Umm Qais and the Sea of Galilee

Umm Qais or Umm Qays is a town in northern Jordan known for the ancient Greco-Roman ruins of Gadara. By the way – ‘Umm’ means ‘Mother of …’ and ‘Abu’ means ‘Father of …’. In Arab culture it’s tradition that mother and father get named after the first born – so if the child’s name…

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Madaba: City of Mosaics and a Story about a Rug

As you may have noticed from some of my other blog articles, Jordan has plenty of religious and historical places to uncover.  Just to mention some: there is Mount Nebo, the peak where Moses finally found the Promise Land, the Baptism Side, where Jesus was baptized by John, but also many other places with stories…

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Ma’in Hot Springs: Wellness Oasis in the Desert

Two years ago, when Stefan (my husband) and I were exploring Dead Sea area, we discovered plenty of steep Wadis, beautiful canyons down to Dead Sea. Among the most impressive ones: Wadi Ma’in with its Hot Springs. That time we only spent a couple of hours there to catch a glimpse of the waterfalls and…

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Beirut: Street Life and Lebanese Food Style

Actually, Beirut was never on my bucket list, but since living in Jordan, where it is just an hour flight away, I got curious. After almost two and a half years I did it. Finally. I heard many different stories about the city – that it should be more western and mixed of cultures than…

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Wadi Rum: Hike to Jordan’s Highest Mountain

After our first day Jeep tour, find the story in my last article ‘Wadi Rum: A Bedouin Lifestyle’, the second day started with traditional Arabic breakfast (hummus, lebaneh, zaatar, etc.) totally what I needed before the hike. Musa, that’s the name of our Bedouin guide, picked us up with his ‘Monkey’, a very cool old…

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