wadi rum, Panoramic

Awesome Jordan - till we meet again

I think Jordan is a great country (coming from Doha and UAE)!!! And I must admit that my experience in Jordan was beautifully enhanced by Hani and Jabreel's assistance.

We covered Mt Nebo, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Dead sea, Jerash. We did not rush our tour but everything was just timely. So at the end of the tour we were not too exhausted as we always had enough rest time during the night.

Petra

The Candle hotel at Petra was good! The rooftop restaurant was awesome. After dinner indoors we spent the night chatting outdoor at the rooftop overlooking Petra (very dark though) and the fully lighted town chatting, laughing and drinking tea. We enjoyed the night and the chilly but bearable breeze. This is a great hotel. Cosy and quaint. Petra itself is breath taking. I didn’t go up neither the sacrificial place (350 steps) nor the monastery (850 steps). But the long journey of more than 2km under the morning and afternoon sun admiring the works of the magnificent Napoteans is breath taking. Its simply amazing. I asked a question to Jabreel our guide – given today’s technologies, brains, and nerds are we able to re-create everything we see inside Petra? The answer was a flat No (together with a smirk of this girl must be thick!). After the walk, a Turkish bath is pretty justified.

Camel at Petra Treasury

camel petra treasury

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Petra Treasury

Petra Treasury

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Wadi Rum

The jeep ride is a must. We saw how God sculptured the many colours of the stones and rocks with the golden sands at our feet. It is worthy of many panoramic photos.

The tent in Wadi Rum was great! there was only 4 tents for us 8 and another bigger tent for the guides etc. It first looks abit scary in the sense you are from a city going to a dessert with the barest necessity only. We passed some areas with many tents and heavily lighted up and initially thought why aren't we there. But as we settled in our own tents and it darkens after sunset (Amazing!!) we were truly brought back to the Bedouin's lifestyle in the dessert. Since our tents were quite a distant from the commercialised tents we were accompanied by complete silence and darkness as our tents had minimal lights which you don’t experience in the city. After dinner, you lay on the cushion and stare up in the sky you notice how the black canvas of night sky beautifully decorated with stars bright and dim. I laid there immersed into the silence (minus the laughter and chatting of the group which somehow fades into the background) of the dessert and the twinkling stars I felt so calm and at peace breathing in the crisp warm air of the dessert night. Now…THAT experience is something money cannot buy!! It makes you reflect on how simple life can be. How we are always in a rat race forgetting how (as cliché as it sounds) the best things in life are free. Look at the Bedouins. Simple and happy! I will want to come back to Wadi Rum for say 2-3 nights galloping on horses around the dessert. It would be awesome!

Wadi rum - Abu Yosef, Bedouin camp.

wadi rum Bedouin camp

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Wadi Rum Panoramic 

wadi rum Panoramic

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Dead Sea

This will also be my return destination. Floating on the sea makes you think how creative God is. Words cannot describe how the Mighty can create everything with so much details and depth. I swam to the furthest the hotel boundary has given and stayed floated admiring Kempinski Hotel (from afar) on my left and Israel on my right. Again the silence brings you peace. It is just full of admiration for God’s work on dead sea. The Winter Valley Warwick hotel is good enough for me. From a tent to a 4 star hotel is a major bonus. It has its private beach as well. You just need to start digging the mud and smear it all over your body. It was pretty cool and fun. However please do not have the water in your eye!! If you do, you need bottled water to wash it off.

Warwick dead sea beach

warwick dead sea beach

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Amman

Jerash was all right. If you have been to Athens, Greece or Rome, Italy you may not be too in awe of it. However the history narrated by Jabreel keeps the interest going. So it’s a win-win. I had an additional day in Amman on my own and I ventured into the old town where the Roman Amphitheatre is. Roamed around the town and had some back lane food. Had Gallaya and Laban Bekhyar together with the yummilicious tea with mint and sugar. For a person who does not fancy sweet stuff, the tea succeeded in convincing me to have numerous cups of it. It helped that I could add the sugar according to my tolerance. Some places would have just added it into their teapot which may be diabetes causing. Just saying.

Jerash columns 

Jerash columns

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Jerash amphitheatre panoramic

jerash amphitheatre panoramic

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Amman - Down Town

Amman down town

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Larsa hotel room

warwick dead sea room

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My experience of Jordan has been great. Thank you Hani and Jabreel for making it such. I left Jordan with a heavy heart as I travelled back to Doha.

BY PEI TEE