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May 14, 2013 - Aqaba, Jordan

5/14 Our next port was Aqaba, Jordan. Not much to see in Aqaba, but we had arranged a tour through Petra Night Tours to see Petra. It was a two-hour bus trip from Aqaba to Petra. Along the way we saw numerous Bedouin tent camps. The Bedouins are desert dwellers who have roomed the Middle East since the seventh century. They prefer the nomadic life but stay in an area long enough to grow gardens and harvest their food. Similar to our snowbirds. When we arrived in Petra we hopped on a two-person (plus driver), horse drawn cart and literally...

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Oct 29, 2010 - Aqaba & Wadi Rum

After all the warnings of major delays on the ferry, our crossing was uneventful. Only about half an hour late leaving Nuweiba, though the performance to get through customs was interesting - lots of different queues for stamps in passports, ticket inspections, stamp inspections, luggage inspections, inspections for unknown reasons etc. We whiled away the time on board playing cards and arrived in Jordan around 7pm (8pm Jordan time). Straight to the hotel then dinner and a night club. Wednesday morning was a free morning in Aqaba. Our first...

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Oct 19, 2010 - Jordan - Aqaba

Up at 0530 just because I woke up so went and sat on the beach to wait for the sunrise over the Red Sea, looking towards Saudi Arabia. Absolutely beautiful scene and I had the beach entirely to myself. Idyllic. Went back to bed about 0600 and grabbed a bit more sleep before breakfast and hitting the water abou 1000 for a bit more snorkelling. Tide was out this morning so we had to walk out a couple of hundred meters before it was even just deep enough to float, and by then we were at the start of the reef. Had to suck in hard as we paddled...

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Oct 19, 2010 - Sawa Beach Camp then to Jordan

We had all morning to relax and snorkel before having to leave our beach paradise. We then headed to Nuweiba to catch the ferry to Jordan. This usually leaves notoriously late..... but we had Intrepid's record earliest departure when we left at 4:05pm after the scheduled 3:00pm. (Records are almost midnight - and it is rarely weather related.) WE arrived in the evening in the very clean and tidy city of Aqaba. Had a quick shower and enjoyed a fresh seafood dinner before an early night.

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Oct 18, 2010 - Out of Africa

We parked the Aston at St. Katherine’s Monastery car park at 3.15 and set off uphill at a brisk pace with friends Nikki Marsh and Stuart Onyett. By the lights of torches we walked the 7 km. of trail and then 700 large rock steps up to the summit. Charlotte and I found a great perch on a rock right at the very top – and settled down to watch the sun rise wrapped up in our fleeces and rally caps. There was quite an atmosphere and it was worth the early start. No time to lose, though and we came down by the shorter but harder direct route with...

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Rallye Med 2010

Jun 22, 2010 - Aqaba English Camp 2010

I starting to get a little restless about not working at camp this summer, but then it came time for Aqaba English and Environmental Camp!!! The camp is called "AVEA", can't remember exactly what it stands for... the "v" is for village and the "e" is for English. It is put on by Peace Corps, the Ministry of Education, AmidEast, and USAID. The English Fellows here through the US government run the Environmental English class section. Peace Corps Volunteers run drama and leadership. A volunteer from the University of Oregon did the arts and...

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Apr 13, 2010 - Petra

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 Petra Are we saving the best for the last? It just gets better. Today we were in Petra, chosen as one of the 7 world wonders, and rightly so. I never heard about it until the lectures, and we were told it would be fantastic, and it was. We docked in Aqaba and it was a two-hour ride from Aqaba to Petra. And what city is Lawrence going to in the film? I’m really getting a better appreciation for “Laurence of Arabia” after seeing it on our cabin TV, also “A Dangerous Man: After Lawrence of Arabia” (I’m not sure if I...

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University At Sea

Apr 4, 2010 - Saturday At Sea

Saturday 3rd April Day 84 Very, very hazy this morning, we learnt later that this is due to the sand in the atmosphere, so our breakfast was in a bit of a damp and hazy atmosphere but we reminded ourselves, that we certainly would not have been doing this at home. We heard on the news about the dreadful Easter weather, it is typical but still disappointing. We will bring the good weather back with us in ten days time! Finished of my card organiser – please do not rush me with orders, they are for display only, but I am thrilled with the end...

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Apr 3, 2010 - Friday At Sea

Friday 2nd April Day 83 Decided to have breakfast on our balcony for the next few days, to make the most of the beautiful mornings, also to capture exciting things on camera – well apart from some flotsam and a huge empty wire reel – zero, but we did enjoy our breakfast in the hazy sun. Started to make a Greetings Card Organiser this morning, what an hour, did not think grown up ladies, could get in to such lather over double-sided sellotape and who has the scissors and as for knowing right from left, well there is hope for me yet! Bill...

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Apr 2, 2010 - Another Day At Sea

Thursday 1st April Day 82 Sunrise this morning was spectacular, with the sun’s rays like shafts of light illuminating the sea – what a way to wake up; it was so warm on deck. Made a shoe bag this morning, from a serviette applied to a bag and coated in special glue called ‘Mod Podge’ it was quite easy and very effective. After coffee we returned to the cabin on ‘all things dodgy at sea watch,’ we were not to be disappointed. This is an extremely sensitive area as we approach the Gulf of Aden and even more so through the twenty mile wide...

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Apr 1, 2010 - Another Day In The Arabian Sea

Wednesday 31st March Day 81 Sunbathing before 7a.m. drinking tea, life is great!... and with a wonderful view. Bill always has his cameras and binoculars, acclimatised early – just in case! Last night we had to draw all our curtains in the cabin, the whole ship has window blinds/curtains closed, and we cannot walk the open decks after dark. So that we are not illuminated in a very dark area making us an easy target! I finished my card and bookmark this morning; we were slightly rushed as there was a wedding, which was to be held where we...

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Mar 30, 2010 - Tuesday A Day Of Rest In The Arabian Sea

Tuesday 30th March Day 80 – A day at sea. We sat outside in the sunshine having our morning tea at about 6.30, which is super as the sun is not burning hot. Although we watched, there was not a single thing to be seen on the sea. After breakfast, we walked around the deck, and then waited for the captain’s announcement for the practice drill. “For exercise, for exercise will all passengers proceed to their cabins and follow the instructions given” Suddenly the corridor outside our cabin was full of people, either standing, sitting or on the...

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