First night – Petra

Hi

We’ve made it. Leaving Brisbane airport at 8.30 pm, it was a LONG, LONG flight.  Figured I managed about 2 1/2 hours sleep through it all.  Too tired to watch movies, and my long legs and air travel have never agreed.  The Emirates flight to Dubai was smooth and cabin service excellent!

A four hour layover was helped no end by a shower not long after arrival.  This airport is HUGE.  Never seen so many Emirates planes in all my life. Mind you, it is their world hub!  If the shower wasn’t quite excellent, that was surpassed by discovering at the gate lounge that we’d been upgraded for the 3 hour light to Amman, Jordan to business class.  What a treat that was!  Even managed to lie almost horizontal for an hour.

We made it into Amman, and linked up with the rest of our Holy Land tour party led by Dr Abe Ata.   It’s all to do with Dale’s ACU Masters studies.

About an hour ago, having driven three hours through some amazing desert country, we’ve made it to historic Petra. More about that tomorrow – when the tour starts in earnest.  We’re booked into the Petra Palace Hotel (not as ritzy as it sounds).  Dinner at seven, then we’re crashing.  We’re expecting a wakeup call around 5 am, the  breakfast, and then the sights of Petra from 7.

This is going to be one special tour.  besides, just checked the cricket scores – great partnership between Hussey and Haddin.!

Cheers

David & Dale

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