Petra, Jordan: “A rose red city half as old as time.”

Truly we all have wondered what it would be like to travel to an Arabian country after watching Disney's Aladdin, a tale from the book One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights,  كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة)  and the joys of a camel ride in the desert! Indiana Jones also sparked my interest in Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.  In his search for the Holy

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Petra, Jordan By Night and the Cave Bar

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

2018-11-27T12:00:43+00:00

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.

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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 rounded up

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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

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The Top Things To Do In Jordan

Have you ever wondered what the top things to do in Jordan are? Go see Petra – Of course, everyone already know this already. But I will tell you again: “Go see Petra!” "Go experience Petra, go touch it, feel it and bathe the vastness of it all!" The Top Things To Do In Jordan, Petra Petra is the rock-cut city and cave system

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Off to Jordan! Have you been?

And I am off to Jordan! With the changing angles of the sun, the desert displays dramatic rose-red colors in the sand. For some moments I am blinded.  But once I am able to regain my clear sight, I spot him in the distance.  He is sitting quietly with what appears to be his Grandfather.  He never moves.  I am mesmerized that a child this

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Aqaba, Jordan العقبة‎: Diving the Red Sea

Aqaba, Jordan and the Red Sea A bit off the beaten path... We arrived into 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 of the desert.  It seemed

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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

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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

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