Whereas many perceive the Black Desert as a place of death, I see it rich with life! With a sturdy 4by4, some extra gasoline, spare tires, water, and the company of experienced friends, I went in an off-road adventure to find out how the Black Desert provided the early settlers with the necessary means of survival. But what I saw surpassed all my initial expectations!
A lot is already said about Jordan’s Jewel; Wadi Rum “the like of which was never created in the land”. All I can say “if you are looking for a place far from the hubbub of the city, Rum is the place to be”. What better than a breathtaking landscape with its amazing soothing colors, incredible night sky, and the great company of the Bedouins. To me, a day in the desert… Read More
With only two more in the world; Farafra in Egypt, Lençóis Maranhenses in Brazil, Jordan is home to the third unique white desert in the world.
John Muir once said “of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt”. I listened. Whereas most of his dirt paths were in the green vegetation of California, mine are in the Middle Eastern deserts. Nonetheless, the outcomes are one; endless joy and many discoveries; the best components of an adventure 🙂
“The view which the Mujib represents is very striking … the valley looks like a deep chasm formed by some convulsion of the earth into which there seems no possibility of descending to the bottom.” (J.L. Burckhardt, 1812) quoted in “Trekking and Canyoning in the Jordanian Dead Sea Rift” by Itai Haviv
Jordan is truly an open air museum; everywhere you turn, there is beauty whether in its diverse landscapes or multitude of archeological ruins. Like any museum, the only way to really appreciate the art is to wander from one masterpiece to the other, pause before the ones that strike a cord and enjoy the emotions and thoughts they trigger. During my exploration of Jordan, I come across many of its most popular… Read More
10/2/2017 Some say, it’s the location of the biblical meteor that hit Earth 10.000 years ago, others argue that it’s a volcanic crater, and then there are those who reject both theories and say that Waqf As Suwwan is a fold came into being due to Earth compressions. Whatever theory you choose to adapt, they are all extremely interesting and worth further investigation. I, however, left all controversy surrounding Waqf As… Read More
Northern Badia; Safawi Iraqi Border with Jordan 6.1.2017 I left Amman with a hiking team from Jordan early on a Friday heading towards the Northern Badia Desert “Safawi” to see the one and only standing Tree; Al Biqyawiyya, but the desert has more surprises to offer!