Monthly Archives: April 2013

Umm Qais

Spent a fascinating day looking through the ruins at Umm Qais. The day included lunch on the terrace with a view of the Golan Heights, Israel, and the Sea of Galilee. The only negative was distant “thuds” from Syria. I’m … Continue reading

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Sheikh Duncan

We had a drink tonight at the British Club in Amman. Ironically, the only hint that we were in the right place was a sign on the street saying “Not Parking for the British Club”. This is one of those … Continue reading

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The Zen of Travel

I love travel. The bustle of the airport, the anticipation of the departure lounge, the caress of economy seating. Obviously I’m lying. Discovering new countries is exciting. The process of getting there; not so much. I often wonder if we … Continue reading

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T Minus Zero

About to depart. Almost packed. More updates to follow.

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Not What it Seems

One thing I love about travel is figuring out how things work. You are constantly exposed to new people, new ideas and new puzzles. After a while, you get a pretty good idea of what’s going on. But other times, … Continue reading

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Not What I Expected

I woke up yesterday to find ten centimeters of snow, slush and ice pellets in my driveway. Spring may be here in theory, but in practice it still looks far too much like winter. But in three days we will … Continue reading

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Jamal’s Favourite Landmark

Some pictures really don’t need an explanation.

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Wine Sippy Cup – Part II

My earlier report of a new tradition in the Jordanian expat community has generated a bit of interest. In case you haven’t been following this blog, I reported that people have been seen riding camels through the desert, drinking wine … Continue reading

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The Countdown Continues

Only five days till we depart for Jordan. Trying hard to be patient and stay focused on everything that needs to be finished before I leave. Mostly succeeding. I’ll leave you with this picture from Petra. The rather stoic looking … Continue reading

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Ride a Camel through the Desert, Drinking Wine

True story! In some of the more eccentric expat circles in Jordan, a new tradition has taken hold. Visitors are enjoying a glass of wine, while riding a camel through the desert. If you have ever ridden a camel, you … Continue reading

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