Friday, January 7
Despite Friday being the Middle East equivalent of a Sunday (ie lots of things were closed) we ran around Dubai all day and saw a ton - skiing, the souks, a traditional boat ride, the Burj al Arab, the fountain and light show at the Dubai Mall, and dinner with the Slomaks at the Park Hyatt. Exhausting but a fun day! (See post, Desert Skiing)
Saturday, January 8
|Wadi Musa, Jordan|
Sunday, January 9
|Woo! Petra tomb strip show.|
We woke up early and were at the gates of Petra by 7:30am, where we purchased our exorbitant 50 JD ($75) entrance tickets. We spent the day exploring Petra and having tea and sheesha with two Beduin teenagers. (See post Indiana Jesse). We had dinner at a shwarma joint near the hotel where we met up with some people from the hotel and went to an Internet cafe where the power went out mid-internetting.
Monday, January 10
Wadi Rum, Jordan
We shared a taxi to Wadi Rum with two guys from our hotel, and were picked up by Nial (the son of the owner of Bedouin Life Camp) at the Visitor Center. He took us back to the camp where we spent the day with his uncle, Awar. We had breakfast, did a little hiking/rock climbing, saw camel races, had lunch at Awar's house, and cruised around the desert in the back of his pickup truck. Dinner was "beduuin chicken and rice" and we somehow managed to stay warm in the freezing cold tent, sleeping under a pile of blankets. (See post A Four Hour (Desert Jeep Safari) Tour)
Tuesday, January 11
|The view from our hotel room patio.|
We woke up at 5:30 am and Nial dropped us off at an early morning locals bus to Aqaba. It was a long, long day of travel - see Parting the Red Sea. Luckily, when we finally arrived at the Le Meridian, the resort was nice, the staff wonderful, our room luxurious and the Thai curry (the cheapest thing we could have for dinner at the hotel) delicious.
Wednesday, January 12
After breakfast at the hotel (the buffet was expensive so we ordered these a la cart Jean George V dishes which were very over-ambitious), we went to the dive shop where we had to do a "refresher dive" and refresher test since we hadn't dove in a while. Our dive master Abdel took us through putting our gear together and out on a shore dive right from the hotel beach. Afterwards we shared a sandwich and some amazing mango juice at the beach restaurant and relaxed by the beach. We went into town in the evening and had dinner at Shark - a bunch of mezze, lentil soup, a chicken tagen and fruit. Its low season so all the restaurants are really empty and are desperately offering specials.
Thursday, January 13
|Dave during his safety stop.|