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Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra March 2nd 2016

Amman From the minute we stepped off the plane and entered the airport in Amman, the vibe was good. We had a feeling that we were going to like Jordan. Amman is a big, clean, modern, progressive city, renowned in this part of the world for its universities and medical care. After the less than clean environs of Egypt, this was a most welcome change. Thanks to great planning by Brendan, we moved very quickly through immigration and sailed through customs. The two year-old airport had a Starbucks…..detour!! About thirty minutes later, we arrived at our hotel, which is named the “Toledo Hotel.” Ironic in that is the name of Dave’s hometown and not the most common city name around. We spent our first and last nights here, ensconced near the downtown area of the capital. ... read more
The Chef and MJ
The Monastery
Jordanian Lentil soup

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra February 27th 2016

Our flight from Luxor to Cairo was delayed 2 hours, giving us time to work on blogs and people watch. The connection time in Cairo was a long one, so I was relaxed knowing that gazelle-like running was probably not going to be required. Everything went according to plan and we had nice flights into Amman. We were met at the airport by a representative from our tour company, Jordan Select Tours, who took care of our visas, bypassed the long lines, and somehow got us out of baggage claim without having to go through the screening. Not ones to complain, we happily followed him to Starbucks to meet and greet, pay for our tour and get the low down on what we were going to do. I was very impressed with the Queen Alia Airport. ... read more
Light and Shadow
The Petra Kitchen
Carved out of the rock

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba January 16th 2016

Ketchup Blog Part I Yeah so the blog... I feel bad that I haven’t written a single one for over a month and I seriously doubt that I could even remember one day in full detail. But like someone who just woken up from a coma and can’t remember who they are, I decided to look through photos on my phone to see what has happened the last few weeks of 2015 and the first few of 2016. Oh yeah happy new year! I do hope you spent it with loved ones. I did! I actually spooned my father to keep warm in a very cold desert… But more on that later. One last thing before I begin I kind of didn't have any photos to include on this blog so instead I have added photos ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum January 7th 2016

Geo: 30.5852, 36.2384Today we headed into the desert for a night in a desert camp. This is a camp styled after a bedoiun camp. We were the only ones there which was nice. After lunch we did a 3 hour ride through the desert in the backs of pick up trucks outfitted with benches on either side of the truck bed. It was super fun going up, over and down the sand dunes. One truck got a flat tire so we had to wait for a replacement vehicle. What do you do in the desert with time on your hands? Make a human pyramid!!On our way again to two natural bridges hewn by nature. It was so like being in Utah and very fun to see the reactions of folks who have never seen anything like ... read more
Our desert camp
This is where dinner will be cooked
Our camp is surrounded by these rocks

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra January 5th 2016

Geo: 30.1451, 35.3979Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985 and, in 2007, was named one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. It is not known exactly when Petra was built, but the city began to prosper as the capital of the Nabatean Empire from the 1st Century BC. It was later annexed to the Roman Empire and continued to thrive until earthquakes and changes in trade routes eventually led to the downfall of the city which was ultimately abandoned. By the middle of the 7th century Petra was largely deserted and it was lost to all but local Bedouins from the area. The Nabateans carved these tombs and what is called the Treasury in the beautiful sandstone rock. Entering via the Siq, which is a narrow rock valley, is reminiscent of ... read more
First view of the Treasury
The Treasury

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra January 2nd 2016

Here I am in Dubai planing my next holiday. It was time to escape the desert heat and to put myself in a adventurous shoes once again. This time, Jordan. I was so excited for the trip because this destination was on my bucket list for quite long. When I first visited Jordan, I assumed that Petra was the only thing to see and the rest of the country will be mostly desert and not much to see around. It didn't take long to realize just how wrong I was. Jordan is an incredible country, boasting a seaside resort in the South, ancient history in Petra, alien landscapes in Wadi Rum and many more. After a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast my friend Aziz walked me to the bus station to catch the first ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba December 18th 2015

December 3-6th 2015 4 days at Sea for the long journey from Aquaba to Salalah Oman. Sailing the red Sea with an East south route now passing the proximity to Sharm el Shekh, we will transit off the shores between Egypt and Sudan. We are in waters at risk of piracy. Special crews are aboard ( Black Pearl defense) with experience in these matters. Now sailing between Africa and the Arabic peninsula in the open sea of Sudan and Eritrea. Now connecting with the Mediterranean sea on the gulf of Aquaba to the Indian ocean. Heading South East to sail across the strait of Bab el man eb entering the Indian ocean at its narrowest point (30) km separating Yemen from Gibuti. The Island of Perim divides the canal in 2 parts Bb Iskander and Daggart ... read more
The main trail
Royal tomb

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba December 16th 2015

I MADE AN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT BECAUSE I LOVE MARK ZUCKERBERG Monday – Hot water! Just before I start the blog this week I must be honest. Writing the blog is really starting to drain me. Writing it all then putting it on with photos and everything else etc really is taking up so much time and it’s making me lose motivation doing it and other things in the centre. So I have decided that instead of writing every single day I have just included the highlights and not include the days were pretty much nothing happened worth mentioning. As always Happy Reading. I had a day off today and instead of pissing about I decided to do something. I had a list of things planned to do today and I accomplished them all! Sort of. ... read more
Water explosion!
Bags on doors
Ahmed loving his new wetsuit

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra December 13th 2015

We drove to Wadi Musa, the town outside of Petra, after leaving Wadi Rum taking the Kings Highway. The Kings Highway was built over the ancient Nabataean trade route that connected Egypt with Damascus, Syria and the Euphrates River in Iraq. It has been used by the Romans for military conquests, for the medieval crusaders , and for Christian pilgrims still to this day. There are several desert crusader castles that dot the winding route through the Jordanian desert that we planned on visiting during our trip north. After checking into our hotel, the Al Rashid ($50), we decided to check out some of the local sites around Petra. Wadi Musa "Valley of Moses" is the biblical site where it is said that Moses struck water from a rock for his followers and now is a ... read more
Attack of the cats
Typical Petra stairways

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum December 12th 2015

We began our day driving north from Aqaba to the Wadi Rum desert in southern Jordan. Wadi Rum is one of the most famous deserts in the world, and has been said to have the most extraordinary desert scenery you'll ever see. It has been crisscrossed for centuries by traders and pilgrims coming from neighboring Saudi Arabia and Israel and has been home to the Bedouin people until this day. The Bedouin are a nomadic people than inhabit most of the Middle East. They spend their lives grazing their goats, sheep and camels throughout the desert moving places periodically depending on the seasons. The Bedouin are renowned for their hospitality, and live by the ethos that today you are a host but tomorrow you may be a guest so no traveler is turned away and you ... read more

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