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PBPL 85 visits Amman and Petra in Jordan

PBPL 85 Participants in Petra, Jordan

PBPL 85 Participants in Petra, Jordan

A view of the Promised Land from Mt. Nebo

A view of the Promised Land from Mt. Nebo

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Friday, Dec 11th began with a bus ride and tour to learn more about Jordan and its famous sites.

Our first stop was at Mount Nebo, a religious site where Moses (or Prophet Musa) is thought to have seen the Promised Land for the first time. The views from Mount Nebo were spectacular and the class stopped to take many photos. Then, we stopped by a nearby mosaic workshop and store where we learned the process of making Jordanian mosaics. The bus then headed to Madaba, a town not far from Mount Nebo. While in Madaba, we viewed the ancient mosaic map of the region and our tour guide explained the history in detail. By this point it was 2 pm and the class was hungry for lunch (Jordanians eat a late lunch) so we headed to a local shwarma place. After lunch, we got on the bus for a long ride to our next destination, Petra. On the roughly four hour bus ride, the class worked on the memo, listened to the tour guide provide the history of the area, participated in a Disney music sing-a-long, and slept.

We arrived at Petra in the evening and checked into our hotel, which is perfectly situated right next to the entrance to Petra. The class then ventured to get dinner in the tourist area near our hotel. Not as authentic or as delicious as the rest of the food on the trip, some members of the class ended up getting pizza (with hummus as an appetizer of course). After dinner, we explored the hotel, which has a restaurant in a cave that used to be a tomb. We are all very excited to see Petra tomorrow!

 

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