Scuba Diving the Red Sea: Aqaba, Jordan العقبة‎

Aqaba, Jordan and the Red Sea Directions: Aqaba, Jordan A bit off the beaten path... We arrived in Amman at 10:45 pm at night. Damn Crazy Americans!  By the time we made to the car rental place, it was almost 11:15 pm.  The plan was to drive from Amman to Aqaba, a three-hour drive, in the middle of the night in the middle

2020-07-03T17:07:01-07:00

The Ultimate Jordan Bucket List

Surely you have heard of the country of Jordan? You know, Indiana Jones, right? Raiders of the Lost Ark? Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? I don't know about you, but I grew up watching this series of movies. And of course, I daydreamed about going to some of

2019-12-28T18:19:58-07:00

Unique Things to do in Qatar – Doha City Tours

Doha, Qatar is located within a tiny Arab nation that has unbelievable architecture, a huge expatriate population, and the highest per capita income in the world! As the smallest country in the Middle East, it has grown in population super fast over the last 40 years. Back then it was a desolate desert with virtually little going on other than a lonely Sheraton Grand Hotel

2020-01-20T12:11:17-07:00

A Qatar Airways Review: Q-Suites!

Air travel has become such a hassle over the last couple of decades, especially since 09/01/01. I can almost remember what it was like BEFORE that happened. Now, lines at the airport have continued to get longer while the list for prohibited items on a plane has increased. However, the one thing that has improved about air travel is the business class choices that are

2019-03-06T22:35:55-07:00

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Petra Jordan by Night

Petra, Jordan By Night - A Practical Guide Petra by night is an after-dark, guided excursion down the Siq to the Treasury in Jordan's famous carved city. It gets mixed reviews on the travel forums and Tripadvisor about whether or not it is worth it to go while visiting Jordan. I thought it was an amazing experience and one worth doing, so don't let the

2019-08-20T12:51:15-07:00

Old City Jerusalem: Israel And The Dance of Death

There is no place on earth more important to the religions of the world than Jerusalem the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is made up of several key sites to many religions, such as the Temple Mount and the Wailing Wall for the Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for the Christians and the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque for the Muslims. People from all these religions come

2019-08-20T22:53:55-07:00

Kohls Makeup: Kohl Eyeliner (كحل‎) and the Evil Eye (عين الحسود‎)

Many women in the Middle East are known for their exotic beauty. Almost all of them looked beautiful to me! Actually, it was difficult to figure out if they were beautiful or not, based strictly on their eyes.  However, it is understandable that they would use any form of Kohl eyeliner to deepen the mystery about their eyes. They also use Khol (كحل‎) Eyeliner with excellent precision.

2020-06-27T12:17:15-07:00

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016 Written for Expedia By Dr. Cacinda Maloney “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci As a world traveler, I am constantly asked: “Where are the best places to visit in the world?” I have

2019-08-20T18:08:41-07:00

Postcards to a Little Boy : Holocaust Memorial

By Cacinda Maloney As I enter the Holocaust Memorial, an Israel Museum in Jerusalem, I am overwhelmed with it as a space. The Israel Museum has a well thought-out architecture that leads you down the path of the Jews during the holocaust, which is a horrific time in our world’s history. The triangular shaped Holocaust Memorial is made of cold-to-the-touch, gray concrete and takes you

2018-11-27T12:25:27-07:00

Listening to Silence – Jordan by Night

  Desert Night Camps - Feynan Ecolodge We were in the van for what seemed like hours. Gazing out the window, I noted how the landscape was changing and soon it felt as if civilization was slowly creeping away on our way to Feynan Ecolodge. Dana Biosphere Reserve, in the lands of Jordan's desert, was vast and diverse. Occasionally, I would see herds of sheep

2019-08-20T22:20:49-07:00

Off to Jordan! Have you been?

  And I am off to Jordan! One of the biggest reasons for choosing Jordan is that the country seems perfect for the kind of travelling I have in mind. I managed to find a really good deal to Amman and back from the USA. By booking more than six months in advance, I had the luxury of picking the best flight deals that the airlines have

2020-04-17T17:21:05-07:00

A candlelit night in the city of Petra, Jordan

  A candlelit night in the city of Petra,  A night I will never forget Making our way down the long Siq, deep into the night, I wondered how the event would unfold.  With each step, anticipation into this unknown world of rock walls and the famous "Treasury" in the city of Petra. I had waited years for this moment. I had often heard of

2018-11-27T12:47:41-07:00

Bedouins (بَدَوِيُّون) of Petra, Jordan

Honestly, I didn't even know what a Bedouin was before I went to Jordan.  I guess I have spent entirely too much time in USA cities to even vaguely understand that these people still exist. Not only do they exist, they seem to thrive. I saw hundreds of bedouins inside the UNESCO world heritage site of PETRA.  When I saw this cute little one, I

2018-11-27T12:48:12-07:00