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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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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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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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Floating in the Dead Sea, Swimming in the Red and Bouncing Through the Negev| Exploring Israel

Floating in the Dead Sea, Swimming in the Red and Bouncing Through the Negev| Exploring Israel

I decided to change up my usual style of posts. When I travel I like to keep a journal so I can write down memories, names, places, emotions and anything else I want to document. I decided that since blogging is sort of like writing a journal, except you publish it for everyone to read, I should combine the two and see what happens.     Keep in mind that I have changed somethings for the sake of flow because…

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Three Histories, Three Religions, One Shared City: Western Wall, Dome of the Rock and The Church of the Holy Sepulchre | Exploring Jerusalem

Three Histories, Three Religions, One Shared City: Western Wall, Dome of the Rock and The Church of the Holy Sepulchre | Exploring Jerusalem

One of the great things about Jerusalem’s Old City is that there is so much you can learn by just spending a few hours behind those old stone walls. It is truly an amazing feeling to know that you stand where millions of other have stood before you through different periods of time. Some who hold witness to events you can only read about in some of the oldest books (Torah, Bible, Qur’an).

A Wall of Colours: Old City Light Show | Exploring Jerusalem

A Wall of Colours: Old City Light Show | Exploring Jerusalem

                    On our last Thursday in Jerusalem before we all headed off on our own for a week, the group of us headed into the Old City at night for a Light Show. I believe it was the last one of the season and boy was it crowded! I was starting to feel slightly claustrophobic (and I only get that way in extremely tight situations). While I enjoyed the show immensely,…

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Walking Through History: Exploring the Old City in Jerusalem

Walking Through History: Exploring the Old City in Jerusalem

Damascus Gate (and a bug that landed on my camera) I love the Old City! It is one of my favorite places I have ever been to. I love the history of it and I think it is amazing how old the walls and buildings are. The Old City is divided into four quarters: Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian Christian. This place is filled with so many stories and people and has been home to Muslims, Jews and Christians for…

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A Place of Food: Israel and Palestine| Explore Israel and Palestine

A Place of Food: Israel and Palestine| Explore Israel and Palestine

                    Food is a wonderful thing, and Middle Eastern food is delicious. While the following pictures are of dishes you can find almost anywhere, I can attest to the fact that being in the Middle East and seeing and smelling these foods everyday made them taste so much better than they do at home.