Flipping Off the Intensity Switch
May05

Flipping Off the Intensity Switch

On my first visit into New York City I instantly fell in love. I’d always blown through JFK with the quick connection, hurriedly moving on to other destinations. This time my itinerary gave me a full day and night layover so I caught the train into the crowded canyons of Manhattan — it’s actually very simple — to experience first-hand the things that make the material life full. The entertainment, nightlife, sights,...

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Jordan: Friendly Reminders
Aug29

Jordan: Friendly Reminders

· Do not buy rocks or pottery: Keep your souvenirs eco-friendly. Picking up or buying rock fragments encourages vendors to break pieces off the monuments to sell to tourists. · Do not buy antiquities: Stick to the law: buying antiquities is illegal. · Please refrain from picking flowers or plants: Conserve the natural flora of Petra by not picking flowers and plants. · Do not write, touch or scrape the walls: Sandstone is very...

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The New and Old of Jordan

Within a few hours of arriving in Amman, I was weaving through the tiny, traffic clogged arteries of the old city centre, the Ballad. The fluorescent green light of the city’s many mosques, fleck the surrounding hills as dusk falls. The red, white, black and green of Jordan’s national flag hangs from nearly every white-stoned building in the city, with pictures of a smiling King Abdullah II and his glamorous wife Queen Rania, lit up...

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Announcing the New Seven Wonders of the World

A worldwide popular vote has been underway to select the New Seven Wonders of the World, sites to be listed alongside the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World. The 7 winners, out of 77 finalists, were selected today – 7/7/07 (notice the numeric theme going on here). These are the seven receiving the most votes: Chichen Itza, Mexico See the ITKT video on Chichen Itza Christ Redeemer statue, Brazil Coliseum, Italy Great Wall, China...

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Unforgettable Jordan (video podcast)

Steve Smith just returned from Jordan and I was dying to see the pictures. They didn’t disappoint. Now I want to to go to Jordan. I suppose some may want to avoid Jordan due its proximity to neighboring countries, but this is a ridiculous idea. Jordan has a much larger reputation for being one of the safest countries and Steve had a few thoughts on this issue as well. For more on Jordan at ITKT Or subscribe to our videos on...

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“Blessed Are the Merciful…” Voluntourism in Jordan

A relatively recent development in tourism, socially conscious “voluntourism” is quickly gaining popularity. So, what is Voluntourism? Basically, it unites the best of travel with giving something back to society in return. Travelers get to enjoy the art, heritage sites, and the recreation of a destination, but also have the chance to immerse in the local culture while serving both the people and places visited. In my Holy Week...

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March at ITKT

Hey Travelers, if you haven’t noticed yet ITKT has begun posting my recent foray into the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula. The trip sparkled with many highlights that will dribble out over the next few weeks. But that’s not all that has been going on around here! ITKT writers were all over the globe exploring both common trails and more exotic locales. Jesse just returned from Eleuthera, the long skinny island in the Bahamas....

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The Streets of Amman

The talk on the streets of Amman reflects the same timeless worries that affect all of humankind. According to a recent Zogby poll that included people in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco, the Jordanian people are more worried about their economic well-being and social values than about regional instabilities around them. Jordanians ranked these concerns highest of the five categories in the...

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The Facts on Jordan

Location: Jordan is located in the heart of the Middle East, Northwest of Saudi Arabia, south of Syria, Southwest of Iraq, and east of Israel and the Occupied West Bank. Jordan has access to the Red Sea via the port city of Aqaba, located at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba. Geographic co-ordinates: 29 – 34 00 N, 35 – 39 E Population: 5,460,265 (July 2003 est.) Area: total: 89,213 sq. km (34, 445 sq. miles) land:...

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Vote for the New 7 Wonders

In what could be the largest vote ever, the world will soon choose the New Seven Wonders of the World to stand alongside the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World. In January, the New7Wonders committee, chaired by Dr. Federico Mayor, selected 21 finalists out of the 77 nominated sites. You can have a say in the selection of the final seven by casting your vote. From anywhere in the world, call +423 663 90 02 99 and use the code numbers...

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