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Jan 28, 2010 - Links to additional pictures

Additional trip pictures can be found on Facebook (open to all, not just members) at: Egypt #1: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=88156&l=b3fdd3bce3&id=567471817 Egypt #2: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=88174&id=567471817&l=7859b1765d Egypt/Jordan iPhone photos: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=82953&id=567471817&l=e63ec7a5ba (clandestine tomb/temple photos w/out flash) Enjoy! -E

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Jan 12, 2010 - Getting settled

Ok, it's been a while, or at least a lot has happened... I am finally at my site, in my house, and into a routine. Well, the routine will only last for a month, since it is winter break and there are currently a lot of girls at the center every day, all day. There are usually about 50 girls throughout the day. I start the morning off with a short aerobics class, enerjizer style, which means choreographed aerobic moves to upbeat "eshnabi" (foreign) songs.I then have some time to prepare for the English classes. 3 days a week I have a class...

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Dec 23, 2009 - Finally a PCV

So today we swore in, we are finally, officially PCV's, and not PCT's. The oath we take is the same oath that all federal employees take, including the President, even though we are not actually federal employees... but "3dy!" (relax, normal, it's nothing). We still have one more day training, i think it's about how to figure out which secondary projects are plausible and sustainable. On Christmas we go to the city and the 26th we have our Christmas dinner. We've been so busy, I haven't had the chance to feel the Christmas spirit. Today I...

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Nov 30, 2009 - Holidays and anticipation

Today is the last day of Eid, sort of the Christmas here. It is the holiday that thanks God for providing the sheep for Abraham, so he did not have to sacrifice is son. It is a four day celebration, starting on Friday, and going through Monday... all of which are national holidays, so no school, unless you are a PC trainee, in which case it's only 2 days (which sucks for our LCF's, who more than likely would like to celebrate with their families, but they get to come back to village and teach us instead...). People get new clothes, and the...

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Nov 26, 2009 - Zanzibar, Tanzania

Greetings! We have just left Zanzibar and after a 30 hour journey (to reach a place that is less than 10 hours away) we are now in Amman, Jordan. We will hopefully post a separate entry for Amman and some photos of Zanzibar in the next 24 hours. In the meantime, we had a fantastic time in Zanzibar. We stayed on the larger of the 2 islands which make up Zanzibar (called Unguja) and also spent some time in Stone Town, which was one of the MOST rustic places we have ever seen. Our higlights at Zanzibar were as follows: 1. Visiting the ancient...

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Nov 24, 2009 - Goodbye Amman

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD As usual, we came back to the city from which we were to depart by air, one day early just to be certain there was little or no chance of missing our scheduled flight. We had seen pretty much all we had wanted to see in Amman but I had thought it might be nice to visit the King Abdullah Mosque as it was very close to our hotel, in fact we could see it from our window. However, when we awoke the next morning, the skies had opened up and it was raining heavily. So heavy in fact, it was running in rivers down the...

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Nov 21, 2009 - Day Trip to City of Salt

It is only mid-afternoon here in Amman. Vikki and I returned to Amman about an hour ago from our visit to the small city of Salt. Although Salt was one of the largest 10 cities of the Decapolis during Roman rule here in the Middle East, today Salt seems to contain little of historical interest to tourists. This we unfortunately found out for ourselves, as our guidebook seemed to paint a slightly more glowing picture than what we actually found once we arrived in Salt. Nevertheless, after taking the public bus to Salt, we walked around and...

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Nov 20, 2009 - Visit to Roman Ruins at Jerash & Umm Qais & Castle at Ajloun

Well, its shortly after 8 o’clock in the evening, and I’m sitting in the common area in the lobby at the Farah Hotel. Vikki and I returned about 2 hours ago from a full day’s tour of some of the highlights of northern Jordan. A great day overall of taking in the sights with perfect temperatures and sunny weather, but an exhausting one as well. Given that I’m still a little plagued by jet-lag from our flight to get here to Amman a couple of days ago, albeit hopefully for not too much longer, I’m going to try and keep today’s entry fairly...

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Nov 19, 2009 - Tracking the Bible - Visit to Madaba, Mount Nebo, Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan & the Dead Sea

Well, it’s around 10 at night here in Amman. Vikki and I returned from dinner at Jafra, a trendy restaurant in Amman’s City Center, about an hour ago. Tomorrow we are leaving at around 8 in the morning on a day tour of some of northern Jordan’s highlights, most notably the ruins of the Roman city of Jerash, so I’ll try and keep tonight’s entry relatively short. Today we took what might be termed primarily a “Biblical highlights” tour, visiting Mount Nebo, Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan, the Dead Sea and the ancient city of Madaba. Our first...

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Nov 18, 2009 - Castle Spotting on Jordan's Desert Castles Loop

It is around 7:30 p.m., and we just returned to the Farah Hotel from a delicious dinner of falafels at Hashem Restaurant, a nondescript hole-in-the-wall restaurant that is allegedly somewhat of an institution here. I’m still quite jet-lagged from our flight to get here to Jordan, so I’m trying to stay awake so as to avoid waking up too early tomorrow morning. Hopefully writing today’s entry will help me stave off sleeping for a bit longer, but I’m sure my entry tonight is going to be short and brief. I’m exhausted right now! Today we took...

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Nov 18, 2009 - Amman

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It seems we are more inclined to book a hotel in advance of arriving in a new country, more inclined than we ever have been before. My resident travel researcher, Anil, decided to go with the recommendation in the Lonely Planet for a very good budget hotel. Big mistake. We arrived at the Palace Hotel in the old part of Amman, and found ourselves being ushered into an appalling exterior hallway and into an even more appalling room. I took one look at the place and told Anil there was no way I could sleep there...

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Nov 17, 2009 - Sightseeing in Amman, Jordan's Capital

Well, it’s about 11 p.m., and I just woke up from a three hour nap. We returned here to the Farah Hotel after being out all day sightseeing in Amman and eating dinner, and I conked out for a few hours. Given the 7 hour time difference between here and Indonesia, I’m a bit jet-lagged. As we are leaving to go out tomorrow morning to spend the day touring Jordan’s so-called “Desert Castles,” I want to quickly summarize the events since our arrival here in Jordan from our stop in Doha en route to get here. Our arrival in Amman after our more...

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