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Al 'Aqabah, Jordan

We are in Aqaba, Jordan, and have successfully navigated through pirate alley without any incident in a convoy escorted by some war ships which we saw in the distance.

There were armed Israeli security people on board patrolling the decks with binoculars, etc. When we went through a narrow strait between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea we were told that it is called Hell's Gate and is the hottest place in the world which is probably true since it was very hot.

Jordan is a beautiful, mountainous country but with little vegetation. We went to Wadi Rum which is famous for Lawrence of Arabia. In fact, the movie was actually filmed there. We drove through the desert in a four wheel drive vehicle driven by a local bedouin and also visited a local bedouin camp. Dad was in heaven remembering driving in his jeep through the dunes in Rehoboth Beach. The landscape was spectacular with lots of sand and rock formations.

In the evening at the pool bar I recognized the voice of a man sitting next to me. It turned out to be Charles Gibson from ABC. He was most known for his long stint at Good Morning America. He said he also grew up in Washington and went to Sidwell Friends - small world.

permalink written by  rcodel on May 12, 2011 from Al 'Aqabah, Jordan
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