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Apr 17, 2008 - Aqaba

Arrived in Aqaba, Jordan after a very long day. It was good to see the Gecko's people waiting there to greet us! There were also two other Peregrine/Gecko's groups on the ferry, so by the time we found everyone another hour had gone by. We cleared customs and were off to our hotel. Wow what a change, double bed, very clean and TV of course! As we had arrived so late, there was no time to look around Aqaba which was a little disappointing as it looked very nice. Aqaba is Jordan's only sea port and is also the holiday spot for most...

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Apr 14, 2008 - Historic Petra

Wadi Musa is basically a town which has sprung up to cater for all the tourists visiting Petra and is not much to write home about. However Petra is another story. Short history lesson - The Nabateans built Petra around about the time of christ - it was a massive city when the Nabateans used to toll the caravan routes - making them quite rich in the process. We set off to explore the site at 7am the next morning which was good as we avoided the hoards of group tours of tourists for the first couple of hours. We walked through the Siq canyon...

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Silk Road Adentures

Apr 13, 2008 - Meeting Lawrence at Wadi Rum

The final night in Egypt was spent at Nuweiba - at a hippy backpackery type place on a nice sandy beach. This was near the port where we were to take a ferry the next day to Jordan. The whole of the next day was spent mostly waiting to get on the ferry - the Egyptians have definately not heard of German efficiency. We got to the port at 8am and finally got to Jordan at 6pm - and the ferry journey itself only took 2hrs! At least they upgraded us to first class though. Due to the delays we had to spend the night in a dodgy hostel in Aqaba -...

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Silk Road Adentures

Apr 5, 2008 - Petra

Today was Petra day!! A reasonably early 8am start, we headed off to the ancient valley city. Adam started with a horse ride to the entrance - I walked beside him....he wasn't travelling that fast! There was an initial walk of about 1 kilometre from the entrance of the valley. Apparently it was part of an old trading route and there are hundreds of caves and other buildings cut into the rocks. Nobody is really sure what they were used for, so there is a lot of guess work - thoughts are the main ones were tombs. The 'Treasury' is the...

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Apr 4, 2008 - Wadi Rum

Well we spent our last couple of days in Egypt on Wednesday and Thursday. Headed out of Cairo on Wednesday morning for Mt Sinai - about a 7 hour bus ride. Small bickies compared to a 15 hour train ride! Arrived at our hostel at the base of the mountain and went and visited St Katherines Monestary - this monestary supposedly contains a decendent of the burning bush - you know the one in the tale about God talking to Moses through the burning bush???? Accommodation that night was very, very, well let's be kind and say 'basic'. Hostel style...

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Dec 25, 2007 - Petra

Dec 25. While it was warm in the sleeping bag, it was cold in that tent! We quickly dressed and went out into the sunlight to try and warm up. Breakfast was bleak (hard boiled eggs, pita bread, and processed cheese) and we were glad that we still had some mandarins so that there was something to eat with flavor. We left at 8 to catch the bus to Petra. Our first stop was at "little Petra" which had a few rock-cut facades of houses, and several empty water reservoirs. The inhabitants 2000 years ago, the Nabateans, were traders known for their...

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Dec 24, 2007 - Wadi Rum

Dec 24. We had some free time in the morning, so we went to the Aqaba museum and castle. The museum was small - it took about 20 minutes to see everything. A Canadian university had done a very good job creating the displays that described the relics from 2000 years ago, especially the tools used to manage water flow (pipes, valves, etc). The castle was intriguing. It was probably built in the early Islamic period and had many levels, stair cases, and alcoves. We stopped in the Noor al Hussein foundation (started by Queen Noor to help local...

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Dec 23, 2007 - Aquaba

Dec 23. This was the last day in Egypt; today we would take the ferry to Jordan. Unfortunately, it wasn't an efficient ferry - it was scheduled for 2 but would really leave sometime between 2 and 8. We had to spend 1.5 hours in the terminal, (spending the remaining Egyptian pounds on chips and water). Finally, the boat was ready for the two hour crossing. It was a very disorganized boarding process - Mego was experienced with this and had us wait to the very end so that our luggage was at the most accessible point (and then easy to pick up...

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Oct 12, 2007 - Petra !!!!!!

We woke up at, you guessed it, stupid o'clock. Checked out of the hotel at 4:30 am to catch our flight to Aqaba Jordan. From Aqaba the bus took us to Petra, a 1:15 drive. Our guide was useless and verbose...Luckily, it didn't really matter. Petra was carved out of the mountains on the Silk Road. You walk into Petra for 2 km down a canyone - The Siq. This canyon is very deep and at placed fairly narrow. The stone is red, and has beautiful striations. The most famous view is that of the treasury which is found at the bottom of The Siq. Beyond...

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Jun 10, 2007 - Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum 10 June, 2007 Lars and I took a taxi to Wadi Rum today. It is about an hour out of Aqaba. The taxi ride was $50US return with the taxi driver waiting for us! Wadi Rum is a fantastic desert landscape of huge cliffs and red sand and was made famous by the exploits of Lawrence of Arabia. The ideal way to see it is to do a 2 or 3 day camel trek, camping under the stars but unfortunately we were out of time so had to settle for a 4 hour jeep trip. We enjoyed the scenery but the jeep driver was 16 and had no English and no clue about...

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Jun 6, 2007 - Aqaba

Sailed into the Royal Yacht Club of Jordon at about 7:00am. Each new country we sail into requires quite a lot of fuss with clearing customs and immigration. Lars establishes radio contact first and the authorities let him know where to go to get clearance. Each country has been a little different. Quite often Lars has an agent to handle the formalities. That was especially true for Egyptand the Suez Canal. The day turned out to be extremely hot. 46 in the shade! Luckily the yacht club has a pool! Aqaba has a nice feel and is a lot less...

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