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Sep 2, 2005 - Wadi Musa (Petra), Jordan

Friday, September 2. Bus to Wadi Musa (Petra), Jordan. The biggest risk in traveling is vehicular accidents. We saw this firsthand on our mini-bus ride to Wadi Musa, the gateway town to Petra. A mini-SUV traveling north ran off the road and clipped a power pole. The driver's side of the mini-SUV lay crumpled against the power pole. All traffic stopped to view the accident and render assistance to the driver, who lay alongside the mini-SUV. Bystanders apparently removed him from his vehicle shortly before our mini-bus arrived on the scene....

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Aug 20, 2005 - Petra, Jordan

Sam and Ben made there way across the Israeli border just as three rockets were fired at a US navy ship from Aqaba, Jordan. It's always a good time in the middle east right? Petra is an ancient lost city in the south of Jordan that was only discovered by anyone other than Bedouins about 200 years ago. It has a huge canyon and even huger temple facades carved into the red rock walls. Inside of the temple facades are less ornate square rooms where people used to square dance and through pies at eachother. Sam and Ben wandered through this...

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Aug 15, 2005 - A long time...

Hey everybody... I was very consistent with keeping up this website at the beginning, but now as you can see, I've fallen behind. The main culprit was the internet in Colombia (or at least that's what I choose to blame). It mysteriously cut me off, even though it said I had 8 minutes left, just as I was finishing my Bolivia update. Because I was tired and had poured a lot of emotional energy into my update, I burst into tears when it was all lost. And I haven't been able to bring myself to write anything since. It's amazing how much...

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Jul 18, 2005 - Petra

If Amman was less than we had expected, Petra more than made up for it. No matter how much you read about the place or how many pictures you see in advance, nothing can match up to actually walking 1.5kms through the narrow winding Siq and coming face to face with the awe-inspiring facade of the Khazneh (Treasury). You definitely feel like humming the Indiana Jones theme tune. We will attempt to describe what we saw and did while visiting the Nabataean ruins at Petra but as much of a cliche as it sounds, it's got to be seen to be believed....

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Apr 4, 2005 - Two Shades of Petra

The shared taxi station in Damascus, a veritable armada of dented Chevrolets, Buicks and Oldsmobiles, looked the picture of an American used car lot, circa 1977. Ungainly as they may be, these vehicles form the core of Syria's international transport network, shuttling travelers across the border to Beirut and Amman. For 500 Syrian pounds (around US$10) I was transported in style to the Jordanian capital. Coming into Syria, I had prepared for the worst: hiding all my electronic goods to avoid paying customs duties; planning my alibi to...

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Mar 15, 2005 - Petra & Little Petra

Arrived here today and found great accomodations...this town is built on a steep hillside above the Petra site. We went to "Little Petra" this afternoon, 6 k. out of town to the N. It is an unrestored, smaller version of the main site, and is about 1000 years older i.e. 5-6,000 B.C., the oldest site we will probably visit in all of our travels. It was terrific(and not only because there was no entry fee, ha!), the place is au naturale, with the Bedouins(sp?) pretty much camped about and goats & camels & some trying to sell items to the much...

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Mar 4, 2005 - Petra, Jordan

If you have seen Indiana Jones-The last crusade. You have seen Petra. Beautiful place in Jordan. It is a amazing sight to see. You walk down this long slot canyon and at the very end you see this rose colored structure. Petra means rose colored city. Very beautiful. If you didn't know better you would think I was at four corners, that is what it looks like. Sorta like Zion park. The place is thousands of years old. It was built as tombs for the nobles. The most famous is called the treasury. It was conquered by the Romans in the later times...

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Feb 12, 2005 - Petra

Well, after almost cancelling the trip, the visit to Petra was well worth it. In the end, instead of going from Amman, i simply included it as a side trip to Eilat. What can i say except really, that i was spectacular and i would highly recommend it. It was bloody cold and we got caught in a snow storm when leaving (which proved for an interesting car ride home that involved 360 degree spins) which added an extra dimension to the trip. I guess the highlight for me was being on a Camel, riding through the main trail in Petra, and having it...

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Feb 9, 2005 - Petra, Jordan

Petra was a Nabatean city that controlled the spice and frankinscence trade between the Arabia penninsula and Turkey. It was finally conquered by the Romans and after being occupied by the Arabs was abandoned and forgotten by everyone but the local Bedouins. A Swiss guy named Burckhardt disguised himself as an Arab and was able to get in and published his account in the 1800's. The first Indiana Jones movie had a sequence shot here. Early on Thursday I took the hotel minibus down to the entrance and bought a 2-day ticket. There's a 1200...

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Feb 1, 2005 - Yea so its been a while!!!

Hello everyone!! It has been a while. So, Cairo was a bust, it took us 10 days to get your indian visas, and when we did get them, we didnt have them do to the holiday, so they were delivered to the Indian Consulate but out of reach. So back to Dahab!! we had two weeks to kill and Cairo is one of those places that after three days you just have a head ache!! In Cairo we picked up a girl from Canada to join us on the voyage to Dahab, and by the time we left Dahab we had all become very close. This time around we were very active, rather than...

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Dec 28, 2004 - Petra, Jordan

Another lesson to add to the log book is: Don't arm wrestle with Arab men for money. I learned this lesson on my way out of the ancient town of Petra in Jordan, which is one of the most amazing places on earth I have ever been. In fact, I never had planned on coming to Petra, or Jordan for that matter, but it is close to Egypt and so many other travelers told me that it was the highlight of their trip in the Middle East. It was easy to persuade Jim, so after diving in Dahab, it was off to another Arab country. We reached Petra after taking...

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Dec 8, 2004 - PETRA

Well, we've seen Petra, the biggest of big deals on this trip (according to Kerry). It was very cool. First thing that happened to us, which was a turn for the better, is that we happened to arrive on an evening where they have what they call, "Petra by Night". This is where you and other people (Lots of other people) get to experience what Petra feels like at night in the dark and, what was supposed to be, the quiet. Unfortunately, we had about 130 other tourist with us that wouldn't keep their mouths shut for one second. Anyways, we...

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