Okay, I’m going back to Asia for another two months. You might ask what I’m going to do when I go there. Well, I intend on going to Laos, India, Australia and Bali for starters. Sometime in the next week or two I intend to start booking flights with Air Asia to move me around the Asian continent. I plan on spending a few days here and a few days there and a few days somewhere in between. My goals are to spend some time in about 8-10 different counties while I’m there. If I get to ten, the count may be up to 100 countries that I’ve visited. Here’s hoping… So why do I want to spend time outside of the United States? If you have to ask that question then whatever answer that I give probably wouldn’t satisfy you. But I’ll try – the Pyramids of Egypt, Chichen Itza, Pompeii, Mont St Michel, the Great Wall of China, Petra, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, St Peter’s Basilica, the Egyptian Museum, Dubrovnik, the Uffizi Gallery, Hong Kong, the Sistine Chapel, Angkor Wat, the Louvre Museum, the Canals of Venice, St Mark’s Basilica, the Kremlin, Chambord Chateau, the Acropolis, Jerusalem and Hagia Sofia. If the mere mention of any of those terms creates a stirring of any kind inside of you then realize that there are some people in whom that stirring is more intense. I’m one of those people. The ticket is paid for. The money is in the bank for the trip. Now I all I have to do is stay alive.
The hostel gang at Petra. We were all sitting around a fire waiting for transportation connections which were very slow in coming. The reason we were sitting around the fire was that it was the only heat in the building. Heat isn’t usually an issue in Jordan. Transportation connections weren’t coming very quickyly because the roads were closed. The guy waving at me is Oliver, a Canadian I was traveling with who wasn’t worried about missing his flight like most of the rest of the people at the hostel, so he’s all smiles.
Contray to popular belief, it snows in Petra, Jordan. A view from the hostel window.
Guess who? Guess where? Do I look like Indiana Jones? Okay, maybe not. Significance? There’s a reason why Petra is on my list of Top 10 places to go to see as far as the great sights of the world are concerned. It’s a city that was carved out of solid rock. When? Oh, sometime between 2,500 and 4,000 years ago people were building what was to become the incredible site that lies in Jordan. There are some places in the world that you have to see in person. This is one of them.
Guess who? Guess where?
The Petra Visitor’s Center. I considered getting to Petra a ‘Trip of a Lfetime’ but little did I know how truly significant it would be. The weather alone made it a memory I couldn’t forget.
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Guess who? Guess where? Notice the drops on the lens.
Oliver, a Canadian from Edmonton, travelled with me to Petra from Dahab, Egypt.
Guess who? Guess where? Jordan is cosidered to be a Jordan is a constitutional monarchy. It does have some form of representative government. Guess who the guys in the background are? King I and King II.