Even though we didn’t stay in the 5-star grand hotel that we went in by mistake yesterday (thanks to our guide), we stayed in a pretty nice hotel nearby. Our room had a balcony. When we went out to our balcony, we could say hi to our neighbours staying in the rooms next to ours. They were actually our group mates. We could still chat after dark.
Speaking of chats, I chatted with the inexperienced tour guide to see if he knew the author. Surprisingly, he was even more surprised than I was. He said with his sparkling eyes, thrilled, ‘you know her?! Really?! She has a shop in Petra. When we go there, I can take you to her shop.’ That’s exactly what I remembered – the shop in Petra. So, he knew what he was talking about (you will know as you follow my story).
This is what it says on the stone, ‘The Chapels of the Jordan River’, ‘The chapels built on the eastern side of the river during the Byzantine period (5th-6th centuries A.D.) include three churches built over each other, and decorated with coloured mosaic and marble flooring. A marble staircase links the three churches with “John the Baptist Spring” at the spot where it flows into River Jordan. A stone footing hosting a marble column with a metal cross on top is thought to be the actual baptism site of Jesus Christ according to different historians and travellers. A small chapel and remnants of a stone arch near the river were built over the spot where Jesus Christ supposedly unrobed before entering the water to be baptized by John.’
We arrived at Mount Nebo. That’s where Moses died after he saw the promised land. He was also buried there.
26 July 2009
For this trip, I didn’t write a detailed journal because everyday was too rush for me and at night, I talked to my roommate. But thanks for the internet. It helps me recall some details. I used this one this time:
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