Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jordan- Madaba

Things have been really busy since I got back from vacation last week. I've switched from days to nights, with OT thrown in, and the last week has flown by. I'm planning on doing several blogs and posting some photos taken during my 2 week vacation in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

I met my close friend Jen at the airport in Amman- she had a long flight from Chicago. We got a driver and headed to Madaba which is outside of Amman, and is actually a Christian town. We had booked 2 nights at the Miriam hotel- which was basic, but great. Naturally, we headed to the hotel's bar for some legal alcohol, and ended up meeting a couple American guys who were in Jordan learning Arabic.

The next day we woke up, and headed to St George's Church to view the oldest mosaic map of Palestine. It was pretty cool to be in a church after so many months spent in Saudi. We toured Madaba, and ended up meeting up with our new US friends later in the afternoon. We drove past Mt Nebo, and to Bethany on the River where it is said that Jesus was baptized. It was hotter then hot that day!!After the baptism site we drove to the Dead Sea- which was pretty hazy, but went to a Panoramic overlook, and had dinner as the sunset over the Dead Sea. Pretty much a perfect travel day!!

St George's Church- Madaba. Oldest mosaic map of Palestine.

Madaba Jordan.

The site of Jesus Baptism- Bethany, Jordan

Amazing sunset over the Dead Sea.

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