… Petra!

febbraio 8th, 2013 | Posted by dokk in Giordania - (0 Comments)

Dopo 3 ore di minibus finalmente arriviamo a Petra. Il cielo è nuvoloso, molto.
Guida Lonely Planet alla mano cerco subito un ostello: il primo non mi convince molto, così vado nel secondo, che però è pieno. Adesso la scelta è facile. Lascio il mio bagaglio e, quasi ansioso, mi reco all’ingresso: non servono indicazioni, basta seguire la scia degli altri turisti.
Ma il tempo peggiora… inizia a piovigginare. Ho fretta di entrare. Ma allo stesso tempo voglio godere al massimo di quel momento in cui entrerò. Forse smetterà di piovere.
Aspetto, ma la pioggia invece diventa più insistente. Ed è già pomeriggio.
Un pò a malincuore decido di rimandare al giorno dopo.

 

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Betania al di la del Giordano

gennaio 25th, 2013 | Posted by dokk in Giordania - (0 Comments)

Bethany beyond the Jordan
After giving back the rented car in Amman, I decided to go to Bethany. I can not find public transportation so I do the last stretch of road on foot, after hitchhiking. Around there are scattered Bedouin camps.

Bedouin camp

Bedouin camp

Walking I come across a woman who returns to her camp:

Bedouin woman on donkey

Bedouin woman on donkey

She sees me, notes that I took photos to her so approaches and asks for a “tip” for the trouble. You can notice typical beduin tatoos on her face.

Tattooed bedouin woman

Tattooed bedouin woman

After a few kilometers I arrive at destination: the visitor center is well organized and although it is not a peak period there are many tourists.

Mosaic at visit center in Bethany

Mosaic at visit center in Bethany

I’m in one of the holiest sites of Christianity, Bethany beyond the Jordan, called Bethabara in antiquity: according to the Gospels here Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

The site of Jesus' baptism

The site of Jesus' baptism

 

The Jordan river

The Jordan river

There is a curiosity about this mystical place: according to the scriptures there is another place with the same name, which was little more than a village near Jerusalem, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus raised.

And one last touch of color: Israelis believe that Jesus was baptized on the other river-side, that is … in Israeli territory (the Jordan River is the border between Israel and Jordan). On the background of the next picture you can see the flags with the Star of David:

dokk on the Jordan

dokk on the Jordan

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