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Call Me "Abu Tarek"

I love to adopt local customs wherever I travel, so at my presentation in Jordan on ecotourism before an audience of local travel professionals including the Minister of Tourism, I introduced myself not as Kurt Kutay, President of Wildland Adventures, but rather as "Abu Tarek", or the father of Tarek; it is customary among Jordanians to refer to yourself by the name of your first born son (or daughter if you don't have a son). So, I kept it up everywhere I traveled throughout Jordan including our Bedouin Trek to Petra and it was a great icebreaker as a visitor here. Everyone was surprised that our son has an Arabic name because of my Turkish heritage. (And he looks Arabic as seen in this picture with Anne.) As soon as I used Tarek's name instead of my own for introductions, they would smile and do the same, always gushing with pride for their first born son whether...
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The Calm Eye of the Middle East

  Our Wildland Adventures Jordan tour group hikes into the back side of Petra  early in the morning before hardly any other day tourists can manage the hundreds of steps up from the main entrance. Arriving to Petra on the ancient trail by foot is spectacular!  Happy Holidays, Wildland friends and family! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and survived the various Black Friday/Local Saturday/Cyber Monday events. I must confess to being slightly out of the loop, having just returned from Wildland Adventures’ inaugural departure of our Bedouin Trek to Petra! I was fortunate enough to join 6 of our most intrepid travelers as well as Wildland president, Kurt Kutay, on the 6 day, 50-mile journey from the Dana Biosphere Reserve south to the “back door” of Petra, entering the site at the awe inspiring Monastery. Timing is everything. We arrive early to the Monastery, spend the entire day...
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Guest — Eiman Jafar
I hope you met some Jordanian! people are warm and very friendly! people you meet on the streets are ready to invite you to their ... Read More
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:21
Guest — Kurt Kutay
Trekking to Petra is comparable to hiking the Inca Trail in Peru following ancient footpaths, and then ultimately to hike into the... Read More
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 06:31
Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Great blog Sherry, I can't wait to hear more about your adventures in Jordan.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 01:21
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