Entrance to the Shoubak castle
It was time to finally end my Jordan episode. Not an easy thought, considering that I had some of the best days of my life in the past few days. It was almost like someone took a full length movie of the best times of your life, and compressed it into a 5-day trailer. But, like all good things, this had to come to an end too.   ==================================================================== Read: Check out my images from Petra, the pink city! ==================================================================== I was spending way under budget this whole trip, so I made a ‘rich’ move on the last day. The […]

Through a forgotten castle: Shoubak, Jordan

Orthodox church of St. John the Baptist. 2
So after our cave-sleeping episode with the bedouins, we woke up early in the morning and went back to Nawwaf’s house to change clothes. Yeah, we smelled like cattle and wood and smoke. After a shower, I realized that a shower did absolutely nothing to help with the smell, because it was my jacket that was smelling like a camel ever since I wore it last day. I had no other jackets with me, and there was not enough time to wash it too. Well, this was Jordan, and the smell of camels was everywhere, so no harm done to anybody’s […]

Dead sea, Gabriel’s wings, and Bethany: Jordan

Vendors in Petra 2
So, after we started from the home of our couchsurfing host, I boarded his Nissan truck for a short 15-minute ride from his home to the Petra entrance, along with Gabriel, another Mexican couchsurfer who was staying with my host. I hopped on the open back of the truck, to take some pictures. Read about couchsurfing with the Bedouins, here! Nawwaf is the archetypical example of Bedouin huge-heartedness, as he stopped at every person walking on the road, and asked if they wanted a lift. And soon, I was sharing the open back with a kid called Mohammed. He spoke […]

The Pink City : Petra

Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon 2
Everybody is doing it. So, I might as well.   To recount a year is difficult, and especially when it is a year like 2013 which was nothing short of momentous. I checked my hard disk to find out that I have travelled to a total of 14 countries this year, and the total pictures in my hard disk totalled up to 32000! So, what better way to recount a year, than to show it in pictures.   January The Thaipusam festival is one of the most bizarre festivals that one can imagine. I have been wanting to check out […]

2013: My year in travel photos

Bedouin cave in Wadi Musa 2
After a day in Amman, and another around it, I was finally raring to go to Petra. ‘Raring’ is rather too subtle, given that I woke up at 4 AM to get ready for a minivan ride to Petra. Kojak, who drove me to Jerash, was going on a ride to Petra already, so I joined him on the drive. Given that a bus would have cost 9 JD anyway, it was worth it to go with him for only 10 JD. So, we set off by 6 AM, with a couple of other people from the hostel. I was […]

‘Cave-surfing’ with the Bedouins : Wadi Musa, Jordan

jerash, performers, bagpipe, jordan, travel 2
I am still in Amman as I write this, and had one more day before I head to Petra and Wadi Musa. And was unsure of what to do for the whole day, since I had pretty much covered Amman entirely the previous day. Thankfully, the hostel I was staying in, had a tour organised for the day, heading towards Jerash. I had wanted to visit Jerash using public transport, but given my lazy disposition and Amman’s hard, cold climate, I decided to bite the bullet and joined the tour. Our tour-guide was a huge, bald Jordanian, who I called Kojak from the […]

Chasing snow in Jordan: Through Umm Qais, Ajloun and Jerash.

Petra beer in Jordan
So, after the fiasco last night with the flight, I was asleep in Amman like a blissful log. The Jordan Tower hotel, was located in the historic region of downtown Amman, next to the Roman amphitheatre and the Nymphaeum. I choose it for the location, its proximity to everything important in Amman, and more importantly, because it was the cheapest among the options that hostelworld gave me. Woke up in the morning to the most glorious view ever, that of historic Amman looking up at me, with all its hustle and bustle. The view was so amazing, that I decided that […]

Of Citadels and Amphitheatres: A day in Amman, Jordan