Suitcase and World: December 2006

Friday, December 29, 2006

The education of Julee - lesson on the flags of Egypt and Jordan.

The currencies of Egypt and Jordan are fairly similar - with common elements such as the bilingual Arab and English faces and the common piastre subdivision. I was curious to see if the symbolism of their flags also shared common themes. As it turns out, aside from the design that is based on 3 horizontal bands and colors common to many of the Pan Arab nations, the underlying symbolism of flags is remarkably different.

The education of Julee - lesson in currencies.

This past Wednesday, Lei and I went to the Credit Union and placed an order for Egyptian pounds (EGP) and Jordanian dinars (JOD). According to our Egypt guidebooks, there are plenty of ATMs in Egypt so we basically got a small amount of currency to get us going and then we'll use our debit cards to withdraw whatever else we need while we're there. I'm hoping we can do the same thing in Jordan.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Egypt & Jordan. The Itinerary.

Here's our travel route. The description of days 1-18 is what's posted on Intrepid's website.

Egypt and Jordan - Here we come!!

It's been more than a month since I posted anything to my travelog and SOOO much has happened since then. As best as Lei and I have tried to be organized and plan this trip, the events that have transpired over the last month have been an odd mix of bad luck (GAP trip cancelled, Lei having to wait 6-8 weeks for Jordanian visa approval) and good luck (Intrepid tour available, Egyptian visa in one day....for each of us). Organization and planning be damned!