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Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

A marvel of Jordanian history. It had to be seen. I am happy I did not leave the Middle East without seeing this. I know it is touristy, but it still leaves you in awe, regardless if you are surrounded by tourists wearing the traditional bedouin headscarf and riding decorated camels. This archeological site surpasses all that and it is something that should not be missed when visiting Jordan.

Bedouin Camp Experience | Explore Jordan

Bedouin Camp Experience | Explore Jordan

While I was in Israel, I booked a tour with Abraham Tours, a tour group associated with Abraham Hostels which was where I was staying while in Jerusalem. I booked several tours through them and had a great experience on each of them. This one was the 2 day Petra Tour to Jordan. Crossing the border into Jordan wasn’t intense (the way back however…), one thing to note is that you should ask the guard to stamp a piece of…

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All Strangers Are Kin by Zora O’Neill | Book Chat

All Strangers Are Kin by Zora O’Neill | Book Chat

When I saw this book I immediately grabbed it. All it took were the words “Adventures in Arabic in the Arab World” and I was hooked. This was the book I have been waiting for ever since I took that life changing, amazing trip to the heart of the Middle East three years ago. A woman, travelling through Egypt, Morocco, The Gulf States, and Lebanon on her own and learning about the differences in culture and dialect throughout the Middle…

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Roman Ruins in Amman | Explore Jordan

Roman Ruins in Amman | Explore Jordan

After Jerash we headed off to Amman (عمّان) which is the capital city! In Amman there is another Roman/Greek site. Alexander the Great came through this area and had buildings constructed. The Romans followed a few years later and made it their own just like in Jerash. In Amman we went to the Citadel or Jabal al Qala’a which is one of Amman’s oldest sites dating back 7000 years. It is an open air museum that is also the first National Archaeological…

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Roman Ruins in the Middle East: Caesarea | Exploring Israel

Roman Ruins in the Middle East: Caesarea | Exploring Israel

                        Caesarea is name that very clearly comes from Roman origin. It is along the beautiful Mediterranean coast and is home to a plethora of ancient ruins from when the Romans established this port in about 25 BCE. After the Byzantine’s took over, this became the capital of the Palaestina Province.

The Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field, Bethlehem | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

The Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field, Bethlehem | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

                          While I am not a super religious person, I was raised Christian and I have always wanted to see the birthplace of Jesus: Bethlehem and the Church of Nativity. Away in a Manger is one of my favourite Christmas Songs and I loved this bible story as a child.   As part of the Operation Groundswell’s itinerary for this trip we were permitted one week of independent…

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The Sweetest Afternoon in Ramallah | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

The Sweetest Afternoon in Ramallah | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

I loved Ramallah. I did not get to spend much time there but I felt like this was a place I could see myself living. To me, it seems like a built up city, with more new and modern buildings then I had seen elsewhere in the West Bank and certainly in Jerusalem where most places are at least 200 years old. We spent the night in Ramallah and had a tour of the city the next day by a…

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Husan and Qusra | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

Husan and Qusra | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

  Somewhere in with all the sand and dry heat of the desert there are little villages with farms carved into mountains and olive trees as far as the eye can see. There are houses filled with families who are more than happy to welcome you into their home and give you one of the best meals you have ever tasted (and my dad is a really good cook). These places are beautiful and peaceful, the people go about their…

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A Day of Hiking Masada and Ein Gedi| Exploring Israel

A Day of Hiking Masada and Ein Gedi| Exploring Israel

          My alarm went off at 2:30 in the morning the first day of my independent travel week. I went to bed at 1, missing the last game of FIFA that night but I knew I should get some sleep as I was about to hike up a very high and sandy cliff (I like to call it a mountain) at 5 am. Did I mention I am not a hiker? Although I had four weeks…

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