Welcome to the March/April issue of our newsletter featuring Jordan! Please join us as we explore the wonders that Jordan has to offer. As always, your feedback is welcome.
Dan Parlow and the MyTripJournal team
STORY: 'The Salty Dead Sea and Awe Inspiring Petra'
By Patrick and Andrea Conway
Magic Mud - The Dead Sea
(courtesy Patrick and Andrea Conway)
From Amman our bus took to the King's Highway in the direction of Petra, first travelling through the fertile Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea. I was pretty excited about visiting the Dead Sea - at an elevation of 400m below sea level; this is the lowest place on earth!
The easiest way to visit the Dead Sea in Jordan is through one of the swish hotels that line the shore. These each have a piece of beach front so you can have a float, and most sell a day pass that gives you access to their regular pools so you can have a bit of a proper swim after you just can't take any more salt. And boy is it ever salty!! Normal sea water has about 3-4 percent salt, but the Dead Sea is about 30 percent salt, so you really don't want to end up with a mouthful of this stuff. In fact, our guide (a Canadian who picked up our tour in Amman) stood on the shore with a bottle of clean water so he could rinse out the eyes of those unlucky types who got the salt water on their face. There's so much salt in this water that it cakes the shore like little snowdrifts!
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PHOTO: 'The Treasury'
By Danielle Dreis
Petra absolutely amazed me. You walk down a narrow winding valley to enter into Petra. You are surrounded by sandstone walls that reach towards the sky, letting in only a touch of sunlight. You continue down the gorge you start to see little shapes in the rocks...they are only the appetizers. You start to see doors, stairs, and what appear to be statues...but you're not quite there yet. As you near the end of the tunnel, it slowly reveals itself...the ancient city of Petra opens up in front of you.
Petra took my breath away. It is amazing to me that such a place exists on earth. It is amazing to get this glimpse into the past...can you believe people lived here? Can you believe they were able to carve such an amazing city out of rock? Can you believe they did this without modern tools? The power of people continues to amaze me!
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The Champagne Backpacker
A two year around the world trip. From Istanbul, Turkey to the Galapagos Islands. He traveled to all seven continents and 35 countries.
Favourites from Around the World:
Best Coffee: Ethiopia--the best and cheapest coffee in the world
Best Tea (Chai): Turkey--tea served in tulip glasses everywhere
Best Backpackers' Hangout: Dahab, Egypt--Cheap food, beer, accommodations; Great weather, restaurants, diving, bars.
Best Food: Bangkok, Thailand--Hands down this city has the best world-class cuisine at very reasonable, if not downright cheap prices. There is almost too much choice of food in Bangkok. Plus, there is little or no tipping.
Best Desert Experience: Camel Trekking In Wadi Rum, Jordan--following in the camel steps of Lawrence of Arabia
Best Overall Shopping: Rome, Italy--The Italians simply know how to make quality products
Best Hostel: The Backpack, Cape Town, South Africa--If only every hostel were like this one--Clean, reasonable, efficient, friendly, secure, excellent food, beer, widescreen plasma TV, tour desk, great view of Table Mountain
Best Relaxing Afternoon: Inner tube riding, Vang Vieng, Laos
Best Archaeological Site: Tie--Easter Island, Chile, and Ephesus, Turkey
Best Mountain Bike Ride: The World's Most Dangerous Road, Bolivia
Best Bird and Sea Life Viewing: The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador