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Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman December 15th 2013

Hello and good health to all you fellow travellers! Well, this trip is just full of surprises! From hail falling on our heads in Aqaba to freezing our small butts off in the desert and now I find myself slogging through snow in Amman. This morning started with us making our way to the JETT Bus Station where we find out that the roads to Amman was still closed due to the snow but they thought that it might be possible to leave later though. The nice guy behind the counter put us on a list and told us to return one and a half hour later to see if it was possible to make the trip today. We used the time to go and get some breakfast. On our way back from breakfast the pushy ... read more
Al-Husseini Grand Mosque
Souk in Al-Balad
Roman Theatre

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum December 14th 2013

Hello my fellow travellers! Today's great desert adventure is done and let me tell you, it was good! The cold front still holds its icy grip here though so I can promise you that it was very cold riding on top of a jeep, even when driving through the canyons at a leisure pace! Anyway, we started this day by trying out the breakfast buffet at the hotel, it didn't really float mine nor Marcus boat so to say but did it's job anyway. Then we went to the bus station to catch the bus to Wadi Rum. We had checked the day before and we also confirmed at the station house that the bus would go. When we got there a cab driver told us it wasn't coming though since it was a holiday and ... read more
Jumping Sand Dunes
Wadi Rum
Our Guide & Ride

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba December 13th 2013

Hello fellow travellers! After our booze bonanza yesterday we unfortunately woke up way past breakfast and therefore we missed our Saudi Arabian friend from yesterday. Instead we chose the not so glamorous option to eat at McDonald's. At least it did its job and got us back on our feet which in all honesty was quite shaky after a long day of travelling topped with a generous amount alcohol. With some food in our belly we then set out to explore Aqaba. I'm going to be honest and say that there isn't that much to see here but we started with the Aqaba Archaeological Museum. It's a quite small museum and it doesn't house to many objects but the entry fee was only 1 JD so of course it was worth it. The museum is actually ... read more
Al-Sharif Al-Hussein Bin Ali Mosque
Aqaba Archaeological Museum
Old Islamic Ayla

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba December 12th 2013

Hello my fellow happy travellers! Our first day in Aqaba is at an end. It's mostly been travelling today as we arrived at our hotel at around 17.00. We started early at 05.30 today and the trip has gone well except for a tedious controller at the airport in Aqaba who seemed adamant at holding up the line for as long as possible. Oh well, once we got through the control we took the bus into Aqaba where they dropped us at our hotel, Mina. The second we got off the bus we were hailed by taxi-driver with an attitude who wanted to drive us to the various sights around Jordan. We declined as politely as we could since, at the moment, we mostly just wanted to get settled in and take a quick look around ... read more
Us and Bader
View From Our Room
Camel Rider

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman November 29th 2013

Salam aley kom!! Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the official name of Israel's eastern neighbour country. In 1994 both countries signed a peace-treaty, therefore it's possible for people to cross the border from one of the three crossing points. Jordan uses the Jordanian Dinar as its currency, which has almost the same value as the Euro (1 JD = EUR 1,03 these days). The head of state is King Abdullah II. From Nazareth I took a bus towards the bordercrossing called "Sheikh Hussein". Nobody told me we'd change buses at the border. I left my big backpack on the bus when we got off in front of the Jordanian migration building and then I needed to go through a security check in another building. When I finished I couldn't find the bus! I got a bit ... read more
Red Sea, south of Aqaba; chilling on the beach (Egypt on the other side)
Wadi Rum desert during sunset
Amman; the Citadel and its Temple of Hercules

Middle East » Jordan November 20th 2013

"Ahlan wa sahlan!" ("Welcome to Jordan!")...the land of the nomadic Bedouins, ancient Roman cities, vast deserts, stunning canyons, eco-natural reserves, stable & hospitable Arabian society and one of the new 7 wonders of the world are all good reasons why I wanted to go and visit this Middle East kingdom of 6.5 million people. Jordan has been a territory that was settled in by many different local tribes and part of different kingdoms since all the way back in 4000 BC. From the Semitic Canaanite speaking kingdoms of Edoms, Israel and Amalekites to the ruling empires of Akkadians, Egyptians, Neo-Assyria, Neo-Babylonian, Greeks, Nabateans and Romans, Jordan is the central land bridge between Africa and Asia and a key caravan route for crossing the deserts from Arabia to the Euphrates. Shipments of African gold and South Arabian ... read more
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Lawerence's Spring seen from afar
View of Wadi Rum desert from Lawerence's Spring

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra October 25th 2013

Sat in the harem of Nabil in a rectangular room of cushions and a central dancing pole, everyone chanted in near harmony those words, all the while wondering if this serenade had actually worked on a local Jordanian as a pick up line. Nabil’s hotel in Dana, our next destination, offers not only match making services but is an adventure travelers agency for tours into the dry mountainous valleys south of the Dead Sea. Sadly after one night we departed the Dead Sea Spa Resort, the swanky rooms, muddy therapeutic shores and smoke filled foyer, cramming our refreshed bodies into the minibus with bottles of water and backpacks at our knees. Goodbye to the non Western women clad in burkas wearing full-body-lycra aquatic clothing, goodbye to the lifeguards that have never seen a competent swimmer from ... read more
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sunset at Dana

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman October 22nd 2013

Today, it was the last day in Jordan, and we had one place of interest left; Amman. Amman is a hectic city, but it’s great to do the Downtown route from the Lonely Planet Guides; this route brings you from the epic city centre, to the gold souks and the (vegetable) market, it leads you to a great place where you can watch over the city (Citadel Hill), and it’s ends at the Roman heart of the city. This route is around 3 hours, and I really should recommend doing this route. But first, we were still in our Aquavista hotel in Aqaba. We had to stand up quite early, because we had to drive to Amman. This ride shall take us over the Desert Highway and least about 4 hours. If we are lucky, we ... read more
Hashem Restaurant
Clothing Souk
The Clothing Souk

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba October 21st 2013

There was one nature treasure left that we had to visit before leaving Jordan; the coral riffs of the Red See. Aqaba is a perfect place to dive, snorkel or for a glass-boat excursion; the reefs are quite close by the beaches. Another plus punt is that Aqaba is still an overshadowed city, in comparing with Eilat in Israel or Sharm al Sheik in Egypt. However, I think it’s a great plus, Aqaba is not touristic, and it still kept his own signature. This makes Aqaba a perfect end of our trip. In the last past centuries, Aqaba had invested quite in its city; for example the many facility’s and the infrastructure. Aqaba was first a small, harbour village. It growth after a deal with Saudi Arabia, where Jordan, for exchange of desert, gained extra kilometres ... read more
Snorkeling
Our Boat
The Beach in front of the Berenice Beach Club.

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba October 20th 2013

This day would be the day that we meet two opposites; desert vs. sea. We leave the Wadi Rum and we’re heading to Aqaba, a small harbor city by the Red Sea. It was all possible; From camel riding to snorkeling, from hiking in the desert to find the best places in town. Where the Wadi Rum is quite silence, we were dropped in a living city. However, I agree that Aqaba is much easier going than the other city’s that we came across, like Madaba and the Capital city of Amman. But first, we were awaken by the sunlight after our second night in the Bedouin camp. After I wake up, I packed my bag. Hereafter, it was time for a short shower with the cold water from the water tank. In mean time the ... read more
Camels
Camel riding
Camel Riding




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