From Israel to Jordan: Sneak Peek

BY ONEIKA RAYMOND

Just back from an extended weekend to Berlin, I’m jetting off on whirlwind trip through Scandinavia and the Baltics with  Busabout tomorrow. No doubt about it, the trip will be one of epic proportions- the 8-day bus and boat journey will take me through 5 gorgeous European capitals (Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Stockholm, and Helsinki). Despite this, my recent trip to Israel and Jordan is still on my mind.  Liebling and I spent just two weeks there last month, walking through remarkably beautiful landscapes, sampling ridiculously good Middle Eastern food, and producing massive amounts of sweat (obvious when you travel to the desert in July).

Israel and Jordan hits you with culture, history, and religion like a slap in the face.  I’m not believer, but this sojourn made me contemplate my faith.  The trip from Israel to Jordan was two weeks but seemed longer; the intensity of the journey was burning, sizzling, crackling hot just like the 40-degree celcius temperatures that bore down on us day by day.

We lounged on the beaches of Tel Aviv, traced Jesus’ steps in Jerusalem, floated in the dead sea.  In Jordan we rode camels through the desert, slept in a bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, and hung out in Petra, just like Indiana Jones once did.

A sneak peek of our time in Israel and Jordan- many more words and pictures to come!


Which is your favourite photo of our trip from Israel to Jordan?  Have you ever been to either country?  Would you ever go?

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  • My favourite photo is your third one, with the domes. I’ve wanted to go to Israel since I was in my teens. Back then it was more of a spiritual thing, a pilgrimage. Many of my friends from back then are now living in Israel, as is much of my family. I’d like to go but I worry about going in terms of safety. In reality, I think I’ll probably go to lots of other places first before I go to Israel.

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    • Funnily enough I felt completely safe while there. It was so touristy, it shocked me.

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  • I’ve been to both countries and I really loved them. Such an eye opening experience for me. My favourite is the golden dome picture, it’s gorgeous !

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  • It’s hard to choose just one favorite, but the 2nd picture of you is amazing! You’ve captured some really cool scenes. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!!

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    • Honestly, the pictures don’t do Israel and Jordan justice!! So beautiful!

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  • Oneika,

    Has to be the Wadi Rum picture. Wadi Rum is so vast and magical. The red sand and mountains to match are marvelous everytime I go.

    Glad you had such a great trip.

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  • I love the photo that you took of Petra! I have always wanted to visit there, but I am currently a student right now. So hopefully when i do my study abroad next year, I will be able to visit most of the places that I want to go to.

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  • so jealous you have been to petra! dreaming about this place since years… once i am back to europe, i am going for sure! great shots!

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  • the description of your trip made me dream about going there someday!!! I always think of Petra and Indiana Jones! I thought I was the only one w that “issue” haha

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