Day 376: Discovering Jerash, Jordan

I have to confess, I knew NOTHING about the city of Jerash, not one, single, solitary thing.  I had never even heard of it!  Our discovery happened because we chose the only available nonstop flight between Istanbul and Amman, Jordan leaving at 1am in the morning from Istanbul. We had initially planned to fly out the day after, but choosing this late night route allowed us to maximize our short time in Jordan.  Making this decision ended up being very fortuitous, because just 9 hours after we departed, there was a country wide blackout, a suspected act… Read More

Day 370: In Search of Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail – Petra

Many of us remember the famous scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where Harrison Ford and Sean Connery race through a steep, narrow canyon on horses, and burst through a sudden opening, discovering the hidden city.  I’ll never forget their first glimpse of Petra, the stone city carved deeply into the side of the red cliff. At the time, I thought it was just make believe, a brilliant part of the cinematography used to create the movie, but I was wrong.  When I realized that this unusual destination, Petra, the Capital of the Nabataean… Read More

Day 367: Floating in the Dead Sea

After leaving exotic Istanbul, we headed to Jordan!  One of our top priorities here was to take a dip in the Dead Sea.  We wanted to see if all of the hype was really true.  Could we, indeed, float on the surface of the Dead Sea without any floatation devices?  While we believed this might be true, we had yet to verify this claim.  We were extremely curious to discover the truth as well as experience this strange phenomenon for ourselves. Can you guess what our conclusion was?  Here’s a photo that may… Read More