Posts made in May, 2008

On Jordan and the Backstreet Boys

Posted by on May 30, 2008 in Europe & The Mid East, Jordan | 8 comments

On Jordan and the Backstreet Boys

Allison and I wrapped up our ten days in the hot, friendly country of Jordan. While I won’t delve into each stop in detail (however detail is available for those who are curious), I’ll touch on a few unique highlights. One of the first things almost anyone will notice about Jordan is just how friendly everyone is. Sure, most people are attempting to sell you something, but the difference is that even if you don’t want what they are selling, they will still dispense useful advice. “Oh, you don’t want a private driver? No problem. I’d recommend you catch...

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The Travel Beard Experiment = Fail

Posted by on May 30, 2008 in Thoughts on Life | 7 comments

The Travel Beard Experiment = Fail

I admit, I have been rather absent from this blog. My absence can be easily explained, however: I have been hard at work on my travel beard. No longer bound by the hygienic restrictions of work, or the disapproving glances of Vancouverites when one begins a beard quest such as this, my face would become a playground for new-found facial hair. Yes, I was to grow a mighty travel beard. Perhaps I would grow a bushy moustache and then, when the muse struck, shave off a portion to form handlebars or a goatee. Once my beard reached a sufficient size I could use it to store small tools or...

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Dubai – From Al’s Eyes

Posted by on May 17, 2008 in Dubai | 11 comments

Dubai – From Al’s Eyes

I promised myself that I would let Jon blog about Dubai since I have been hogging the blogging (I swear I didn’t make that rhyme on purpose), however on this flight to Jordan after a long, long day in the Dubai airport I was struck with inspiration and wanted to share some of my impressions of our first stop, Dubai. I will try to be brief! Dubai is a city of incredible contrast. The difference between the dusty old Arabian city, where life is centred around the creek and the new city with huge condo developments, beaches, shiny malls and fancy everything is mind-boggling. We spent our...

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The Long and (Sometimes) Winding Road

Posted by on May 17, 2008 in Canada, Getting Ready | 4 comments

The Long and (Sometimes) Winding Road

When we left our lovely little Vancouver apartment on April 30 it was bittersweet. I loved that apartment, it was wonderful in so many respects. But I also loved that we were embarking on our adventure! My emotions flip-flopped all morning, and in the end excitement won out as we blared Paul Brandt’s “Didn’t Even See the Dust” as we started off down the highway. Backtracking a bit … packing up our life into a small car was a very liberating experience, it is amazing how little two people actually need, and on top of that most of the car was full not of stuff that...

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Today’s the day.

Posted by on May 10, 2008 in Getting Ready | 9 comments

Today’s the day.

We leave today. Syracuse to Dubai.

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