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I stayed the night in Wadi Mousa, so I could be in Petra when they open. Getting in before the tour buses arrive with day-trippers helps me see it they way they show it on the Travel Channel. Petra opens at 0600. After I had breakfast and checked out of the hotel, it was 0715 before I made it back inside the gate. Even that late, I could tell I was still… Read More

So…today started out as chaos. I got up super early, so I could get to the Jett Bus station and be the first one in line. The man I talked with yesterday on the phone said to be at the bus station at 0600 to get a ticket. Figuring earlier is better, I decided to get there at 0530. By the time I checked out and caught a taxi to the bus… Read More

With my normal day off and the Eid holiday giving me a five day break, it was time to head out on another quick adventure. This definitely falls into what I call the weekender category. With travel to-from-and-around the country I’ve really only got about 3 days of doing stuff. I decided on Jordan for one reason, Petra. Its an absolute must-see spot, if you’re on this side of the world. I… Read More

It’s amazing how your view of a place can change over time. Things you think are crazy become commonplace with the passage of days and months. Stay in one place long enough, those same things become the platform for jollifications and witticisms. I remember when I moved to the Great State of Texas. I thought to myself ‘why would any live in a place with tornados?’ What kind of idiot would live… Read More

Its been a little while since I’ve been here. Work has been a bit like work lately, and summer in the desert has been brutally hot the last several weeks. So, I’ve been just trudging through life. One of the things about traveling for work and adventure is that, at the end of the day, there is work to be done. A lot of strings you will read only talk about the… Read More

A friend of mine asked me the other day what I used for cameras while traveling. This seemed a good topic for conversation, as I would image that everyone does something a little different. To start this I would think that there are probably two types of people taking pictures while traveling. These two camps can be defined as professional photographer, and the rest of us. The main difference between these two… Read More

Well, I made it back to my apartment by 11:00 pm. I talked to the roommate, and watched the end of the Roma v Liverpool match to wind down before I crashed. A quick 5 hours later and my alarm was going off. Ah, yes. That work thing needs doing again. I think this is one of the great unspoken elements of travel. It seems many people tend to plan extra out… Read More

I was up before the alarm this morning. Good bed. Good sleep. Great room. The morning has consisted of a shower, a very nice breakfast, and a taxi ride to the airport. Taxi driver didn’t have change for a 1000B, so he went hustling off to find some. The migration from sidewalk through tickets/customs and on to the gate area took all of about 15 minutes. Koh Samui airport isn’t very big,… Read More

It seems that every time I am flying out of the Kuwait airport I get seriously apprehensive. I don’t know why. This is my third trip out through the airport, you think I would be over it? Guess not. I always envision crazy things happening. Problems with airlines or customs, some type of language barrier that leads to me missing my flight. I can say that, three times going, I haven’t had… Read More

I don’t really consider inclement weather in desert settings. Isn’t the desert an inclement weather setting of its own? I always thought it was. That being said, even the desert gets bad weather. Who knew? I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent time in several desert settings. The deserts of Turkey were serene most day. It didn’t rain while I was there. It was just sunny and hot. I have also spent… Read More