Jordan... Amman, Dead Sea, Petra & Wadi Rum... an intense journey!
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I finally got the chance to discover the beautiful Jordan. Heard a lot about it, read even more about it but everyone was right: you need to see it for yourself to experience it!
Started out in Amman, the white city. The city has a long shape, with roundabouts that are used to indicate the way. So if you want to go somewhere, people will tell you: it's located at the 2nd roundabout and then you know which direction to go. The Citadel is the best place to get a look at the city and you can also visit the ruins of an old Palace there, very nice place. Discovered the typical food that you encounter throughout the whole visit in Jordan: the cold and warm mezzes and a mixed grill of meat, to end with a nice dessert.
Then we went visiting Kerak, ruins from Roman times. Most beautiful is the Pilar Way, most fun is the 'telephone' system in the Amphitheatre. When you stand at one of the hole on one side, the person standing on the other side can hear what you are staying, very strange!
Mount Nebo was also on the program, near to the Dead Sea. It's the mountain where Mozes saw the Holy land... you can't see it anymore but you can stand on the exact same place where he stood. It's a very religous place but nice to discover. Madaba is close to Mount Nebo and a very local town, you just want to wander arround in it.
And of course we also went to the Dead Sea. First thing I did was jump into the water to discover how well it floats! And yes, right away my feet went up and I was laying on my back without any effort. Great experience! From the hotels you can see Israël, it looks so peaceful from a distance... Sad thing about the Dead Sea is that the water level is going down at a very high speed. They will now try to bring in water from the Red Sea, hope this will work out else we wont be able to float anymore and it would be a disaster for tourism and the locals.
Took some salt with me from there but in your bathtub it doesn't work that well... :)
From the Dead Sea we started our drive to Petra.
Arrival in Petra, the horses are waiting for you to take you along the first 700m. Then you walk through the gap where you see beautiful rocks, the colors change and it's just beautiful. But be careful because while you are looking up, dangerous horse carriages pass you by without slowing down. And then at the end you see what everyone is talking about: The Treasure. You can prepare yourself but the view still stays overwhelming! Then there is a long walk along the city of Petra before you can eat or drink somehthing. Less nice: afterwards you need to do the whole way back, uphill....
After Petra, we went to the Wadi Rum desert. What I saw there, I can't even discribe, the landscape just took a hold on me, I was hypnotized! Here you can find tranquility and peace, surrounded by nature at his best.
Well, it was a journey not to forget!