then had a 4 hour layover before connecting to Amman, Jordan on Royal Jordanian Airlines. Arriving just before midnight, clearing customs and immigration was a slow process but while in line, I meet a guy named Josh from London who just so happens to be doing a similar tour around Jordan but with G Adventures. Finally clearing customs, the ... read more
View From The Hotel Room
The Roman Theater in Amman
Inside The Roman Theater in Amman

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 13th 2016

Remember in Monday's blog (All about Amman) I told you about the photographer who took photos of us during our tour of the Citadel? Well, he emailed us the photos today, and they are a hoot. He had us posing in pretty funny ways. All these photos were taken at the Citadel in Amman. We all had scarves with us, so the photographer (Nidal) tied them around our heads in Bedouin fashion. Some of the photos are pretty funny. No using them as blackmail in the future!... read more
Lori, Dominica and Susan
Osama explaining what we are seeing
With Jordan flag in the background

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 10th 2016

We enjoyed breakfast in the hotel this morning at 7:30 with our fellow travellers Meredith and Graham, then met Mohammed (not our trip leader Mohammed, but a different Mohammed, who is from the tour company we booked our day tour of Amman with). There was some confusion at the start as he didn't seem to know what our tour was supposed to include. We booked a day tour of Amman with a company called Green Olive Tours, who evidently subcontracted with a local company called Discover Jordan, and there was a lack of communication between the two companies, because what Mohammed described was not what we had booked. Mohammed was just a driver, not a guide, and our tour was supposed to include a guide. Susan got Mohammed to call his boss at Discover Jordan and ... read more
Lori inside the King Abdullah Mosque
Dome of the King Abdullah Mosque
Women's area

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 9th 2016

We were up bright and early as usual this morning, to be ready to leave the Novotel in Cairo at 6:15 am. The hotel provided breakfast boxes (we are starting to get used to breakfast boxes) since we were leaving too early to have breakfast at the hotel. This one was better than the previous ones, with a banana, mini croissants (the one with chocolate chips was really good), yogurt, two small buns, a good portion of sliced cheese, and jam and honey, with a bottle of water. We headed out to the airport in our mini van and I snacked on some of the breakfast box on the way. Amr came with us to the airport, and Ramadan (who picked us up from the airport in Cairo when we first arrived) escorted us into the ... read more
Amman airport
Our hotel
Fadia and Susan

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman January 3rd 2016

Geo: 30.5852, 36.2384Met the group last night. A nice mix of folks from everywhere from Tasmania to the U.S. Once again a well traveled group and all fairly young (compared to me:).Jordan is very interesting. A population of around 8 million plus about 5 million Palestinian refugees from the 1948 and 1967 wars and more recently about 2 million Syrian refugees. There is also a large Egyptian population, many have come because they can get jobs here. The refugees are a huge burden on the Jordanian economy although they get funding from the U.S., Israel, Britain and a few other countries. We have a packed itinerary today but return to Amman for one more night before heading south to Petra and then to the Red Sea. Hopefully the weather will improve so we can go snorkeling.Today ... read more
Main gate into Jerash
Hadrianic Arch - Main Gate to Jerash
Entry into Jerash

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman January 2nd 2016

Geo: 30.5852, 36.2384I arrived yesterday along with the bitter cold, wind and rain. I was lucky enough to get my room right away so I pretty much hibernated for the day. I realized I was exhausted so it was nice to have a break.Today, the 2nd, there is a group meeting at 6pm. The day is still cold but not as windy and rain is intermittent. I didn't venture very far but did head over to Rainbow Street which, during the day, is pretty dull. There are lots of restaurants but many only open for dinner. I assume this is because it is low season for tourism so that might play into it as well. The area is supposed to be a beehive of activity...oh, well. I grabbed a falafel sandwich and bought some snacks and ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 14th 2015

Over the last two days we continued our journey through the wonderful country of Jordan. Yesterday we visited Mt. Nebo, the traditional site from where Moses first gazed upon the Promised Land, and the city of Madaba. Madaba is most famous for the mosaic map of the Holy Land on the Byzantine Church of St. George. Today, we visited the ancient cities of Amman and Jerash; these sites mark the final two stops on this two month journey throughout Turkey, Greece and the Holy Land. I have done my best to capture some of the sights, sounds, feelings and spirituality of this journey of learning and pilgrimage. As I come to the end of this journey, I find myself short on words. Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of this experience with you. ... read more
Madaba Church of St. George
Madaba Mosaic Map
Moses' view of the Promised Land

Middle East » Jordan » North September 27th 2015

I haven't been introduced to my - what some people would call it career, I would personally call it a lifestyle - the traditional way. Usually people would finish their bachelor degree and begin their journey of finding the suitable job for them. I always wanted to be a doctor, I worked so hard to get myself into Med school, eventually I made a mistake selecting major priorities when I applied for university - I didn't know they select the 1st option you've typed in - So eventually I ended up studying Forensics, I did not hate it, I always fancied criminal labs and the work they do. It's just it wasn't what I wanted at that time. So a year and a half goes by, I still had hope I would change my major to ... read more

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