well…how is everyone? life in Jordan is no different then any other place…people are only people…with a language, a skin color or ideas that are different…but at the same time similar….

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Working Together…

Working Together...

Working together is important, we can accomplish so much more as a group…

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Journey to the Roof of the World…. Nepal, Himalaya Mountains

Reaching the summit of Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas was an achievement due to the blizzard that hit the afternoon we were on our way, we had to stop but we continued the next morning…. It created FIVE avalanches on the trail we had to cross…one before and four after…I honestly can’t say which was worst…LEECHES OR AVALANCHES…whatever the case I made it from beginning to end …I have to say I was extremely exhausted from making my way between rocks, boulders, trees , bushes and drifts of snow…never really knowing if I was going to hit a hollow part of the path and fall into a empty space between boulders that lay hidden under snow….

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Wadi Assa Jordan

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The Importance of Tea and Tea time…. after hiking 11 Kilometers…   the reward is relaxing and  sweet black tea flavored with  mint…in this case it was wild mint or sage that had been found along the hike…along with the stunning scenery and the reverberation of hikers chatting and laughing the word TEA “shia” reverberated though out the valley… the  gibber jabber was vitalized and intensified, and comrades  were created …all with  a gargantuan  golden tea pot … around a campfire … “Hamad had created harmony among man-kind….all with a pot of sweet black tea….”

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Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى‎ ‘Īd al-’Aḍḥá mini tour of Jordan

Well…yesterday I looked out and decided I was not going to wait until Monday to start my mini tour of Jordan… I would start at that moment because sometimes there is nothing better then the moment for doing …so I went off and took a leisurely drive south along and around the town of Wadi Seer up to my favorite look-out point…I sat enjoying the view of the valley where Iraq al Amir sits and the panoramic view of the Dead Sea area…as you can I see this place is up high on a mountain…I had stopped and gotten my special cup of starbuck coffee …so leisurely I enjoyed the view and my coffee…contemplating it all… NOW time to go down into the valley and visit a place that I have visited many times on picnics with friends and children….Iraq al Amir…..The Greek Castle of Iraq al Amir is located in the Wadi Seer Valley which is a short 10 kilometer drive west from the 8th circle which happens to be the division line between Amman and Wadi Seer. The remains date back to the 2nd century and instead of a moat, today Iraq al Amir is bordered by a wreckage of rocks that once formed the castle. Also, the gardens that once encircled the castle have been taken over by Jordanian homes and shrub. Nevertheless it is still an interesting site to visit for a lovely morning or afternoon trip of one of the very few Hellenistic sites existing in Jordan.After spending an enjoyable 2 hours walking around and photographing the area and again contemplating it all …I sat in the lovely rays of sunlight watching the children playing as children always play in any part of the world…laughing, shouting and running around chasing each other… For the ump time I had an interesting time at Iraq al Amir….

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Iraq al Amir —Amman- Wadi Seer Jordan

 The Greek Castle of Iraq al Amir is located in the Wadi Seer Valley which is a short 10 kilometer drive west from the 8th circle which happens to be the division line between Amman and Wadi Seer. The remains date back to the 2nd century and instead of a moat, today Iraq al Amir is bordered by a wreckage of rocks that once formed the castle. Also, the gardens that once encircled the castle have been taken over by Jordanian homes and shrub. Nevertheless it is still an interesting site to visit for a lovely morning or afternoon trip of one of the very few Hellenistic sites existing in Jordan.

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One Day Before “EID”

One day before “EID”… What happens one day before “EID”? Well! It’s the same as back home….it’s the same thing that happens one day before Christmas in the states or anywhere else for that matter where they are celebrating Christmas…even here in Jordan…yes we are all humans with the same attitudes, feelings, desires, hopes, needs and wants. We will live and we will all die…

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Life Around the World….”EID”

“EID” …well first what is “EID”

“Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى‎ ‘Īd al-’Aḍḥá, IPA: [ʕiːd al ʔadˁˈħaː], “feast of sacrifice“) or “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma’il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead.[1]

Eid al-Adha is the latter of two Eid festivals celebrated by Muslims, whose basis comes from Sura 2 (Al-Baqara) Ayah 196 in the Qur’an.[2] Like Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha begins with a Wajib prayer of two Raka’ah (units) followed by a sermon (khuṭbah).

The word “Eid” appears in Sura al-Mai’da (“The Table Spread,” Chapter 5) of the Qur’an, meaning ‘solemn festival’.[3]

Eid al-Adha is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah (ذو الحجة) of the lunar Islamic calendar.[4] Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. The date is approximately 70 days (2 Months & 10 days) after the end of the month of Ramadan, i.e. Eid-ul-Fitr. Ritual observance of the holiday lasts until sunset of the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.[5]“….From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Having almost a week off… was great…time to buy my flight to Turkey…My plan was to bike along the sea-coast of Turkey with a friend….but suddenly mother nature struck…earthquakes in Turkey…I decided that I didn’t want to enter Turkey , not being sure as to what I might find…After debating as to where I might go I decided Sirlanka…I had moved too slow…no tickets available… …This is when I said to myself…let’s tour Jordan…yes…let’s tour Jordan!

So, on Monday we are off to Lot’s Cave which was discovered in 1991. This church-cave-monastery sits in the hills east of Ghoras-Safi which is at the end of the Dead Sea…  In ancient time the area below the hills was known as Zoar. After the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah Lot, Abraham’s nephew moved to the cave with his daughters… Keep tuned will post some photos soon…

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