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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Jordan | A Slow Stride into the Lost City of Petra

“A rose-red city half as old as time,” poet John William Burgon has said of it in his 1845 Newdigate Prize winning poem Petra.

Concealed from the rest of the world for many centuries before made famous by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812, the ancient city of Petra dishes a unique attraction emphasized by its rock-cut architecture where old settlements, royal tombs, temples, and palaces were directly hewn out of massive rock walls.

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Unlikeliness of Being a Speck in the Vast Otherworldly Setting of Wadi Rum

The landscape of Wadi Rum almost empties your soul of worldly worries. Looking at the immense rolling hills entwined with chiseled canyons and sand dunes blemished by camel footprints, one is reminded of the words of British archaeologist, military officer, and diplomat Thomas Edward Lawrence more famously known as Lawrence of Arabia, when he described Wadi Rum as “vast, echoing, and God-like.