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Wadi Rum: Jordan’s Red Desert

Some places are just so beautiful that words and pictures don’t do them justice. The desert of Wadi Rum is a perfect example.

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As we were riding the jeep through this Jordanian desert, I couldn’t help but feel capitivated by the red sand. This was the first time I had ever seen a desert with red sand. I felt incredibly happy!

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The tall cliffs scattered throughout the red desert, definitely added character to the landscape.

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Wadi Rum is a fairly isolated place. The only inhabitants, who permanently live here are Bedouin nomads and villagers. We stayed in this tent overnight, accompanied by Bedouins. We had a fun evening of listening to their songs and stories as well sharing a meal together.

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We spent the day, exploring the desert on foot. We climbed several cliffs and then sat back to enjoy the view. We also challenged ourselves to climb up the steep sand dunes.

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Climbing the sand dunes was so much fun! We did finally make it to the top.

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It was a really great feeling to be surrounded by so much space and natural beauty. Wadi Rum is a beautiful desert; one of the best I have seen.

The Great Pyramids of Egypt: A Dream Come True!

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My heart was racing with excitement as we stepped out of our taxi. We were in Cairo, and we were finally going to see the Great Pyramids of Egypt! In my senior year of university, I remember sitting in my Ancient Egypt class, daydreaming of the day when I would actually visit the Great Pyramids for myself. At that moment, I promised myself that I would somehow figure out a way to get myself to these ancient marvels. And now, I was standing infront of them in awe. They were beautiful and it was a dream come true!

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Visiting the Great Pyramids was a thrilling experience for me in many ways. For one, I was able to crawl inside the pyramids and eventually end up at the heart of the pyramid–the tomb. Having studied the Ancient Egyptian history for a whole year, I knew the value and historical importance of these wonders. Thus, the experience of visiting the pyramids was that much more meaningful to me.

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It was also wonderful to have experienced one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world with my best friend, Jason. Moreover, this was also the first time, I had ever ridden a camel. What better place to ride a camel then in the desert, right next to the Great Pyramids? It was perfect!

Peaceful Palmyra in the Syrian Desert

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When Jason mentioned visiting Syria during our World Trip, I was reluctant at first. I had always heard on the news and from people, that Syria was a very dangerous place to travel. However, I eventually decided to overcome my fears and travel through Syria with a sense of adventure. It was worth it! At the time of our travel, Syria was a beautiful and peaceful country.

One of our highlights in Syria was visiting Palmyra, an ancient Aramaic city located in the Syrian desert. As we walked amid the ruins, I remember thinking, “These ruins look so beautiful within this quiet desert setting.” We leisurely explored the ruins, relaxed, and even watched the camels pass by. It was serene and peaceful then. Now, I cannot help but think about all the chaos that is happening presently in Syria. It saddens me deeply. What do you think about the conflict that is happening in Syria right now?

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