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May 30, 2010 - Amman Waves

We woke up late and stayed at the hotel until 2:00. Me and my dad would get a taxi to Amman Waves at 2:00. Because my mum had tonsilitis and we couldn't go out so we got medicine from the local chemist. We arrived at Amman waves at 2:30. Amman waves is a water park. There was a lazy river going round the children's play area. But you had to stay in a plastic ring. There was a big pool with waves running all the time. And really big slides leading to a pool. We spent 2 hours at the theme park before getting a taxi ride back. We had a falafel...

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May 28, 2010 - Travel to Madaba

Travel to Madaba we woke up early at 6:00 and had a quick breakfast before getting a 2 hour long taxi drive to Madaba. When we arrived we checked in at a hotel. The rooms were very smelly, smelling of cigarette smoke, making me feel sick. So we went to another hotel. Our new hotel is called the Black Iris hotel. Black Iris is Jordan's national flower. Our room is quite big with three beds, a toilet, a bath and windows overlooking the Mosque and the church. Jesus and Moses where both born in or near Jordan. But only 1/3 of the population of...

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May 28, 2010 - Travel to Madaba

We had to leave Wadi Musa early to get a much cheaper lift with a driver going to make a pickup from nearby Amman airport. We bade a fond farewell to the people at the Petra Gate Hotel, who'd made us feel at home and arranged everything we'd done with minimum fuss, no extra cost and lashings of good advice. Our driver was a friendly, interesting guy who, in complaining about various aspects of his life, gave a good insight into it. He was a Bedouin, now settled with wife and 6 kids, who says he much preferred his old life living in a tent...

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Nov 20, 2009 - King's Highway

@@@@@@@ Our taxi arrived on time and we headed off out of Amman. It took some time to pass the sprawling suburbs but eventually we were out in the rolling countryside. It was Friday morning, the Muslim day of rest, so there was very little traffic, in the city and on the highway. That suited me just fine because I knew that the drivers in Jordan play pretty fast and loose with the center line. The hills in all directions looked freshly ploughed, and the driver told us that the region was a vast area of agriculture; wheat, barley and...

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Jun 27, 2009 - Dead Sea and King's Highway

A day of driving today, but with many interesting, and amusing! stops along the way. This does not include the Kerak Castle that we also visited, and can I suggest, perhaps don't bother? There was barely anything left of the castle and was consequently quite boring, although the small museum there is quite good. Just quickly, because the castle does hold an important place in religious history, the site where the castle is was originally occupied by the Fortress of Kir Heres, which was ravaged by the King of Israel and its Allies of Judah...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Jun 21, 2009 - Madaba and Jerash

This morning I left the hotel about 8am and went to the ancient city of Jerash, about an hour and a half north of Madaba. Jerash is acknowledged internationally as one of the largest and most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world (outside Italy). Although excavations have been ongoing there for 85 years its estimated that 90% of the city is still unexcavated. Jerash has ruins dating back to the Neolithic age, indicating human habitation of the area for more than 6500 years. But it wasn’t until the days of Alexander the...

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Taking the Long Way

Jun 4, 2009 - Madaba - the mosaic city

Arrived in Madaba last night after several brief stops at Karak (the crusader castle), Mt Nebo (where Moses first laid eyes on the Promised Land), and the Dead Sea. Its true what they say about the Dead Sea. Truly a wierd experience floating in water with 30% salinety (sp?). They recommend that you only swim on your back because once you flip to your stomach it is quite hard to flip back (found that out the hard way.) Very strange feeling, but very cool at the same time. Also opted for the mud slathering and have some great pics of me...

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Jan 8, 2009 - Madaba, The Dead Sea, & A Major Surprise

Sharon Today was one of the most exciting/eventful days of our trip, and that is hard to do. Today was the day that we went to the Dead Sea. It started out as John complaining he didn’t want to go to the Sea today because his throat hurt and he had a stuffy nose. I wasn’t going to have any of it. That night I had been so excited about going that I had had a dream about the Dead Sea. I told him we were going and if he didn’t feel good he could just sit on the beach and watch me float! In the end, John decided to go so we got all packed up...

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Aug 14, 2008 - Madaba

Made it to Madaba but first stopped at the Dead Sea--a a big resort where we had lunch before changing for a swim. The salt content is so high that you float. Then we enjoyed amud bath and a shower before hitting the giant water slide at the pool. Very nice and hot. Wait until you see the pictures. Then we drove up north along the Dead Sea to Mount Nebo where the Pope visited in the Jubuilee Year 2000 declaring it a holy site. Since the days of Hellena, Constatine's mother, this site has been known as the place where Moses looked over into...

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Oct 24, 2007 - Luzern

This is our last day in Switzerland and we havn't seen the Mounains yet. It has been totaly socked in the whole time. I guess we'll just have to buy a couple postcards. We didn't head up to the top of Mt. pilatus because we couldn't have seen anything anyways, instead we did the walking tour of Luzern so Aaron could see the town wall, the coble stone streets and of course the Lion Monument. For supper we had 'Raclette' another form of a Swiss meal of melted cheese. The cheese is heated in little dishes and then we poured it on top of the...

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