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Monday Moment: Shobak Castle, Jordan

10. December 2012


Shobak Castle, Jordan

There is plenty of old in Jordan. Old cities, old roads, old buildings, old religious sites, and old crusader castles. Left almost untouched, Shobak Castle was my favorite. Without hoards of tourists around it was much easier to imagine this crusader outpost as it was in its heyday. We wandered and scrambled, explored nooks and […]

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Monday Moment: Wadi Rum Lunch

19. August 2012

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Monday Moment: Wadi Rum Lunch

In the middle of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, sheltered only by the rocky outcropping behind us, we scrounged for wood to make a fire and quickly a Bedouin lunch was created. Although this is not how they truly live today it was easy to imagine what life in this red-hued landscape was like […]

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Monday Moment: Petra, Jordan

9. January 2012


Above The Treasury, Petra

Petra is one of the most unbelievable sights I have ever seen. What is left of it leaves me wondering how on earth it was created; having been carved right out of the mountainsides. It hints to what must have been here at one time; a bustling, vibrant city in an area of the world […]

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Remember That Time…We Got Soaked Over 50 Cents?

28. April 2011


Amman View

Now that we’ve returned home and have settled back into our routine lives again we find it funny how our travel stories keep coming up. Invariably one of us will look at the other and say ‘Remember That Time…’ I thought it would make a good series; a way to tell these small stories that […]

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9. November 2009



Across the aisle from me the man reads from a small, bound, version of the Koran. His lips move and he visibly relaxes as the recital proceeds. Throughout, he performs modified versions of the motions of his prayer. I reach for my gin and take a slug. Same effect…we are now both calmer…different method. As […]

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The Desert, The Red, And The Dead

6. November 2009



I love wide open spaces. It was on a cross country drive a number of years ago that I realized how much I love wide open spaces. The Canadian prairies are, for some, monotonous and boring but I loved the days of driving over rolling hills through wheat fields and grassland because I could see […]

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The Rose Red City

2. November 2009



This post is hard to write…because I am speechless. Petra is absolutely, breathtakingly, stunning. It is beyond words. The natural scenery is beautiful and indescribable…and then the carving on top of it all…amazing!! The approach to the famed Treasury building has got to be one of the best reveals on the planet. First we walk […]

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