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... back to the hill the Israelites were on... over that hill that led back to Jerusalem.
Stirring stuff! What a moment, what a place, what a victory... All in a relatively close area.
Back in the car, shaking with excitement we continued on turning the next corner to see the site of the next biblical event.
A sign pointed to the Cave of Machpelah... Wow, let's head there to the spot of Abraham and all the fathers burial place. Sadly we discovered it ...
... back at 9:30. Even with Egyptian time I assumed that would mea closer to 10:30, but by 11am we were being brought out tea and asked to sit and relax while all we thought of was that the three of us still needed to pack, shower and check out before noon. I don't stress out about time anymore. I noticed that on our way back when Chen couldn't be focused on her tea, on the road, on just enjoying the moment. That was me. Filled with anxiety over punctuality. ...
... sailing can cost us $AUD500+ at times! And the Easter break = 10 days annual leave used for a total of 3 weeks leave for the other half...win, win, win!!! In my real life I'm a nurse, annual leave is reason I work and with 6 weeks a year on offer, I'm all about using it!! So why am I in Israel when that wasn't on the itinerary??...Again, another romantic notion of mine and the feeling of adrenaline one must feel being on The Great Race, we didn't go mad and do a mad ...
... Unlike in the movie, the spring at which Lawrence was first confronted by Faiysal is not a well, but rather a spring at the top of a very steep cliffside covered by boulders ranging from melon to VW size. Our guide deposited us at the bottom, pointed to the cluster of trees at the top of the cliff and said, "spring...nice hike." This "little" hike turned into quite the trek, but all three of us made it to the top, despite rather treacherous conditions and lots ...
... struggle with their attitude - the Europeans are much better behaved and easier to deal with" (all that with a raised eyebrow!). Quite amusing. Jordanian wine exceeds expectations. Second glass required.
Have thoroughly enjoyed re-visiting Jordan after working here for 3 months in 2002. If there's one country you really should visit its Jordan. Safe. Friendly. Interesting. Great food and wine. Only 5hrs from England. Put it on your bucket list now!