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#Jordan #travel: Why do I blame Indiana Jones?

As a young naive girl I was fan of Indiana Jones movies. I was dreaming how I will travel the world and explore sights and discover new history. Then I saw a beautiful canyon Siq. It took me some time to discover that it was a road to the forgotten city of Petra in Jordan.

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TOP 10 WORLD WONDERS (I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT)

Life is too short just to think about the most beautiful places and destinations you would like to visit. To travel is like to breathe, to eat, to drink… it is not a habit it is a natural thing for humans.

Well, I feel pretty much like a human, besides I look like one! Ok, I love to travel, but I was thinking about my top 10 places that I would like to see before I die, or if you gave me a limited time on Earth, this would be my choice. I reserve the right to change my mind if I discover something better!

TOP 10 WORLD WONDERS BY POSVUDUSHA

1. PETRA, Jordan – If you haven`t heard about this magnificent red (and forgotten) city in Jordan then you should check my travel blog about Jordan to just see the pictures if you can`t translate the text (I hope it will also be in English one day!). I have already been there, but would like to go again.

Photo credit: Sandra Bortek

2. VICTORIA FALLS, Zambia-Zimbabwe – This one of my favorite natural wonders that I would like to experience. It is believed that the first European to view the Falls was David Livingstone who gave the falls the name Victoria. Indigenous name of the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya — literally meaning the Cloud that Thunders. The falls form the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Look at the picture, isn`t this wonderful?

Photo credit: i-pinz/ flickr

3. MACHU PICCHU, Peru – This is the famous South America’s archeological site. It is a City of Inca, situated in the mountains of Cusco region 2,430 m above the sea level. Although I want to see the city, I look forward to go for 3-4 day trekking and waking up just over the City.

Photo credit: mckaysavage/ flickr

4. MT KILIMANJARO, Tanzania – Well, to someone this would be a regular hike, but seeing the Kilimanjaro from the distance with his white cap on (snow in Africa!) it looks so appealing to me. I can see myself on the top of Africa. Scientists say that the snow cap is getting smaller due to the global warming, it seems that I should hurry with my plans.

Photo credit: Gary Craig/ flickr

5. GREAT WALL OF CHINA, China – This is incredible human work built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China. Seeing pictures, it must be great to walk the wall, to imagine the people who build it and the strength of the (past, present and future) Chinese Empire.

Photo credit: Pedronet/ flickr

6. GALAPAGOS ISLAND, Ecuador – these 13 islands make a living laboratory of evolution and a place where the animals have no fear of man. I can imagine how Charles Darwin was surprised seeing unique species.

Photo credit: David Cook Wildlife Photography

7. GRAND CANYON, USA – This is my number one thing that I would like to see in USA. There are couple more things but G.C., a gorge of Colorado River, makes me wanna scream: I wanna see that!

Photo credit: Pedronet/ flickr

8. NAMIBIAN DESERT – It is something that I find appealing in the desert sand and enjoying a view from the dunes, I know only from pictures how the biggest dune looks like, a how magical Namibian desert is. Hot for sure!

Photo credit: Dietmar Temps, Cologne/ flickr

9. MT EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal – I don`t feel like climbing Himalaya`s top, although I would like to see Mt Everest, my wish is to go trekking just to the base camp (just 5,380 m!). I`ll better start training if I want to climb that high!

Photo credit: Tom2008Tom/ flickr

10. RONDA, ANDALUSIA, Spain – I was making itinerary for trip to Andalusia (still waiting to go) when I found this beautiful town situated in the mountainous area. The Guadalevín River runs through the city, dividing it in two and carving out the steep, 100 plus meters deep El Tajo canyon upon which the city perches. Ronda has a great bullfighting tradition and it`s known as a home of a bullfighting (first bullring was built in Ronda in the late 18th century).

Photo credit: Jesse Varner/ flickr

JORDAN – OSNOVNI PODACI

Službeni naziv: Hašemitska kraljevina Jordan iliti المملكة الأردنّيّة الهاشميّ
Glavni grad: Amman
Službeni jezik: arapski
Površina: 92300 km2
Stanovništvo: 5,7 mil
Novac: jordanski dinar (1 JD = 1 EUR)

Vremenska zona: UTC+2
Viza je potrebna, dobiva se na ulasku u zemlju.

Zastava Jordana

PUTOVANJE U JORDAN (2. DIO)

Kako bih vam predočila smjer svoga putovanja, dodala sam i kartu Jordana. Kao što rekoh put je išao od sjevera prema jugu.

