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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea May 25th 2012

I was to leave for the Dead Sea on an already paid tour in an hour and a half at 10am. Ammar seemed like he woke up at the same time, but Jad was nowhere to be found. “Are you ready?” Ammar asked politely as I rubbed my eyes and blinked wildly, again adjusting to the sun. I could only nod as I swung my feet in front of me and tried to stand up. Some night, so simple, so tiring. Ammar left me to the sitting room and called around the house for Jad. I got up and re-noticed the artwork I had seen the previous night, or that morning since I believe I went to sleep around 3:30-3:45. I walked up the 3 marble steps leaving the sitting room and turned the corner up ... read more
David and the Driver

Middle East » Jordan » West » Madaba » Sweimeh April 12th 2012

Staying in the largely Christian town of Madeba not too far from Amman. Spent a few hours this morning looking at the sights of the town. It’s known for the late Roman and Byzantine mosaics that have been found under houses here in the town centre. Some lovely mosaics, the most well-known is a map of the area in the main St George’s church which shows biblical places on either side of the Jordan river, including the city of Jerusalem. They think that the congregation would have stood around the mosaic while the pastor read biblical with the pictorial map to help them see where the stories happened. In the afternoon we took our hire car out for its first trip, to the Dead Sea. It was a steep descent, up here the land is quite ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » West » Madaba » Sweimeh January 11th 2012

Bad start to today with their being no hot water for a shower. The hotel said there were was hot water between 7-9 a.m. every day, but at 8.30 there was nothing. This was despite there being hardly anyone staying in the hotel. I mentioned it to the receptionist, but he didn't seem too interested. I was happy enough to be checking out of the Farah Hotel. We decided to go check out the Citadel in Amman before going to Madaba. It was much better than expected and it was good to be at one of the highest points of the city just before leaving to see all of the spots we had been in. The ruins were also pretty impressive. We then went and got our bus to Madaba, which took a lot longer than ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea January 10th 2012

The Hotel was so quiet that the tours they often run to the Dead Sea weren't happening due to lack of numbers. So we had decided we would take the bus to Bethany and the Dead Sea, even though it seemed that this would be very tough. When we went to get a taxi to the bus station, we managed to reach an agreement with the driver to take us to both places and back, while waiting for us at each for 30 JD. This saved us a lot of hassle and I'm not sure if we ultimately could have done all we did that day with just public transport. The first stop was Bethany, the place where it is claimed that Jesus was baptised by John. The site itself is not all that impressive and ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea October 10th 2011

Friday morning, my roommate and I decided to try to find Souk Jara, a local market held on Fridays in Amman where one of my Jordanian friends has her own business, “S'mores and More“. After inquiring at the front desk of the hostel, I found out it was on Rainbow Street, a very famous street in Amman located on Jebel Amman, one of the many mountains Amman is divided into geographically. Because of the immense early afternoon heat, we decided to take a taxi up and arrived at the souk just as it was starting to get busy. The souk is delightful, made up of many different little stands with people selling their goods, anything from jewelry to watches made from recyclable materials by women in Aqaba, and hand painted artwork. It is definitely an awesome ... read more
Souk Jara
The Dead Sea
Dead Sea

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea May 24th 2011

yesterday me and dad went to amman on a plane, first we flew to cairo and then on to amman (i decided not to write a blog that day as all we did was travel). today me and dad went to the dead sea and it was amazing, plus we met this really nice man called lev that came from north america, lived in egypt and had a russian name! lev traveled with us to the dead sea and came with us to the different locations in a cab that we had hired with a driver for the day (the drivers name was mahamid and was also quite nice) and we shared the cost. at the dead sea we went into salty water and floated really well infact you didn't even have to kick you just ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea May 20th 2011

Too long. Too long. Again. I've heard some complaints about neglecting my Travel Blog, people who don't have FaceBook accounts (you know who you are, all three people out there) not knowing what's going on with me or if I'm alive… So – before the Jordan II blog entry, let me give you a short update. I'm in Israel. I have a job. I am all back into the "I work 24/7" thing. As if I didn't know better… at the moment I live at the Carmel Market (a Hugh food and everything fake you can think of in central Tel Aviv). It deservers its own blog and I assure you - - - - it'll get one) I went to Jordan. It's my second trip to Jordan in 4 years. The last one was a ... read more
on the road

Middle East » Jordan » West April 22nd 2011

Dear friends, Today we will visit the World Heritage Site Petra in Jordanie. After our breakfast we left the harbour of Aqaba by bus for a two and a half hour drive to Petra. The trip to Petra was great. Beautiful nature and mountains. What a fantastic country is Jordanie!!!!!!! To learn more about Petra: read the story below - Thanks to Wikipedea. Petra (Greek "πέτρα" (petra), meaning rock; Arabic: البتراء, Al-Batrāʾ) is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that is famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourist attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among ... read more
Early morning Jordanie
Early morning Jordanie
Early morning Jordanie

Middle East » Jordan » West » Al Karak April 16th 2011

Jordan is truly the Promised Land when it comes to outdoor sports in some “virgin territories”. What might look as desert & arid scenery at the first sight is actually filled with hundreds of canyons, waterfalls and underground springs leading to the Dead Sea, possibilities are thus countless. On this sunny Friday, I settled for my first “off the beaten track” canyoneering experience in Jordan with nothing else than the Wadi Assal – nickname “the big one” although by then I didn’t know it yet. Leaving Amman & making our way to Wadi Assal Friday morning 6.20 am, Amman – the day starts with the usual nightmare whenever you need a cab on a Friday early morning. So somehow it was a warm up “trek”, heading on foot to the main streets & keeping my finger ... read more
Breathtaking rappelling down
That was my favorite one, quite a view!
Slide time

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea March 6th 2011

For all those unfamiliar with the Muslim religion and their countries, the call for prayers can be quite a shock. Although I was semi aware, the shock at around 5am on our first morning in Jordan was similar to someone coming into the room and pressing play to AC/DC at full volume right up to your ear. We hadn’t a clue what was going on. I’m not 100% sure what is said to call people to prayer but a quick google search tells me that it says, Allah is great, there is only one Allah and come to pray. We sprung up in the bed awoken by the ghostly sounds coming from the nearby Mosque. In fact, I reckon we could hear every Mosque in the town it was that loud. This continued for few minutes ... read more
Pope John Pauls Olive Tree
Site of Jesus Baptisim
Dead Sea

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