My body was completely exhausted this morning. Because of trying to make calls back home and connect to the internet before bed, I had been staying up way later than I should have and was only getting about 5 hours of sleep every night. Couple that with a 10 mile hike yesterday, and I was pooped. Surprisingly my muscles weren’t sore, I was just mentally and emotionally fatigued.
June 5, 2014
Our day in Petra started early in the morning with a beautiful sunrise over the cliffs. From the hotel balcony we could see the hazy, dusty sky lit up by the hot Jordanian sun.
June 4, 2014
The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was open the windows and go out onto the balcony. The view was so breathtaking I almost couldn’t believe it was real. All of the buildings rose and fell with the flow of the land, over hills and down into valleys. The white and cream colors of bricks and stones reflected the sun and practically sparkled. The sky was clear, not a cloud in sight, and such a soft light blue it seemed dreamy. I found out later that’s because all the dust that gets kicked up makes the air hazy, but at the moment it seemed much more surreal than dusty.
June 3, 2014
One car ride, three airplanes, and a bus ride later, and I’m sitting in my hotel room in Amman, Jordan, looking out over the balcony onto the night city skyline as fireworks explode on the horizon. It was not easy getting to this point, however.
One week from today, I will have landed in a very foreign country after 14 hours trapped in a plane, 7 hours of layovers, and 8 hours of time changes during which I will completely skip over June 3rd. For those of you who will be experiencing June 3rd, have a lovely day. My 365 day calendar will not be completely out of whack though, since I will be living the day of June 30th from sunrise to sunset once in Israel and once in the States.
But before any of that can happen, I first have to pack.
My Middle East adventure is fast approaching! In seven weeks I’ll board a flight to Amman, Jordan, and I have so much I still need to do to get ready. But this weekend I took care of the most important thing- buying shoes.
My fourth and final day in New York City was fast. It was also some of the most fun that I had on the trip. There were a few sessions going on in the morning, but I skipped them so I could catch up with one of my friends from high school who goes to college in New York.
I was too afraid to take the subway on my own, so Kayla came and got me from my hotel and we got breakfast at a cute little diner. I was really glad that I skipped the sessions to hang out with her, since we haven’t seen each other in two years, and it was really great to see her again. She’s doing some amazing things with costume design for theater productions and photo shoots and it all sounded so incredible and exciting and just so very New York.