middle east

Jerash (Jordan, part IV)

January 10, 2009
Jordan - Jerash

On our 4th and last day in Jordan we visited Jerash, which is about 50 km (30 miles) north of Amman, and is considered one of the largest and most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside of Italy.  It once had a Roman population of 15,000 to 20,000. We entered the […]

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Dead Sea, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, and Amman (Jordan, part III)

January 8, 2009
Jordan - Madaba

Day 3 in Jordan was spent visiting the Dead Sea, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, and a short drive to see the Roman theatre in the old part of Amman. First we went to Madaba which is reknowned for its Byzantine-era mosaics.  Here is the most famous one in St. George’s Church – it was unearthed in […]

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Wadi Rum (Jordan, part II)

January 6, 2009
Jordan - Wadi Rum

The next day, we spent a half day at Wadi Rum which was made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. Unlike the desert of Dubai (which is flat), the desert area of Wadi Rum is hilly – great for rock climbing! – and the scenery is quite spectacular.  We hired a driver to take us around […]

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Petra (Jordan, part I)

January 4, 2009
Jordan - Petra

In early December, Scotch and I decided to get the heck out of Dubai for a few days since we had 3 days off due to one of the Eid holidays.  After considering a few places like Maldives, Eqypt, Turkey, we settled on Jordan.  We flew Emirates from Dubai to Amman (3.5 hours) and then drove […]

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Bahrain – Part II

September 27, 2008
crested crane

Besides Manama, my friends and I were also able to see other parts of Bahrain. We hired a driver with a black Ford Expedition and visited the following sites in under 4 hours: This is King Fahd Causeway linking Bahrain with Saudi Arabia. It was completed in November 1986 at a cost of US$1.2 billion […]

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Bahrain

September 25, 2008
Bahrain World Trade Center

Sorry for being absent in the blogosphere the last month. I’ve been so caught up with work that I have been neglecting practically everything in my life. Thanks for all the comments that have been left on this site – still no luck on the bubble tea search but the tip about the new Korean […]

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