Glavni grad Jordana - Amman

Prva stanica je bio Amman, glavni grad odakle smo krenuli u istraživanje okolice. Put nas je odveo u Madabu (nije naznačeno). Grad mozaika, kako ga još zovu. Potres je uništio najljepše dijelove te kažu da neprocijenjivo bogatstvo leži zatrpano ispod grada, neotkriveno.

 

Jedan od naimpresivnijih mozaika je onaj u grčkoj ortodoksnoj crkvi koji prikazuje kartu ove regije te se vrlo jasno vidi Mrtvo more, Jeruzalem… Karta je pronađena krajem 19. stoljeća, a datira iz 6 st.

Sljedeća stanica je Gora Nebo, gdje je Mojsije umro u 120 godini života. Naime, nakon što je poveo narod u obećanu zemlju i došao na ovo mjesto, rekao je Bogu, zar je to to? Samo to? Bog mu je na to odgovorio. Ti ćeš ovu zemlju vidjeti samo odavdje i nikada nećeš kročiti u nju.
Mojsije je svoj put započeo u 80 godini života, i navodno je bio fizički vrlo sposoban i zdrav i u 120 godini, međutim Bog je odlučio da je vrijeme da ode. Prema zapisima i geografskim odrednicama, smatra se da je Gora Nebo upravo to mjesto, jer se samo s nje za odlična vremena može vidjeti i Mrtvo more, Jeruzalem, Jerihon, Betlehem i mnogi drugi.

Danas se gore nalazi križ koji predstavlja Mojsijev štap i zapravo je dotjeran. Oko štapa je prikazana zmija. (spomenik je napravio talijanski umjetnik Giovanni Fantoni)
Papa Ivan Pavao II na svom hodočašću posjetio je ovo mjesto 2000. godine i tom prilikom je tamo zasadio maslinu.

 

JORDAN – MOJE PRVO PRAVO PUTOVANJE

Zašto bih se voljela vratiti?

Jordan je moja prva arapska zemlja koju sam posjetila. Kažu da je najrazvijenija iako je cijelo stanovništvo skoncentrirano na 20% površine. Ostatak naime otpada na pustinju.

Pustinja Wadi rum, Jordan / Foto: Sake
Provela sam 7 dana na putu od sjevera prema jugu Jordana i pritom posjetila glavne adute ove čarobne zemlje koja za turizam zna tek unazad petnaestak godina. Beduini, nomadski narod, također se sve više uklapa u turizam i na taj način zaračuju za kruh.

Moja želja za odlaskom u Jordan počela je od sna za odlaskom u izgubljeni grad Petru, kojom je svojevremeno i Indiana Jones projahao u svojem posljednjem nastavku (točnije Harrison Ford i Sean Connery).

I gotovo kao u filmu, tako sam se i ja osjećala dok sam koračala do Kraljevske riznice u Petri duž Siqa – jedini prolaz koji vodi do Petre, a koji je nastao usljed potresa. Ovim putem možete proći i jašući na konjima ili vožnji u improviziranoj kočiji na dva kotača. Teren je pomalo grbav i zaista ne znam tko uživa u jurnjavi kroz Siq, iako vjerujem da je jahanje na konjima puno ugodnije.
Nevjerojatan prizor, osim kod dolaska pred Riznicu, pruža vam se na sam grad Petru. Više od 800 grobnica otkriveno je u dolini, a kako sami Jordanci kažu, ima ih još, ali mi imamo vremena. Naime, ne žure s iskapanjima, tako put kojim možda budete koračali zapravo je i do 7 metara iznad “prizemlja”, originalne ulice, ceste ili ulaza u grobnicu.

Predivna crvena boja pješčenjaka, stijena, samo podiže osjećaj divljenja i ostavlja vas bez daha. Nađete li se tamo, uzmite vrijeme za istraživanje i poput nas uputite se prema samostanu. Iako do njega vodi gotovo 1000 stepenica i trebat će vam 45 minuta hoda, svaka bol u vašim mišićima i stezanje u plućima vrijedi! Odozgora puca nevjerojatan pogled prema dolini Petre i na drugu stranu prema Izraelu. Također ispred samo samostana nalazi se mini bar, uopće ne znam kako bih to nazvala, ali možete sjesti i popiti kavu ili čaj i odmoriti i uživati u pogledu.

Osjećaj nakon što se popnete na vrh gotovo je jednak osvajanju najviše planine i gotovo se zapitate “Ima li ljepšeg prizora od ovog”. Dakako da ima, ali ovo je vaš najljepši trenutak.

Pričat ću vam još o Jordanu, neka ovo bude mali uvod…

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