Jordan in 19 images

Could be 20 but we like the number 19.

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view from our tent. Wadi Rum desert, south Jordan.

Jordan is a kingdom of peace between places in conflict,we travel all the way hitch hicking and doing free camping without any problem. we were invited to spend the night at the house of the 80% of the people who picked us up.

the photo before was taken by a Nabatean temple of 2000 years, near where we set up our tent, in Wadi rum. the Nabateans were the civilization that left the heritage of the modern arabic writing but despite this there is no much information about them.

 

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Roman amphitheater of Amman. was created on 2nd century a.c. and has 6000 seats when the name of the city was Philadelphia under the roman empire.

 

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Going out from Wadi Rum, we started to walk from the small village within the reserve area and 20 minutes later a car stopped for us and took us to Aqaba where we had to take the boat back to Egypt. the red stuff on the backpack is our blanket.

 

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floating on the dead sea. is actually a salt lake that is in the lowest place of the world comparing with the sea level. due it high density because its salt, is possible floating easily without effort. we had to do it…

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Vandalism in petra. is sad to pay the high price of the ticket entry to petra  (50 dinars something like u$ 70) and find this graffitis on a 2000 years facade, a world heritage.

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the beduins in Wadi Rum are nomads that has different tribes. when the borders were set, the tribes were divided between Jordan and saudi Arabia. some of them live on tourism some other still on their live cattle and camels.

 

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the monastery in Petra, one of the 7 wonders of the world made by the man. is an entire city made on the rocks although some archeologist says that most of the great facades are tombs.

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Temple of Hercules in Amman. the capital of jordan is one of the oldest cities in the world  and you can realize easily as you will see roman, byzantine and umayyad remains.

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Red sand red baby, at Wadi rum, just 50 km away from the Saudi Arabian- Jordan border.

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Beduin forces officers in Petra, they are considered the heirs of this place that’s why you can see a strong beduin presence all over the place. some of them still use the traditional wearing some others not.

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Our beduin friend Yoma picked us up on the way to Wadi Musa, where Petra is, and invited us for a tea despite he did not speak any english at all. he lived in a tent at the mountains taking care of his cattle. this is a good example about that sometimes does not matter which language you speak if you have something to say.

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To put a picture of a camel is a must if you been in the middle east. this one was in Wadi Musa.

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You can see the marks of the bullets of the treasures hunters of early 20 century on the facades at Petra. there was a myth that said there was a treasure inside the facades somewhere in the pink city.

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The hand of hercules, Amman.

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A beduin woman comes to work every day for sell souvenirs to tourist from the village near Petra. the impact of Siria conflict is visible in the few tourists you can see here today and is affecting its economy.

 

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Despite they are in the picture, the main transport at Petra are donkeys and horses, nowadays camels are sold for eat its meat. sad.

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On the way to…

 

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These are not just stones on the ground,there is the mosque of the beduin family where we spend one night. always pointing to Mecca, on that way 50 km from here Saudi Arabia.

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Our friend Salem was a truck driver who was out of duty and drove us from the dead sea to Madaba. He has 2 wives , yes 2. even the islamics laws allow until 4 but he said that 2 is enough.

 

Our top 5 countries in almost 4 year traveling.

we were on debt, after 3 years and 4 months of travel around the world, it came to us to make a blog and we just decided to do it in the worst conditions as possible, here in Egypt where internet seems made by pharaohs not because its majestity but  for it crappy condition.

That leaded us to take this terrible decision was the felling that we are loosing many things, places, people and experienceces we don not want to fall into oblivion. Facebook got small for us to tell and explain stories and we realize that people lost time to play candy crush if they read something big size, therefore if you are reading this for sure you are not among those who are playing candy crush.

  

This is our top 5 of countries choosen by finger and heart*

1- India:

A Color, smells and taste chaos. the best and the worst of the human being you can find it in 10 mts. any definition is meaningless. either you love it or you hate it, or just both at the same time.

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Allahabad, India, january 2013. the Sadhus of all over India gather at this celebration of the hinduism during the Rhumba Mela, the biggest religious celebration in the world. all in India is multitudinary.

2-New Zealand:

the most beautiful country we saw with one of the most civilized populations. All works good and its aboriginal culture is one of the most authentic of the world.

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A metaphor about how is New Zealand, a little boat called Liberty.

A metaphor of how is New Zealand, a little boat called liberty.

3-Indonesia:

Nice people,nice beaches, every island is a different culture under the same flag.

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Bromo volcano, Java. Indonesia has an intense volcanic activity because its location over the fire ring of the pacific.

4- Taiwan:

The devil never pass through Taiwan, its people don’t know evilness. we never saw a single taiwanese angry but only when we crashed the acrylic of a motorbike that was on the pathway by mistake and the owner try to make us pay for it.

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Taiwan east coast, the easiest country to hitch hike for far, we never wait more than 10 minutes, that talks about taiwanese hospitality.

5- Georgia:

the inventors of the wine must be in this top 5. humble and well educated people, generous , mountains, valleys, tasty food and cheap and above all too much history all comprised on a country of only 700 km wide.

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the mountains of Caucasus and its valleys.

Bonus Track:

Mongolia:

In the middle of the nowhere always there is a white rounded shape tent smoking, that’s Mongolia. and why so special ? is authentic , despite the progress is coming and maybe in the next generations will eat it up the 50 % of nomads that still lives on the steppes, plus they are buddhist, with all their color.

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the ger and the nothing, that is the typical postcard of Mongolia despite more families are moving to the big cities and the nomad tradition is losing away.

golden boot for Japan

the nippons are an example in matter of social order based on mutual respect, something that is losing its significance in western culture although this has a cost that is reflected on the social pressure that they suffer for don’t be out of tune. anyway is a little, pretty, clean, safe country.

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A japanese bride showing her dress at Ise, where the most sacred shintoist temple is.

*Este ranking esta sujeto a modificaciones

these ranking is subject to changes…

If we had a good internet connection, we would put more photos and fix some mistakes but computing is winning the race against us.

better times will come and more posts with it…

cheers ! Barbara and Dario.