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This morning we arrived in Aqaba Jordan.
We hadn't heard very much about this place so didn't know what to expect.
Well what a shock to the system.
We berthed amidst bare brown mountain ranges & brown buildings.
The ship provided free shuttles into the city so we decided to go.
It was a 15 minute ride to the park in town.
When you were trying to get out of the bus the taxi drivers were there offering a good ...
... out day. We got to Masada and went up to the top in the cable car, both Cindy and I are scared of heights so this was a bit of a harrowing experience, I found it wasn't as bad as some I have been on as the cable car had about 80 people in it - so you didn't really even have to look anywhere if you didn't want to - it also went up quite slowly. Masada is a fortress that Herod built and one of its claims to fame is that about AD 70 the Jews that were living there when ...
... youth that have just served the 2 obligatory time in the Israeli military. It takes up to 2 months to complete and before going they arrange all the food drops at various points so they don't get distracted from walking... Sounds like a great adventure to embark on! That night we had dinner with some Israeli friends and family of Shay and prepared our departure tomorrow morning early... off to see the rest of Israel!
... had done nothing to check what was due to happen on that night. The result was something completely unsuitable, especially for a tour aimed at families.
There are many of these camps. Unlike some we had individual tents, so I had a fairly large tent to myself. A mattress, pillows and blankets were provided. However, due to the cold I ended up trying to sleep in all my clothes, including my fleece. Another problem was the tents actually had electric lights, but ...
... people read books and others played a game of football in the carpark. It was around 12pm when we were shuffled onto the ferry. Again it was quite weird because we got to bypass the big queue and just walk on to the ferry!
We then waited until 4:30pm before the ferry actually departed, but we did catch a break, by being offered the “distinguished persons” room on the ferry (meant we didn’t have to slum it with the ...