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Dana Biosphere

Just a little further North from Wadi Rum, lies an expansive reserve known as Dana Biosphere. This part of Jordan just drew me, Joseph, to experience this part of nature, on the trails, on the run…

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Before I set off, a little fuel was required…a blend from Athanor in Dahab, Egypt!

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This is my Tale:

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16km in total – trail running bliss! Behind every great run is a great supporter!

Other Jordanian highlights (click on the pics to view larger images):

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Petra

Kerak 12th Century Crusader Castle

Kerak 12th Century Crusader Castle

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

Mt Nebo

Mt Nebo

Madaba Mosaics

Madaba Mosaics

Sojourning so far

Sojourning so far

 

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Tea Break – Bedouin Style

Drinking tea, lots of tea, is a favourite past time, or rather, a favourite beverage for the Bedouin living in the Wadi Rum of Jordan.

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This tea, experienced in the smallest of cups, is a mixture of natural resources grown in the desert. These ingredients consist of hibiscus, cardamom and a bit of cinnamon, as well as added sugar or honey. Prepared over the fire, this was a delightful sense to our taste buds as we finished off hard days of hiking in the desert.

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The 3 day, 40km hike took us through some vast, open, desert landscapes, sleeping in traditional Bedouin tents…with plenty of tea to go around. Here’s our Tale (click on the pics to view larger images):

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Antiquitus Exodus

The exit from South Africa was historical in nature, progressive in time and advancing in antiquity. Backwards!

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From the modern skyscrapers in Dubai to the white marble of Athens, to the even more ancient dusty sandstone sculptures and mountains in Egypt, it was a literal stepping back in time as we commenced our sojourning…

Dubai, UAE (Genesis 11:1-9)

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Athens, Greece (Acts 17:16-34)

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Egypt (Acts 7:22)

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Mt Sinai – 2285m, 7.5km

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Coffee Break – Dubai Coffee Museum

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Nestled amongst a souk in the original part of the city of Dubai, so this small, cosy, relaxed gem of antiquity stands out like the aroma of a contemporary speciality café. The Dubai Coffee Museum is a melting pot of cultures and showcases a connection of the past and present of the world of coffee – everything from the first methods in roasting and brewing from the world over to the modern methods of coffee, in a simple oriental setting.

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Demonstrated live, these techniques are further enhanced by the wide representation of antique coffee items that bring and brought these techniques, cultures and history to life in a by-gone era. Such styles experienced include Arabic, Ethiopian and Turkish amongst others. I opted for the Turkish and Ethiopian methods, both of which accompanied traditional Turkish Delight and popcorn respectively.

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The second floor of this intriguing museum showcases various coffee literature and documentaries about coffee, roasting and brewing. The experience can be well rounded off with a snack and cup of coffee at the brew bar where one can choose from a wide selection of blends and modern brew methods. The museum’s shop sells various coffee blends and coffee related items.

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The Dubai Coffee Museum maintains the international coffee ethos that accompanies its own reputation – relationships matter – through excellent personalised service and attention to all who visit.