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Turtles on the Coast: Oman

The piggies decided to go to Oman only after a visit to the embassy to get extra pages in their passport (they only had one left) and once they were set up with a friend of a friend for a free place to stay (because Oman is horribly expensive and there are no hostels).

The first day they went to the grand mosque
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Then they hung out with an Omani guy, Hamad, friend of their host
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And helped their host, David, shop for a camping trip. That's where they discovered this gem: western products made more acceptable to a conservative audience
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Camping: They left Muscat their second day in Oman and drove south to Sur where they went camping on the beach.

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The wind was too strong so they tents didn't stay up
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But they found a baby sea turtle!

on their way back they tried, "karak," a tea famous in the Gulf. But they weren't crazy about it....

on their way back they tried, "karak," a tea famous in the Gulf. But they weren't crazy about it....


they also tried traditional Omani food where you sit on the floor and eat from a giant platter with your hands

they also tried traditional Omani food where you sit on the floor and eat from a giant platter with your hands


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Posted by gabell 20.09.2014 05:48 Archived in Oman Comments (0)

Forgotten Piggies

An assortment of piggie photos from my phone I forgot to upload

British Mandate of Palestine passport

British Mandate of Palestine passport

Stamps from a British Mandate of Palestine passport including an exit visa from Nazi Germany

Stamps from a British Mandate of Palestine passport including an exit visa from Nazi Germany

Arab fried chicken, Palestine

Arab fried chicken, Palestine

expat food in Amman

expat food in Amman

Souq

Souq

Amman, Jordan. Bees in the souq

Amman, Jordan. Bees in the souq

Aqaba dip

Aqaba dip

Posted by gabell 19.09.2014 21:58 Archived in Jordan Comments (0)

Wadi Rum

After Petra, the piggies headed to Wadi Rum, the most famous valley in Jordan

sand dunes in the desert

sand dunes in the desert


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They did a jeep tour with a company
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And stayed at a campsite with bedouins

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sunset in the desert

sunset in the desert

stars

stars

Posted by gabell 17.09.2014 00:39 Archived in Jordan Comments (1)

The Piggies Finally Visit Petra

No trip to the Middle East is complete without a trip to Petra.

It's quite expensive to enter, 50JD or about 70USD for tourists in Jordan. If you are Jordanian it's a whopping 1JD (less than 2USD) and if you come over from Israel from a day trip its something like 90JD. The ticket is good for the whole day which started making sense once we entered and realized how big the place is.

Here are some select photos from the walk within the park:

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Mr. Knightley kitties living in the rocks in Petra!

Mr. Knightley kitties living in the rocks in Petra!

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Ta da!

Ta da!


Even better than the pictures

Even better than the pictures

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Posted by gabell 12.09.2014 09:34 Archived in Jordan Comments (0)

Road to Petra

The piggies began their Jordanian journey in Amman

Amman

Amman

Amman is okay. Maybe better for working in than being a tourist. But the Roman ruins at the top of the city were nice

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So the piggies convinced their friend, Alex, to accompany them down south to Petra. They wanted to go straight to Petra but ended up accidentally joining a tour down King's Highway. It was a full day traveling to Petra because they stopped many places on the way.

Including these ruins they can't remember the name of:
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weee! Finally alcohol in the middle east!

weee! Finally alcohol in the middle east!

Some nice views:
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And Karak castle, one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant, which was built in 1140 (or at least began in 1140).

Castle Karak

Castle Karak

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Storming the castle

Storming the castle

All in all, a nice excursion, but nothing in comparison to Petra....coming next :)

Posted by gabell 11.09.2014 09:28 Archived in Jordan Comments (0)

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