Dubai 2011

Dubai 2011

We happened to visit Dubai almost by chance in December 2010. We were visiting India and had to change our tickets at the last minute due to a change in my schedule and the only tickets we could get required a 4-day halt in Dubai. We jumped on the chance...
[2008, 2009]: Jordan and Israel

[2008, 2009]: Jordan and Israel

We visited Jordan and Israel in 2008/2009. Our journey started in Amman, Jordan from where we went to Petra. A highlight was a visit to Petra at night on December 31, 2008 – what a lovely way to start 2009! From Petra, we went to Wadi Rum and finally crossed...
[2007]: Thailand, Laos and Cambodia

[2007]: Thailand, Laos and Cambodia

We visited Thailand, Laos and Cambodia in 2007. The planning started with a desire to visit the famed temples of Angkor in Cambodia and our planning led us to this three week journey to places that stole our hearts forever … Bangkok, Thailand Nov 15: And… We’re Off Nov 17:...
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Wadi Rum

When we got to our room, we took our cold/cough medications, a shower and went to sleep. I woke up at 2 AM and tried to sleep until 5 AM with no luck. At 5 AM, we both were up for good. Since dawn had just started to break, I went up to the terrace...

Petra: Higher Places

I woke up 4 hours later at 7:30 AM. The antibiotics were finally working and my throat did not ache as much. Heena was absolutely fine – which means she had enough energy to make up for the time we spent sick. We ate a longish breakfast and at 10 AM were at the gates...

Al-Deir (The Monastry)

The route to the Monastery is uphill on stone steps carved into the rock. The climb to the Monastery is arduous. Bedouin kids all along the way will try to sweet talk you into giving them 1 JD for a few postcards. These kids run up and down the hill all day long! Where do...

The lost city of Petra

We started our day at 6 AM. After a quick breakfast, Atta, the owner of the hotel dropped us off at the Petra visitors center. We wanted to get an early start so we avoid the busloads of tourists. We got tickets (26 JD per person) and also paid for a guide for 4 hours...

Petra by night

At 8 PM, Qasam, the manager of the guesthouse, dropped us off at the Petra visitors center. We were going to do the Petra By Night tour. There were quite a few people. The tour started promptly at 8:30 PM. The tickets need to be pre-arranged but our guest house had them arranged for us....

Amman to Petra

Our day started pretty early. I was up at 4 AM and Heena at 5. We left the hotel at 5:45 to head to the JETT office. The only cab driver around charged us a princely sum of 5 JD for a 3 minute ride. JETT is a company in Jordan that runs “luxury” buses...

Two days in Amman

December 30th, 2009 I woke up at 2:45 AM. After tossing and turning for the next three hours I decided I’ve had enough and got out of bed, made some coffee and decided to just start the day. Heena got up as well. As we sipped our coffee (nescafe instant coffee, but strong, Arabic style...

Welcome to Amman!

Or Philadelphia! No! We did not catch the wrong plane or think that Amman and Philly are the same city! Amman, was once called Philadelphia by Ptolemey II Philadelphius. Over the years the name changed to Amman – how you get from Philadelphia to Amman (as in the name), I have no idea. We arrived...

Bangkok Highlights

Bangkok Highlights: The good: River express boat rides BTS Skytrain. I love the way they announced the names of the stops. Views of Bangkok were nice Street food! Walking along Sukhumvit Erawan Shrine The feel of the city: Blend of asia and west. Tuk tuk rides (yes, I know it is touristy, but it reminded...

Back to Bangkok

Even though we were booked on a flight at 1 pm, there are many flights from SR to BKK everyday (all by Bangkok Airways) and we hoped to get onto an earlier one. We were at the airport at 7:30 am and were able to get seats on a flight at 9:50 am. We walked...

Kompong Polok

This was our last full day in Siem Reap. We kept this day largely unplanned and just wanted to see some of Siem Reap and, if possible, the Cambodian countryside. In the morning, we woke up and went to The Blue Pumpkin for coffee and breakfast. The coffee and croissant was OK. It was nice...

Cambodia Day 3

OK, this is going to be long. Go grab a coffee! Dara was back as our guide today. The agenda for the day was to visit some far off temples, less frequented by visitors. The itinerary for the day was: Kbal Spean Bantey Srei Beng Mealea Rolous group of temples (Lo Lai, Preah Ko, Bakheng)...