INDIA: Agra – The Taj Majal

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
INDIA: Agra – The Taj Majal

It’s not as easy as getting on a plane in Jordan, and arriving at the Taj. There’s a cab to the airport, a flight to Abu Dhabi, a red-eye flight to New Delhi, an overnight in a hotel, and finally a train which will take me to Agra. There is also the issue of the […]

JORDAN: Aqaba & Amman II

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Uncategorized | 8 Comments
JORDAN: Aqaba & Amman II

I must say, it’s good to find myself on the Red Sea after so much desert action. It will be nice to commune with my aquatic friends for three days here in Aqaba. A nice steamy shower proved euphoric as I rinsed away the red sands of Wadi Rum, and prepared myself for some some […]

JORDAN: Wadi Rum – “Lawrence of Arabia” filmed here in 1961.

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
JORDAN: Wadi Rum – “Lawrence of Arabia” filmed here in 1961.

My 6:20am departure from Petra went smoothly in an otherwise crowded minibus. It was worth the tight squeeze for the $10 trip to Wadi Rum where we would be met by our respective hosts. Khaled, a fellow who could have passed for a Jordanian prince, took me to his house to discuss the details of […]

JORDAN: Petra – A National Treasure

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
JORDAN: Petra – A National Treasure

I left Amman with an Aussie named Wendy at 3am in order to reach Petra at dawn. Upon arrival I dropped my gear at Peace Way Hotel, headed straight for the ticket office, and bought a 3-day pass. Since the park was delightfully bereft of people, I hopped on a horse and played Indiana Jones […]

JORDAN: Amman – 1st. Visit

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
JORDAN: Amman – 1st. Visit

After a taxi ripoff, a taxi who tried to rip me off, two check points, a bus, and one last taxi, I finally rolled into Amman, Jordan. Much to my joy, the man at the desk of my hostel was a most welcoming chap. He directed me to a restaurant that served mansaf which is […]

ISRAEL: Jerusalem – Second Time Around

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
ISRAEL: Jerusalem – Second Time Around

I returned from Bethlehem feeling recharged after indulging myself in Banksy’s wonderful sensory experience, the Walled Off Hotel. I returned to a six bed dorm in a very nice hostel just 100 feet from my previous hotel. Unfortunately, the room was occupied by a pig who had no concept of hostel etiquette. Not only was […]

PALESTINE: Bethlehem and Hebron

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
PALESTINE: Bethlehem and Hebron

Upon approach to the checkpoint heading into Bethlehem is this foreboding sign. Of course for Palestinians trying to navigate their way around Israel the options run the gamut from annoying to impossible. Many people have to endure crushing daily routines of waking at 3:00 am to cross the border to work jobs to feed their […]

ISRAEL: Jerusalem – Nexus of the Abrahamic Faiths

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
ISRAEL: Jerusalem – Nexus of the Abrahamic Faiths

It was hard to appreciate my new plush living quarters in Jerusalem to their fullest due to the fact that a sinus infection was beginning to have its way with me. Passover was also preventing me from properly feeding myself. However, a nice rainwater shower in a roomy, private suite with a large, comfy bed […]