Blogs from Jordan, Middle East - page 110


Middle East » Jordan May 20th 2005

May 21st Arrived in Amman about 7PM local time. Le Royale Hotel-Amman is beautiful. First impression of Jordan was what warm and friendly people we encountered, first time in the Middle East, so really wasn't sure what to expect. Economic summit was going on so military people everywhere, but that was to be expected given these times. May 22nd Started out at about 10AM for the trip and headed to Bethamy/Baptism site. Drove up to the baptism site of Jesus in Bethany, we were met by the director of the site introduction/film of the site, then after that we were taken by the Supervisor of archeological works, for about a 3-4 hour tour of Elijahs Hill,The church where John Paul II visited in 2000, the baptism pools where people come from all over the world to ... read more
Petra Treasury
Baptism Spot

Middle East » Jordan May 17th 2005

HAy there. Still getting to grips with th system. Hears a Pic I hope of us at Petra. We walked all day and explored the many areas . Amasing Place... read more

Middle East » Jordan March 16th 2005

"Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession:" - Deuteronomy 32:49 And so we heeded the call of the Lord, followed in the footsteps of Moses and headed for Mt Nebo the first day our feet touched the soils of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Standing atop the mountain, we never quite figured out where Canaan actually was, but Moses (Mousa in the local lingua) had divine intervention and was probably more in touch with the local geography. ... read more
Moses Memorial Church on Mt Nebo
Cross-like bronze serpent
Bronze serpent behind the church

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman March 2nd 2005

"Yellow man" is (as described to me by an Israeli soldier guarding settlements in the Gaza strip) is a desultory term applied to those incapale of going beyond official doctrine and/or direct orders. He used the term in relation to paratrooper units (of the IDF), but I think Yellow Men lie at the root of the current problems in the region formerly known as Palestine. Since my last blog I've spent about 10 days in Eastern (now Jordan), and 3 weeks in Western Palestine. As the majority of the population of Jordan is comprised of refugees, I have had occassion to speak to many "Palestinians" who have never seen their homeland. They have been honest and kind to a fault -- even when they thought I was Israeli. I've spent time in Amman, the ancient capital ... read more
Falafel in Ramallah
The Day After in Hebron
Balata Camp in Nablus

Middle East » Jordan September 10th 2004

Wadi Rum, Jordan. Famous for the Arab Revolt, Lawrence of Arabia and all things Bedouin. As we walked though the wilderness, there was a perfect silence, a sense of timelessness until my mobile went off with a text from JordTelecom inviting me to phone friends and family back home for special rates in the evening. As we arrived back in the small village, there was a large gathering of arab guys shouting and waving their hands in the air. According to one of the "Bedu" a non local entrepreneur was trying to divert the tourists to his new visitors centre and screw the Bedouin out of a living, so they were there to make a demonstration. So much for avoiding "political gatherings". Petra: ancient city, built by the Nabataeans (who?), carved out of a narrow rock ... read more
Nabataean theatre
Another shot of the treasury
Nice Ass!

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum December 4th 2002

After two days in Petra it was time to head to Wadi Rum - there were four of us in the group - two other Australians and an intrepid Japanese traveller who had hiked from Nepal. After a 6am start we arrived in the small village of Rum, a small cluster of flat roofed building nestled in a valley where camels and four-wheel drive vehicles are the only form of transport. There we met our host, Zedane, who boasted to us that he had 28 brothers and sisters and that when there is a family gathering for a meal that "three sheep is not enough!" We then headed out in our beaten four-wheel drive with our driver called Ali, whose driving prowess across the dunes was most impressive. We left Rum is a cloud of dusk, ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra December 3rd 2002

Petra - the mere names conjures thoughts of an ancient city carved out of the ochre cliffs in a hidden valley. It also conjures images of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and that terrific scene as they ride though the Siq and behold the imposing Treasury edifice. For all that I had read and heard about Petra, I really wasn't quite prepared for the magnificence of the place. The monuments carved into the mountains were only a small part of its beauty. The rest came through the striated colours of rock that surrounded you on every side, the differing colours of the sand, and the ever persistent Bedouin, who relentlessly tried to sell you souvenirs, and donkey or camel rides. On the first day, I walked through the Siq, a 1.2 kilometre long chasm which ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 9th 2002

We only had a brief time in Jordan, but its been great, mostly. We are currently in Amman and are off to Damascus tomorrow afternoon. The boat across from Nuweiba, Egypt to Aqaba, Jordan was fine, it was a nice, newish catamaran. The trip was so smooth, you hardly felt like you were moving at all. Passport control at aqaba was strange, our passports were collected from us as we got off the boat, then we were bussed to the arrivals hall and had to wait for our names to be called out so we could collect our passports with the visas stamped in them. We had to wait until the end while all the easier Arabic names were called first. We caught a taxi to Wadi Musa (Petra) that evening with a Canadian couple. The ... read more
Obelisk Tomb
The Treasury
Royal Tombs

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman December 20th 2001

i had travelled to sri lanka via jordan departing from london, with my parents and older brother, went with the national airline, royal jordanian airlines which i thought gave a reasonable service. landed in Amman and were transported to our hotel on the edge of the city. jordan is very much dry grass land country, and amazing sites. for example we had 2 days there and we went to Petra in the south were the ancient statues and caves are. is was very much a memorable place and if anyone gets the chance to stop off in jordan, i wuold recommend it. ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra July 19th 2001

The next day we went to Petra again, but this time to look at all of the lost city. It was so amazing. The colours of the rocks there were something I had never seen before. It took us a while to get to the entrance way this time, as it was really hot, even though it was morning. By the end of the day, I couldn't be bothered walking back through the siq, so I rode a horse. On the way back, I stopped in a little rest stop, and got talking to a nice Jordanian man. I was so tired that I just went back to the hotel and slept. Later that night I met up with Charlotte and Gaz up on the roof top of Rabee's hotel, smoked a few sheesha's, and had ... read more
Donkey At Petra

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