We didn't really have an overarching plan for Turkey yet, so we took the bus from Pamukkale to a town close to Oludeniz beach, a famous beach destination. On a side note: Transportation in Turkey is AMAZING, It is so easy, the vehicles are comfortable, they go frequently and on a schedule, they are marked with their destination, they go everywhere, cheap and...seatbelts!!! And as a byproduct of moving overland, you get to check out the absolutely incredible Turkish landscapes
Our flight from Tel Aviv to Turkey was a dream- 2.5 long and direct. Again, after so long on the road, a 2.5 hour transportation time while traveling is the equivalent of like 10 minutes in real life. That was the easiest part of the journey. Istanbul as a city is halfway in Europe and halfway in Asia/Middle East and has two airports, one on each side. Where we were staying was the old city, Sultanahmet on the European side. Unfortunately the budget airline we flew with based
On route to Israel, we grabbed a taxi ride to the border with an exceptionally chatty, friendly Jordanian driver who warned us upon arrival to "watch out for the gypsies" because "they hang around here all day asking for money". Noted and solid advice as they immediately descended on us as we got out of the car.
The Jordanian side of the border was so funny because it was so easy and orderly and completely chaotic at the same time. It was pretty straightforward but slow and
After Petra there were several other stops in Jordan I wanted to hit before moving on, however, by sheer lack of public transportation anywhere in Jordan and without a car and the fact that Jordan had been screwing our budget since day one, we decided to cut our losses, do our last "must do" stuff and just get out.
Our next stop was to Madaba. We got dropped off at the local bus stop and waited about an hour for the bus to fill up before leaving. At one point our bus stoppe
The bus dropped us off at the Wadu Musa bus station where somehow, a shuttle van for our hotel was waiting for us even though we didn't specifically ask for this...obviously the bus drivers talk! It was the most perfect streamlined arrival yet. We arrived at the popular place "Valentine Inn" and were struck by, in spite of its very old interior and strange management, the fact that it was the first real backpacker-y place we encountered in Jordan to date having several hostel
One of the rewards of traveling in a small country like Jordan is that travel times are fabulously short. After several long haul bus rides from one side of a country to another, Jordan top to bottom took 4 hours, a transportation dream at this point in the trip. We planned to hop a bus, from Amman to Aqaba, Jordan's only access to the ocean. But first we had to get a taxi to the bus station for what was supposed to cost about 2 JD, proving more challenging than expected. Mos
Back to the beginning of May, 2015... P.s. This update is probably full of typos and mistakes of kinds. I'm doing it in Africa...I don't care! Oh Jordan. I'm going to start off by saying this Jordan update was written entirely retroactively such that we've been out of Jordan for months before I had been able to write. So I will likely both write about our experience and reflect on our experience at the same time. And this is definitely a hard one to write because we both equa