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Monthly Archives / January 2008


January 30, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Visas-on-Arrival at Dar Es Salaam Airport When Andrew and I arrived at Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) airport, the first thing we had to do was get visas (on arrival). A visa agent helped us through filling out the forms, etc. All-in-all it was a very quick and painless process, except for handing over the US$100. […]

Pyramids to Petra: The Dead Sea and Madaba (Amman)

January 26, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Leaving Petra, we drove along the King’s Highway north through Jordan to Karak Castle, an old fort used by the Crusaders to recapture the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. It was a strategic location as the castle was probably only about 80km from Jerusalem. After Karak Castle, we saw Lot’s wife. This biblical story […]

Pyramids to Petra: Petra

January 24, 2008 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

During the 2-plus hour drive from Wadi Rum to Petra, the weather got extreme: fog so dense the driver couldn’t even see the edge of the road way and then finally: snow. We drove past snow for a long time before descending down into the valley of Wadi Musa, the location of Petra. Despite the […]

Pyramids to Petra: Aqaba and Wadi Rum

January 22, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Arriving off the Red Sea ferry in Aqaba, Jordan was rather uncoordinated and somewhat chaotic. There was a question of whether to get a group visa, which is free, or individual visas. The caveat of a group visa is that the group must go to Petra, which we were, and must hire horses there, which […]

Pyramids to Petra: Sinai

January 20, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Another early morning start had us passing the Suez Canal in the morning and to the middle of the Sinai peninsula by lunch time. In the afternoon we were climbing Mount Sinai. Being the masochist that I am, I opted for the 3,750 Steps of Repentance. Actually, it wasn’t that bad. In fact if its […]

Pyramids to Petra: Luxor

January 19, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Luxor, known in earlier times as Thebes, is across the river from the famous burial sites of Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. But this will have to wait until the next day… The afternoon that we arrived in Luxor, we had a local guide take us to Karnak Temple, regarded as […]

Pyramids to Petra: Aswan and My Birthday

January 18, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

After the overnight train from Cairo, which was very comfortable in 2 person private compartments, we arrived late into Aswan. Arrival afternoon we were met our guide who took us on a boat down the Nile and provided us with a home cooked traditional Nubian lunch, one of many wonderful home cooked meals we’d have […]

Pyramids to Petra: Cairo and my 7th Continent

January 17, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

After spending 3days in Miami living the non-foreign, non-challenging American life, I was ready to get to a foreign country again and check off my 7th Continent. It was time to begin the second half of my 3-month trip, the organized group trip part, the Africa part. However, Lufthansa had other ideas. A problem with […]


January 13, 2008 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

World renown for hot beaches, sexy bodies, and even sexier nights.  Does Miami live up to its reputation?  Yes. Saturday night Isabel, her friend Jenna, some other friends showed me the South Beach, Miami Saturday night scene.  We started at local Love-Hate, then went to the trendy and posh Delano pool-side bar, and finally on […]

Azamara Quest Cruise: Costa Rica

January 7, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Puerto Caldera Day 5 we were in our first Costa Rican port, Puerto Caldera.  We had set up a tour through Charlie at Okey-Dokey Tours.  We thought ‘the Charlie’ was meeting us at the port, and a man who called himself Charlie did meet us; however, we were later somewhat skeptical as to whether our […]

Azamara Quest Cruise: Mexico

January 6, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Acapulco Check-out of my hostel in Acapulco was at 11am and having nothing else to do, I headed over to the cruise ship terminal to be told wait. Already 5people were wanting to check-in and by about 11:30 they let us into the terminal where we could check-in. First, rather burly Mexican men hand-searched (!) […]