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Jordan and Eilat (Israel)

Jordan:

A long time I wasn‘t sure, if I wanted to write something about this trip. It’s hard to write something about a culture and a country you don’t understand. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not arrogant enough to say, I understand the culture of the other countries I wrote about. However I haven’t found a connection to this country.
I believe I chose the wrong company or at least the wrong guide to do the travel. The route itself was beautiful and I got to see a beautiful country. However I did not expect to go to a sight and be told “okay look around”, while my guide spend time with his “buddy”. It didn’t help me understanding the culture. My parents spend a daytrip there and could tell you more about it.
One thing I will tell you though: the tea is great, well at least if you have a sweet tooth. The food was also very good.

Amman

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  • Amman Citadel

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  • Roman Theatre

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Jerash

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The Death Sea

There are signs that you shouldn’t go in the water, if you have any cuts or shaved recently. Also you should be careful not to get the water in your eyes. For me personally it was an experience, however not entirely positively. While bathing in the sea my skin didn’t feel comfortable – kinda itchy. Afterwards however my skin was very soft. Unfortunately the softness went away after a few days. I guess I get why people put the mud on their skin.

Mount Nebo

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Madaba

St. George’s church with a beautiful mosaic map of Palestine
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Wadi Mujib:

There was a fight near the live wests and I was told I wouldn’t need one anyway. Wrong Information – you need a live west! Luckily I got one from some returning tourists. Unluckily when I put in on, I didn’t know it wasn’t just security, but you actually had to swim parts of it. As I was wearing all my important stuff (including my passport) in a chest bag/pouch it was covered by the live west. Out of sight out of mind, I only remembered it, after taking off the live west. Let’s just say everything was drenched. Money survives it well and just needs to be dried. My passport fared worse. It was still usable and except for the entrance stamp to Peru (which is now a pink blur) you can still read everything. However getting it dry was a challenge. It was still damp when I left Jordan, which got some raised eyebrows.
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Dana National Park

Dana has a calm feeling to it. There aren’t many tourists, so you feel like there is only endless nature around you.
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Shobak Castle

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Little Petra

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Petra

the most famous attraction of Jordan and a real must do:
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Wadi Rum

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Leaving Jordan:

Eilat

I left for Israel and spent some time in Eilat. Crossing the border is an experience by itself. While the man seemed to be relaxed the real control and decision is done by females. The man I showed my passport asked me what happened to it, when I explained it got wet at Wadi Mujib, his only answer was “well, at least you had fun”.
The females look at you and ask you tons of questions, especially if you travel alone. They also didn’t seem too friendly, but that is their job. Then again you might think, they had a reason - after all my passport was still damp. However other independent travellers spend as much time talking to them as I did. In a tourist group, it is less fascinating and much faster.

  • Timna Park

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  • Red Canyon in the Eilat Mountains

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  • Snorkeling, though as I used the wrong spot, I did not find it very fascinating.

Afterwards I left for Jerusalem.

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