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1. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

Hello everyone,

As of last Wednesday I returned to Canada from nearly two months in the Middle East; specifically Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. It was an amazing time. I spent three weeks in Egypt, two in Jordan, and one-and-half in Syria. I've only heard stories and "news" reports about the area; an incredible experience to see it, taste it, and live it for myself.

Egypt was the first stop and we saw everything from the Great Pyramids to the Monolithic Damn of Aswan in the South and everything in between. I didn't like Egypt as much as the other countries... hard to place an exact reason on it but partly I would say it is the constant battling with the millions of other tourists.

Jordan was fantastic. I spent 5 days on the sweaty back of a camel in the Wadi Rum. I have fallen in love with camels. Mine was a little temperamental, always making guttural sounds at me when I would try to get on or off but in the end he was a peach. After the camels we made our way to Petra... same thing as Egypt though; Amazing sight and as such 10 million other people are right along side you. Not to mention that with the recent mentioning of Petra as a Wonder of the World the visitor rates have increased "a touch". Also in Jordan I went to a re-enactment of chariot racing in Jerash. A fun show in amongst the ancient ruins. Of course I went on the obligatory visit to the Dead Sea; I was reluctant at first to go but it was well worth it and an amazing experience... it can't really be described with any kind of justice. You must feel it for yourself. After the Dead Sea I spent a few days in the Dana Nature Reserve, one of Jordan's National Parks. A really great place for hiking, seeing wild-life, and helping locals out.

Syria was also amazing, tourism is understandably down in Syria with the recent attacks by Israel, so it made for open spaces all around. We saw as much of the country as we could. Walking through ancient Roman ruins that are not restored and not covered with merchandise. We made our way as far east as Mari which is about 25km from the Iraq border.. it felt a little un-nerving there but there was no tangible reason for it. We worked along the North and North-West; along the Dead Cities.

I learned a little Arabic.. but it's very hard. I've been able to pick quite a bit of Spanish, and also managed with Russian not to badly but Arabic I had a hard time grasping.

Just thought I'd share a bit with you.
Salam and good evening to you

Brendan

2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 8y

Sounds like you had a fantastic time !! Did you get to Siwa in Egypt, that was one of my favourite places there...... Less tourists there then the usual places but that could also be down to timing, We were there in 2004 during Ramadan...

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Hi B!

Sounds like you had a fantastic time--it shows through everything you write. Do you have pics to share??

And you may not like being back, but we've certainly missed you!

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

I put up a few pictures if you are interested

5. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 8y

Quoting Brendan

Hello everyone,

As of last Wednesday I returned to Canada from nearly two months in the Middle East; specifically Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. It was an amazing time. I spent three weeks in Egypt, two in Jordan, and one-and-half in Syria. I've only heard stories and "news" reports about the area; an incredible experience to see it, taste it, and live it for myself.

Egypt was the first stop and we saw everything from the Great Pyramids to the Monolithic Damn of Aswan in the South and everything in between. I didn't like Egypt as much as the other countries... hard to place an exact reason on it but partly I would say it is the constant battling with the millions of other tourists.

Jordan was fantastic. I spent 5 days on the sweaty back of a camel in the Wadi Rum. I have fallen in love with camels. Mine was a little temperamental, always making guttural sounds at me when I would try to get on or off but in the end he was a peach. After the camels we made our way to Petra... same thing as Egypt though; Amazing sight and as such 10 million other people are right along side you. Not to mention that with the recent mentioning of Petra as a Wonder of the World the visitor rates have increased "a touch". Also in Jordan I went to a re-enactment of chariot racing in Jerash. A fun show in amongst the ancient ruins. Of course I went on the obligatory visit to the Dead Sea; I was reluctant at first to go but it was well worth it and an amazing experience... it can't really be described with any kind of justice. You must feel it for yourself. After the Dead Sea I spent a few days in the Dana Nature Reserve, one of Jordan's National Parks. A really great place for hiking, seeing wild-life, and helping locals out.

Syria was also amazing, tourism is understandably down in Syria with the recent attacks by Israel, so it made for open spaces all around. We saw as much of the country as we could. Walking through ancient Roman ruins that are not restored and not covered with merchandise. We made our way as far east as Mari which is about 25km from the Iraq border.. it felt a little un-nerving there but there was no tangible reason for it. We worked along the North and North-West; along the Dead Cities.

I learned a little Arabic.. but it's very hard. I've been able to pick quite a bit of Spanish, and also managed with Russian not to badly but Arabic I had a hard time grasping.

Just thought I'd share a bit with you.
Salam and good evening to you

Brendan

It seems you missed Iran

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6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

Unfortunately there was a significant lack of time and money to continue into Iran.

7. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 8y

Quoting Brendan

Hello everyone,

As of last Wednesday I returned to Canada from nearly two months in the Middle East; specifically Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. It was an amazing time. I spent three weeks in Egypt, two in Jordan, and one-and-half in Syria. I've only heard stories and "news" reports about the area; an incredible experience to see it, taste it, and live it for myself.

Egypt was the first stop and we saw everything from the Great Pyramids to the Monolithic Damn of Aswan in the South and everything in between. I didn't like Egypt as much as the other countries... hard to place an exact reason on it but partly I would say it is the constant battling with the millions of other tourists.

Jordan was fantastic. I spent 5 days on the sweaty back of a camel in the Wadi Rum. I have fallen in love with camels. Mine was a little temperamental, always making guttural sounds at me when I would try to get on or off but in the end he was a peach. After the camels we made our way to Petra... same thing as Egypt though; Amazing sight and as such 10 million other people are right along side you. Not to mention that with the recent mentioning of Petra as a Wonder of the World the visitor rates have increased "a touch". Also in Jordan I went to a re-enactment of chariot racing in Jerash. A fun show in amongst the ancient ruins. Of course I went on the obligatory visit to the Dead Sea; I was reluctant at first to go but it was well worth it and an amazing experience... it can't really be described with any kind of justice. You must feel it for yourself. After the Dead Sea I spent a few days in the Dana Nature Reserve, one of Jordan's National Parks. A really great place for hiking, seeing wild-life, and helping locals out.

Syria was also amazing, tourism is understandably down in Syria with the recent attacks by Israel, so it made for open spaces all around. We saw as much of the country as we could. Walking through ancient Roman ruins that are not restored and not covered with merchandise. We made our way as far east as Mari which is about 25km from the Iraq border.. it felt a little un-nerving there but there was no tangible reason for it. We worked along the North and North-West; along the Dead Cities.

I learned a little Arabic.. but it's very hard. I've been able to pick quite a bit of Spanish, and also managed with Russian not to badly but Arabic I had a hard time grasping.

Just thought I'd share a bit with you.
Salam and good evening to you

Brendan

love to see your images