PETRA

Petra, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

When I first heard of the New Seven Wonders of the World, I was surprised to learn about Petra. I have no doubt why it should be on the list, I was doubting myself as to why I am not familiar with it. If you asked me a year ago, I would have never imagined that I will be setting foot in the Jordan, or the Middle East and yet in the last months of pursuing my doctorate degree, the “itch” to reward myself of a trip of a lifetime became clearer. You only live once, and my philosophy with traveling especially at these times is that there is no guarantee of our safety. I asked myself, why keep postponing a trip to this part of the world, when you can go now? So that’s exactly what I did…
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Jordan, Dead Sea

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

 

We arrived in Jordan after a long 14-hour layover in Dubai. It must’ve been only a few hours when we needed to get up and get ready for our first long day in the Kingdom. Jordan may be popular now because of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, can be found in the southern part of this country. Yet, Jordan has been present in one of the oldest books known to man.
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Cancun

Yucatán, México

 

I have always heard of Cancun ever since I could remember. And though we only had a day and a night to explore this town, it was all worth the long driving hours. No, we didn’t go to Cancun to party. We went for the sights and the beach. And to find out if those pictures I always see are real. Indeed they are.
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Merida

Yucatán, México

 

Mérida is said to be one of those up and coming destinations in Mexico. Truthfully, I never heard of this town until I started looking up ways on how to get to Chichén Itzá. Most people will fly to Cancun and take a day trip to the ruins. Instead, we decided to fly to this little less known town, explore the “White City” of Mexico.
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CHICHEN ITZA

Yucatán, México

 

Traveling on holidays maybe ideal for some, but it mostly means a more expensive plane ticket, as well as longer waiting lines in the airport. I usually avoid this and would rather fly on a quieter time. However, the real reason why I pushed on traveling this past  4th of July weekend is so I can visit the largest pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan civilization, aka my 5th Wonder of the World!

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Valladolid

Valladolid, México

 

Valladolid is a little-known colonial town in the Yucatán peninsula, where people only stay the night usually because of its proximity to Chichen Itza. We arrived right after sunset and the town square was busy with all the locals and vendors, hurrying and packing up to go home. No tourists were in sight and immediately I felt transported back in time.

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