Israel & Jordan

This was the perfect place to kick off a multi-country, end-of-year adventure. To come from a country that’s only ~250 years old to a place with such ancient history just blew me away. I’m combining these two, because my trip to Jordan was only for the day, and then I returned to Israel…

12/8/19

landed around 8 maybe…went through the lovely security jazz…caught a cab to The Spot…checked in…got my free drink…hung out w/ the crazy chick from the front desk…had a beer…hung out w/ her more…they closed the bar down on me…retreated to room…got a shower…passed out with my towel on…

12/9/19

up…packed my shit real fast, once I realized how slow and dumb I was being…got a couple nommy pastries from next door…went around the block and caught the first tour bus…transferred at that park…to Elvis truck stop…to Jerusalemgot some pics and tour guide info…to Jaffa Gate…huddled under there trying to wait out the rain…we all bought umbrellas instead…walked to Church of the Holy Sepulture…blessed my jifwa…checked out a tomb kinda like Jeebus’ (his line was WAY too long)…cut through some churches and hit the Jewish Quarter…put a wish in the Wailing Wall…got some lunch w/ the crew (chix shawarmas)…made our way back out/to the bus…to Dead Sea…took a dip (more like a float)…had a beer at “The Lowest Bar”…joined the group…got dropped off in shitty rain during rush hour…got harassed by the meter maid chicks on the train…walked around in the rain looking for the hostel…finally called…found out Google was lyin’…walked all the way back to Old City and found hostel…Talia was there!…spread all my stuff out to dry…rolled out w/ her to get noms Moroccan food…I got stuffed and sleepy…she gave me a ride back…kinda started doing stuffpassed out w/ the light on

12/10/19

woke up at 1:30…showered and hauled ass to the bus (only late by a minute…chill out, dude :P)…switched buses…started heading south (after heading west?)…stopped at that weird Israeli truck stop and got a potato sesame pastry…to ze border…got w/ Draeger and crossed to Jordan…waited a while…the other dude got us across…met up w/ Andan (sp?…a.k.a., the jacked dude)…got up on dat busto Wadi Rum w/ narration…stopped at a weird Jordanian truck stop…jacked dude ate a gigantic meal while we took pics of the valley and dogs and stuff…to Petra…grabbed some sandwiches in town…to the ruins…got ripped off by the sunscreen kid…didn’t really figure it out…ate half my stuff…stony…started the tour…decided to go back and fuck that kid up…got my refund…got hassled by the guys coming back in…down to the ruins, dodging “horse ride” guys and other crooks…got a bunch of pics and oos and aas…hauled ass back…kicked it w/ the Asians and got a falafal sammy to go (after a maybe non-alcoholic beer)…ate on the bus and got sunset pics…back over the border…Draeger gave me a ride to Ahla Plus…kicked it w/ the Russian girls (Svetlana’s bday!) and had some wine…had a bong rip w/ Lee…got some beers from the store…had some other munchies and hung out w/ the ladies some more…Simon and Iggy showed up (Simon’s bday!)…had delicious chocolate cake w/ Oreo ice cream…shit got weird w/ Lee and Vladivostok…walked to Paddy’s to watch Simon’s team lose (had a yummy red Israeli brew though!)…back to Ahla…Lee was still up…kicked it w/ her and smoked and had some beers…Simon crashed…hung out w/ Iggy and Lee for an hour or so…they crashed…I crashed

12/11/19

zzz…woke up and pooped and passed back out…woke up again…got a shower and packed upoutside w/ a beer…the Dutch dudes woke up…hit the grocery store…back to the place…had a tasty lunch while Lee talked her weird shit…had one more beer and grabbed a cab to the border…

(to Egypt)