Month: May 2018

Hiking the Jordan Trail – Rasoun to Ajloun Castle


After spending one day in Amman (read my post One Day In Amman, Capital City Of Jordan) and having only one day left in Jordan, I have decided to explore a small part of the famous JORDAN TRAIL.
Jordan Trail is a long distance hiking trail in Jordan connecting the length of Jordan from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba in the south. This amazing trail is more than 650 kilometers long and takes ca. 40 days. It passes through over 50 villages and towns on its way. The landscape on the way is impressive and very diverse: wooded hills of the north, rugged wadis and cliffs overlooking the Jordan Rift Valley, rose rocks of Petra, sands and towering mountains in Wadi Rum and crystal waters of the Red Sea.
For thousands of years, ancient paths and trade routes have cut across the lands of today’s Jordan. Jordan was the centre of the King’s Highway, a trade route stretching from Egypt to Aqaba, and then north to Damascus. During the first centuries B.C. the Nabatean merchants extended the route further to Asia and southern Arabia making Jordan a centre of their empire, with Petra being a very important point on the route.
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JORDAN TRAIL – Rasoun to Ajloun Castle
This stage of the Jordan Trail is about 17 km long. I started my hike in at a Mosque in a very small village Rasoun. This place is not easy to find ! Use gps coordinates to locate this place Rasoun. My favorite application is maps.me which works also offline after downloading corresponding maps. The trail leads through beautiful landscape. It passes through villages Orjan and Baoun, Listib Mosque, Mar Elias church ruins and ends at Ajloun Castle.

Amman

MY TIPS
– Locals may invite you for arabic coffee (arabic: kahwa). Do not refuse ! I was invited by a young man in Baoun for a coffee and we were chatting about football although he only knew couple of english words.
– Visit Ajloun Forest Reserve.
– Spend the night at Rasoun Tourist Camp. I didn’t know about this camp when I was in Jordan. Seems a great place to stay for a night.
SAFETY
– Beware of shepherd dogs which you will encounter on the way. They could be quite aggressive. I was once saved by a shepherd when two of hist dogs attacked me. They often just throw stones to scary them. I always had one big stone in my pocket. It is probably a better option then killing shepherd dog with a knife. I imagine that the local would get quite angry when his dog gets killed by a hiker…
– Do not give money to local kids. I bought some fruits from small kids and 5 minutes later I had a bunch of kids on my back.

Amman

Amman

Amman

Amman

Amman

Amman

Ajloun Castle

Amman

LINKS
www.jordantrail.org – The Jordan Trail Official Website
www.jordantrail.org – Rasoun to Ajloun Castle
www.visitjordan.com – Official Website of The Jordan Tourism Board

Journeys to Saudi Arabia: Tasting Raw Camel Milk

How does the raw camel milk taste ? Is it really the best milk on this planet ? What makes it so different from other types of milk ?
These questions crossed my mind whenever I saw these beautiful animals during my travels. I was not able to find the definite answers to all these questions but I did not hesitate when a chance of tasting it appeared. A bowl of fresh, warm camel milk with foam on top. How could I refuse ?

Saudi Arabia

Camel milk is often described as ‘liquid gold’ or ‘elixir of the desert’. There are many benefits of drinking camel milk. Some studies even show that it can kill cancer cells …

Camel milk: facts and health benefits:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Stimulates blood circulation any is good for your heart
  • It is nutritious. Important source of energy, protein, calcium, riboflavin, B12, and other essential nutrients
  • Compared to human milk, it contains more fat, protein, ash, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, iron and copper, and less whey protein, lactose and zinc
  • It does not contain proteins responsible for allergic reactions and therefore is easily digested by lactose-intolerant individuals
  • Helps in proper growth and development of bones and organ systems

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

On the highway 65 from Riyadh to Al Kharj there are several camel farms where the camel milk can be purchased. Several are located just beside the main road. Some parts of the highway 65 are running literally through the desert. The road is surrounded by beautifully formed dunes on both sides where groups of camels or caravan of the camels can be seen.
When you stop at a camel farm and ask for camel milk, the local Bedouin will milk one of his camels and offer you a bowl of fresh milk. Tasting the camel milk for the first time in your life is quite an interesting experience.
The sweet taste of warm camel milk … unforgettable …

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

LINKS
www.blueabaya.com – Good post about camel milk
www.naturallivingideas.com – 10 reasons to drink camel milk
www.camelmilkassociation.org – Info about camel milk
www.livescience.com – camel milk nutrition facts, risks & benefits
www.organicfacts.net – camel milk organic facts
www.wellnessmama.com – camel milk info