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Dec 26, 2008 - Wadi Rum

Depart from Petra Palace hotel at midday, skip on the takeaway chicken kebab lunch boxes that Jamelia arranged, had plenty of snacks for the trip down to Wadi Rum. Winding our way around the mountains around Wadi Musa, affording great views out into the Jordan valley, trying to stay awake for the views but nodding off half asleep after early rise this morning. Get to the 4WD station arund 130pm and before climbing in to one to take us to Wadi Rum, seperated my day pack from my bigger back pack, just wear the same clothes for only one night...

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Nov 17, 2008 - Wadi Rum

we had some free time this morning after waking up to walk around aquaba a bit. right away you can see a huge difference between jordan and egypt. the infrastructure is so much more advanced, the streets are clean, the buildings look to be well constructed and modern, no pollution -- it's amazing to see how different these 2 countries are. we set off for wadi rum which is an area of the desert populated by bedouin tribes with a beautiful landscape (half desert and dry lake beds and half mountain and cool rock formations). we arrived at our...

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Nov 16, 2008 - Aquaba

we went snorkling this morning before we had to check out of our awesome hotel and leave egypt. the red sea is suppose to be fabulous for snorkling. the waves were huge though and it was a very scary and bumpy ride out to the spot, but the coral were beautiful and the fish were really cool. our only complaint were the jellyfish. they're not the kind that leave long-lasting stings, but the stings still did hurt really bad!!! and sometimes you'd run into a colony of little ones...it was baaaaad - i guess in the states, they would never allow...

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Sep 30, 2008 - Petra

This morning we drove to the city near Petra (Wadi Masa). It is not as hot here and is very pleasant. There are even some clouds in the sky. It seems like I haven't seen any clouds in a long time. We have a free day today so Amanda and I walked around town, did some shopping and had dinner in a very good Arab restaurant. Tomorrow we see Petra. Oct. 1 Petra is the most famous attraction in Jordan. It means "stone" in Greek, an apt title as most of the buildings have been carved by hand from the sandstone of a deep canyon on the edge of the...

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Sep 29, 2008 - Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is a vast landscape of ancient dry riverbeds. It is the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. Wadi Rum has been inhabited for generations and is now the home of several Bedouin tribes in scattered nomadic camps throughout the area. It looks in places like the surface of another planet which is possible why the Bedouin call in the Valley of the Moon. We took a bus to one of the Bedouin camps and then took a four hour jeep right out into the desert. This area reminds me of Southern Utah. There are even arches...

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Sep 28, 2008 - Aquaba

This morning we took the ferry to Aquaba, Jordan. Customs asked who was the Columbian and they searched through Maria's things. Maria says this happens to her all the time because she is from Columbia. Jordan's time is one hour ahead of Egypt. Jordan is ten hours ahead of Portland. Aquaba means obstacle because of the mountains surrounding it. This is where King Solomon lived in biblical times and where the Queen of Sheba visited his court. Aquaba is an ancient settlement dating back to 4000 b.c. I had a happy meal for lunch today at the...

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Aug 12, 2008 - Petra

Petra--- There is a reason its considered one of the seven wonders of the world! Petra is amazing, one of the most photographed places.Today we had a great lesson in Nabatean History, Roman History, Arab History. Today our Guide Haleeb, made up a few points for his downsides...he is a wonderful historian. We started early about 8am we were in the Petra entry area with tickets in hand. It like a huge National Park. Once we got in, there where donkey vendors, horse vendors, and these beatiful british cariages...Watson and Pauline took a...

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Aug 11, 2008 - Wadi Rum

This morning we got a more proper introduction to our new Guide...He's no SAAD. He's kind of a cross between John Belushi (appearance and demeaner) with the humor of Borat...Im not sure i like him much.. After his explanation of Aquaba, its rich history and the fact that he himself lived in a palestine refugee camp as a child here in Jordan....we'll i guess people just act different in the islam world. As we drove out of Aquaba, we could actually see israel and Saudi Arabia...Amazing how close we are. This whole region is considered the...

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Aug 10, 2008 - Aquaba

WE arrived in AQuaba at 3am instead of 3pm yesterday. The Egyptian Sea Port Ferry Sucks!!! WE waited 12 hrs.... captive...since they stamped our Passports we technically had exited their Egypt and was not allowed to leave. The Sea Port Police segregated us in the waiting areas, moving all foreigners in one area..it felt like a cage. It was the worst uncertain part of our trip. Our boat did not come on time, that was not so bad, they cramed us on a shuttle bus ..literally crammed us in over 100 degree weather..I thought I was going to pass...

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May 31, 2008 - Neot Semadar

The first entry for the travel log documenting the Franzblau's epic journey through the desert. I've been dispatched first to get the lay of the land and set the groundwork for Jesse and Sean. My mission is well underway and while the plan has already changed dramatically the overall idea remains. My trip started with a bang in Tel-Aviv where I met my English mate Richard, who directed me to where I am now deep in the Negev desert. I've been here in Israel for a week already but have been too busy busting my butt on Kibbutz Neot Semadar to...

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Apr 19, 2008 - Petra

We arrived in Petra around 18.30hrs after our drive from Aqaba via Wadi Rum. The Hotel was excellent and Fran & Grant were offered a room with a double bed as opposed to two single beds, so we jumped at the opportunity. After a good nights sleep we were off to Petra. Fran & Grant took the option of riding a horse down to the entrance, it was the 1st time either of us had been on a horse. You enter Petra through the "Siq" a narrow passage through the rocks which was formed as the result of an earthquake. After walking down a slight incline...

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Apr 18, 2008 - Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is a desert valley surrounded by amazing mountains and rocky outcrops. It contains the "seven pillars of wisdom" which were written about by Lawrence of Arabia who is well known in these parts. Wadi Rum was used by the Camel Caravans that used to go through this area in ancient times. After a bite to eat for lunch, we jumped into some very old 4 wheel drives for a bit of dune driving. The local bedouin driver looked about 15yrs old. His skills were tested after about 50 metres when the vehicle broke down, after fiddling under the...

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