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Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba November 7th 2015

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Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra November 7th 2015

Geo: 30.1451, 35.3979Today, we checked off a long-time bucket list item and enjoyed one of our most anticipated days of the trip. We planned a shore excursion to see the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It seems like most of our fellow passengers were eager to go there, too, as there were twelve buses ready for us. Fortunately, they loaded the buses at about half capacity again so we had lots of room to spread out, and we did not have to keep up with a large group. There were only twenty passengers and one Seabourn crew member on our bus. Khalid led our tour showing us everything of interest on the two-hour drive to Petra, then guiding us through about half of the ancient city. We then had an hour and ... read more
Greeters in the Gulf of Aqaba
Eilat, Israel Borders Aqaba Making One Metro Area
Entry to the Site

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba November 3rd 2015

It’s quiet… Too quiet. Monday – Brought to you by DHL I GOT SOME SWEETIES TODAY. Namely from mi madre via the long awaited DHL parcel which was actually in Amman for about a week awaiting further address information… But it is here! Of course the parcel didn’t come all this way just to deliver some sugar snacks from Liverpool. I thought that a nice book would make me look more grown-up in front of my new work colleagues. The book is a fish identification book of over 1200 species of underwater life. The book is super interesting! Not only does it have the names of the fish but it has the habits of them, where to find them, average size, whether they are hazardous etc. From the photo you can see the extent of treats ... read more
One day I will see you Rhincodontidae... Hopefully soon
Dragon Moray... LOL wut?!
I swear that this guy is a Pokemon...

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba October 26th 2015

Unusual weather we're having, ain't it? - The Cowardly Lion, Wizard of Oz Monday – My ass hurts I was teaching Ahmed some Spanish in the dive centre today as it was just me and him there for an hour or two. Nothing too useful of course I taught him ‘Mi cago en la puta’ which directly translates to ‘I shit on a whore’ (I know it’s very vulgar), puta has also been known to describe a prostitute as well. I love teaching him words (mainly dirty ones)! Like the other day I was teaching him some English when we were at a dive site. We were both sitting down on a bench and I was pointing at things and saying what they were in English like tanks, regulators, water etc and he was telling me ... read more
I want to hold your hand
In the end I had to hold the both of them
Crunchy Nut + Semi-frozen milk = Frosties

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba October 19th 2015

Refrigeration is underrated Monday – ‘Idea’ Sgt Nicolas Angel, Hot Fuzz I’m going to be totally honest here and I might sound like a true crazy person but sometimes when I’m drinking water I just let some of it dribble down myself, I find it oddly satisfying. Obviously I don’t do it with other beverages as water evaporates (and quickly in Aqaba) so there is no mess. I don’t drench myself, I just do it a little bit. It’s cooling and soothing. As you can probably guess Monday was a quiet day. Nobody wanted to dive with us today so instead me and Belal also brainstormed ideas for the Dive Centre we came up with 30 in the end. Most of them are just minor things that we need like for example the light in the ... read more
... And it really reminded me of this kid on South Park
My fridge!
All that remains

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 » South » Petra October 12th 2015

Then the Lord said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will pass by. There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord—but the Lord was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake—but the Lord was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire—but the Lord was not in the fire; after the fire, a light silent sound(1 Kings 19:11-12). This is the passage that came to mind while sitting atop one of the highest points of the ancient city of Petra. Exhausted from the intense heat and long climb to this high place, where the ancient inhabitants of Petra came to meet their gods, I was confronted with a refreshing gentle breeze and reminded of Elijah's "light silent sound." Perhaps most ... read more
Petra from across the valley
Valley of the Crescent Moon
"Treasury" of Petra

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba October 12th 2015

Winter is coming Monday – They are coming I’ve been finding it difficult to write anything in regards to this day. I didn’t do a lot. There was no diving with any customers and I’m starting to miss the Finnish people and Angela because of it! So me and Belal went on a little adventure to the Falafel place. I’m not sure where it was exactly from the dive centre so Belal was my local guide. My mind was wandering by itself again though. This time it wasn’t comparing trees between the UK and Aqaba. I was wondering when people come and visit me. I already have a couple of people lined up who want to come and visit and I can’t wait! When they arrive I will take care of them. Mohamed’s brother who owns ... read more
The only clouds I have ever seen in Aqaba!
Chocolate after a 5 minute walk outside
Winter visibility!

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba October 4th 2015

(nearly) Naked diver week! Monday - F*cking flappy hands This morning I realised just how tall I actually am. I jumped in my shower and realised the shower head is very low. It shoots the water directly on my chest. I had the same probrem when I went to Thailand last year. The Thai people were all much smaller than me so the shower head was naturally in a lower position in every hotel/ hostel that I visited. But nevermind. This was a hell of a day. I did two dives with the Finnish group and we went to the Rainbow Reef and Cedar Pride. We mixed it up a bit and went on a deep dive first to around 24 metres. We saw a ray! I’m not sure what type of ray but it was ... read more
#nomakeupselfie
About to head under the pass in Cedar Pride!
The pass under Cedar Pride with the Finn's!

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea October 1st 2015

1er octobre 2015 - Jour 8 Nous avons un long trajet de 4h ce matin pour remonter ver le nord et rejoindre notre dernier arrêt, la Mer Morte. La route longe la frontière avec Israël qu'on peut apercevoir avec sa barrière de barbelés. De nombreux postes de contrôles militaires sont situés le long de cette route et nous arrêtent régulièrement pour contrôler nos passeports et le permis de notre chauffeur. Durant le trajet, Ehab nous remet à jour nos connaissances d'histoire biblique sur le parcours de Moïse et le baptême de Jésus dans le Jourdain. D'ailleurs ces événements sont également cités dans le Coran puisqu'ils sont tous deux considérés comme des Prophètes. Lorsque nous atteignons la Mer Morte, nous constatons à quel point le niveau de l'eau a baissé ces dernières années car on voit clairement ... read more
Niveau de la mer
Piscine de l'hôtel
Il fait chaud!




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