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Jan 15, 2012 - Jerash and Aljun

Met up with the tour group last night for the first time. Fun group of students and faculty. Our guide for the Jordanian part of the trip met us this morning and we launched into the Northern part of the country. Jordan is so full of history…more Old Testament than New…and much from the ancient civilizations here has been well preserved. Amman, as I think I said before, was Philadelphia at the time of Christ and was one of the cities of the Decapolis. Today, we headed to Jerash…ancient Gerasa, another city of the Decapolis. Enroute, we...

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Jan 14, 2012 - The Roman Theater and the Citidel

The mosque announces a...er, wake up call at about 5:10 a.m. How else will everyone be ready for 6:10 a.m. prayers? I heard the wake-up call, but my prayers had to wait until a little later in the morning. My body clock is all messed up. I fell sound asleep at 9:00 p.m. but was wide awake from about 1 to 3 a.m. I finally coaxed myself back to sleep and managed to sleep in until about 8:00 a.m. The hotel had an extensive breakfast buffet but I couldn't get the waiter to tell me how much the cost was. I decided to eat it despite the fact...

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Jan 13, 2012 - Plans, Trains, and Automobiles...sans the trains

Am sitting on my bed in my hotel room listening to the call to prayer from a local mosque. It has been a long time since I have been in a Muslim part of the world. I couldn't help staring at the people in local costume at the airport. It is so hard to believe that you can get on a plane and a few hours later be in a totally different part of the world with totally different ways of thinking, eating, and dressing. Of course, the different dress is easiest to notice. Am about to head down to the hotel restaurant for dinner, so I guess we'll...

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Aug 24, 2011 - Amman and Dead Sea

As soon as we got home to Ikram's from Petra we were greeted by her entire family and they saved us some delicious "break-fast" for Ramadan which was some traditional Arabic dishes. We then went with all the ladies of the family to Centro restaurant which was a beautiful patio with an arabic singer, lights and a second dinner for Ramandan. The next morning we woke up and drove to the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is the lowest point in the world at 423 meters below sea level. No creatures can survive in the sea due to the high salt content....

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Aug 1, 2011 - Ramadan Kareem ! رمضان كريم

Hey guys, At the moment, I'm approaching the end of my first day of fasting. This morning, I woke up at 4:30 for suhoor (سحور), which is a special breakfast taken prior to the morning prayer during Ramadan, the Islamic Holy Month during which Muslims celebrate the receipt of the Quran. Ramadan is celebrated by not consuming any food or beverages (including water; I'm a bit of a wimp, so I've ignored the water restriction) between the suhoor prayer and the maghreb (مغرب, meaning sunset or west) prayer. It began yesterday after sunset, when...

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Mandy's in Morocco

Jul 16, 2011 - Tales from Iraq and Syria

Alright, so tonight I've got homework (as per usual), but since I'm so incredibly far behind, I've decided I'll just do quick daily highlights and I'll work on the super-long blog to fill in the gaps over the course of the next couple weeks. Apologies for not being chronological, but at least I'll try to give you an idea of what I'm up to. Tonight, I had one of the most interesting conversations I've had since I came to Jordan. About 8 of the students in CLS went out to a region of East Amman (West Amman is the "nicer half," where ACOR and...

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Mandy's in Morocco

Jun 18, 2011 - Arrival in Amman, Jordan, June 2011

Marhaba! Welcome in Jordan! (for reference, the emphasis is on the "Wel" and the "Jor") As you probably know, I arrived in Amman, Jordan about a day and a half ago to begin a 2-month long full-immersion Arabic program through the US State Department (when they say full-immersion, they really mean it; even my yahoo homepage comes up in Arabic!) So far, we've mostly had a lot of pretty dull orientation meetings, during which they repeatedly instruct us not to do the super-awesome things we all wanted to (such as running into burning buildings...

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May 9, 2011 - Jordan

We met Sulaiman who is to be our driver for the next 5 days around Jordan, he turned up with a nice new Hyundai van which was very comfortable. The tour today was to look at some of the ruins around Amman and walk through the town centre to get a feel of the city. The first place we visited was the Amman Citadel perched on the top of one of the hills in Amman. The site has ruins dating back to 3rd century BC. At one stage I thought I heard Scottish bag pipes and sure enough after walking through the reconstructed shell of a mosque we came...

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May 9, 2011 - Istanbul to Jordan

Today was mainly set aside for travel but since the plane did not depart till 2:30pm Bev and I decided we would ring our mothers for mother’s day and while we were out we noticed that the queue to the Basilica cistern was almost empty. I had wanted to see this since Bev pointed it out early in our time here in Istanbul but every time we came here the queue was about 40 metres long and not moving very fast. This time there were about five people in the queue and it was opening in 10 minutes. So while Bev spoke to Rene I lined up and saved us...

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Mar 31, 2011 - Jordan

From Egypt, our plan was to avoid an Israeli passport stamp by taking the ferry across the Gulf of Aqaba to Jordan. We were expecting a weary day of travelling. The fast ferry had ceased to operate due to falling tourist numbers, while the slow ferry took 3 times as long and was known to depart on average 7-9 hours late. When we arrived at the port in Nuweiba, we were informed that the fast ferry was running again. Yay!! We left only 1 hour late, and after arriving in Jordan, a delightful, feisty Peruvian woman negotiated a very cheap...

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Dec 14, 2010 - Amman, Jordan

Amman, Jordan's capital city, is built on seven hills, similar to Ancient Rome. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Amman is mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath-Ammon...the capital of the Ammonites. By the 3rd century B.C., the city had been renamed Philadelphia. Amman has always stood at a major crossroads. Today, it has grown into a major modern capital, but we found the city to be a rich mix of a few must-see visits of historical significance, mixed with some trendy restaurants and shopping areas.

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Egypt & Jordan, 2010

Oct 20, 2010 - Up and Down - as far as possible!

We started the day at an altitude of 1068m in Petra, climbed to a castle at 1359m, descended to -400m at the Dead Sea and finished at an altitude of 858m in Amman. This was a difficult day for navigators. In Libya and most of Egypt we have been escorted by guides, policemen and security men. We had to keep an eye on where we were but the work was largely done for us. While we were leaving Petra with the other Aston behind us, there was one navigational instruction that was a little difficult to interpret. We did a series of lefts and rights...

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Rallye Med 2010

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