Desert Song -- Jordan and the Sinai

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When I tell people I'm going to the Middle East -- specifically Jordan and the Sinai -- often the response is "Why the Middle East?" Not an easy question to answer in a short, pithy phrase. I could say "Because I've never been there," which is true. But it's also an incomplete answer. There are still a lot of places I haven't visited yet. The more complete answer is that the Middle East has interested me for a long time. Just now I feel drawn to the desert, to the simplicity of the desert, to the place people have historically gone to remove themselves from the mental clutter of towns and to reflect on what is most important. Throughout history those who have gone to the desert have left artifacts of their mental journeys. Those artifacts, too, are what draw me there. I will see if the desert and its artifacts speak to me, too. The history of that part of the world is part of my cultural DNA. Perhaps the desert, its landscape and its history have something to teach me.

  • OK,'s not all desert
  • Back in Aqaba, Jordan
Trip Start Apr 16, 2010
Trip End May 06, 2010

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