Crossing Jordan (country not crappy tv show)

Trip Start Dec 22, 2011
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Trip End Jul 04, 2012


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Monday, March 5, 2012

After the debacle of the crossing from Nuweiba, Egypt, our expectations for Jordan were pretty low. Then again, any place that wasn't Egypt was bound to be a step up.

Day one hit us with the first surprise: our itinerary was to be messed up by snow. Go figure! It hadn't snowed for 7 years, but that white stuff was again playing havoc with our plans.

We headed to Wadi Rum, all ready to play Lawrence of Arabia. While the sleet that came down for a couple of minutes could have dampened our spirits (and our clothes since we were in the back of jeeps) it would have been pretty hard. Wadi Rum's imposing desert landscape is so incredible and we had a great time bouncing around in the jeep, drinking tea with Bedouin and climbing sand dunes. We'd love to head back there in warmer times and camp... a few hours wasn't enough.

Day 2 meant that we should have awoken in Petra, but due to the snow we still had the drive to make. The main roads were closed due to snow, so our intrepid Jordanian leader had us go cross country over some pretty dicey roads. We made it though, and had most of the afternoon to explore Petra.

No amount of Indiana Jones can prepare you for the place. It takes a long, beautiful walk through 'the canyon of the crescent moon' to get to the Treasury, all the while being bundled out of the way by (mostly empty) horse and carriages. Then all of a sudden you're in front of that facade.

The rest of the site is just as fantastic. We were lucky (due to the weather and the continuing instability in Egypt) to be sharing the place with few other travellers and were able to clamber and explore and enjoy the old necropolis. The thing that I wasn't expecting was the stunning nature of the landscape itself.

On to Amman. It's a bustling, modern city, and it seems to be evolving very quickly. It will be a dramatically different place in 10 years. From Amman we visited the old Roman city of Jerash, again almost having it to ourselves. After a lovely, sunny (yay!) morning, we headed to the Dead Sea...

So much fun. For once, I knew that water wasn't going to get me! I also enjoyed turning into a mud monster, even if my bathers will never be the same. We floated, we ate, we relaxed and we talked about how much we really like Jordan.

It's been one of the surprise packets so far. Sure, it benefits from being Not-Egypt, but it's a very impressive place. For a nation being pulled in all directions (look at its neighbours - Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Israel) it manages to walk a middle, moderate path.

We'd love to return.
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JoBee on

Yay to the JEEP!
Sounds like a blast....although challenging at times, everything travelling should be really.
Take care. x

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