Only a year and half late, our little movie from our summer 2016 trip to Jordan, Israel, and Turkey.
What took us so long? Life. But no worries: things are great and we’re still traveling away!
Never fear- more trips are planned and more blog posts are to be written. I loved the Middle East so much, I might just realize my dream of going back soon. Very soon. Of course that joy is still only second to going to Hollywood, attending a taping of The Price is Right, and winning both showcases. A girl can dream, can’t she?
Until then, we save our pennies: cutting down on eating mostly vegetarian, cancelling my gym membership, making my own clothes.
After spending two glorious and exhausting days in Petra, we left the comfort of the Al Rashid hotel ($24 per night, including breakfast for two!) to move on to some real R&R. (The Al Rashid is actually the #1 hotel in Wadi Musa, despite its budget price – I wouldn’t say it’s luxurious by any means, but it’s comfortable and has air conditioning. It also inspired several rounds of jokes between Jolyn and me, such as, “I splurged on the Al Rashid for you, honey” and “Romance at the Al Rashid!”)
After the Treasury, the second most famous structure in Petra is the Monastery. The Monastery, or al-Deir in Arabic, is inaccurately named – it was likely a temple. The Monastery is about an hour and a half’s hike from the Treasury, and consists of roughly 800 steps. The best time to go is in the afternoon, as the steps are largely shaded at that point, while the facade of the Monastery is fully lit up by the sun. You will have many offers for donkey rides, so if the 800-step ascent seems too daunting, hop on a four-legged taxi.
When we were thinking about where to go this summer, the overwhelming urge to go to the Middle East was spurred on by our desire to visit Petra. We had seen it on shows such as An Idiot Abroad and Departures, and that only fueled our interest. Despite some less-than-glowing reactions from friends and family who were nervous for our personal safety, we had made up our mind – we were going to Jordan and the Middle East. (I’ll explain just how safe the Middle East can be – depending on your destination – in another post.)
One of the things John and I do when we travel is try to push the envelope. That is to say, what is the most “culturally immersed” activity we can do or place we can go. And sometimes it’s not easy or is a little uncomfortable at times. I’m ok with that. When I’m old (soon) and cranky (too late) I imagine we’ll dial it back a bit, but until then… we’re going off the grid. Continue reading
After a mostly restful sleep, (Good Morning! says the local mosque at 3:30AM) we prepared for our day of travel.
Tasty breakfast in tummies of the typical eggs, halloumi cheese, beef sausage and yogurt with fruit, we carried down our bags to meet our driver, Adli. Our original plan was to go straight to the Feynan Ecolodge, but our host insisted we go to Wadi Mujib as it was on the way. And since it was something I had hoped we’d get to, but figured we wouldn’t have time for, it was a nice surprise. Continue reading
Hello dear readers! After arriving back from Jerash, we were ready – very ready – for our first falafel. We are falafel fans. Whether it’s a street cart in midtown Manhattan or a food truck in Paris, count us in! And we were so fortunate to be staying near one of best falafel joints in Amman, Hashem. With map in hand, we meandered through the narrow, downhill streets. Continue reading