go get 'em tigers

1:49 AM Marcie Parson 3 Comments

Our last day in Jordan started with the Roman Theater of Philidelphia and the Odeon. Some brave souls treated us to some musical numbers, including an Arabic song (thanks to our tour guide Mohammed), some beat-boxing, and a hymn by our very own Brother Hunstman, MoTab choir extraordinaire. The girls threw together some choreography and performed "Hey Now" by Hilary Duff. The video is priceless. The best part though was all 80 of us singing hymns with such incredible acoustics. Great juxtaposition right? Hilary Duff and hymns? I know.

sig boy band pic
the whole group!

The last stop of the trip was the Jordan River, where Christ was baptized. We sang hymns and stood in the muddy water. I am really starting to appreciate the power of hymns.

Such a great trip. Well done, Tigers.


zero to hero

1:33 AM Marcie Parson 1 Comments

Amman is out of control. It's the capital of Jordan and the home to one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world. Our first stop was the King Abdullah Mosque, where our tour guide, Mohammed, sat us down and taught us about Islam. I had no idea that Muslims had such similar beliefs to Mormons. I seriously was shocked. It made me sad that Americans, myself included, and Christians can be so ignorant about other peoples that we don't realize how similar all of us really are.
all of the girls had to wear head scarves and black robes inside the mosque

After the mosque, we proceeded to the Citadel of Rabbath-Ammon/Philidelphia/Amman. So many names. The highlight was definitely the Roman temple to Hercules, where you better believe we pretended we were muses and sang "I Won't Say I'm in Love."

temple to Hercules
signature muse pic

We also stopped at the Jabbok River, where Jacob wrestled with God in Genesis 32. So peaceful and green (which was surprising, considering the majority of Jordan had been barren, sandy desert).

Finally, we went to Jerash, an ancient Roman city. okay. So cool. Don't mind us romping around the ruins, walking through Hadrian's Gate, standing in the Hippodrome, prancing around ancient theaters, and taking muse pics galore. Thank goodness for patient boys who put up with our incessant picture taking.

Hadrian's Gate

brys, cam, marce, log, mere

Long bus rides, tours, miles of hiking (wish I had a pedometer), and lots of power naps on the bus. At night, we treated ourselves to a trip to Safeway (what the American grocery store?) and ice cream at McDonalds. Successful day.



1:24 AM Marcie Parson 2 Comments

According to the JC director, Petra is the 3rd most amazing site in the world (as is everything else we see). But really, Petra is incredible. Don't be fooled - it's not Southern Utah, but it was the setting for Indiana Jones: the Last Crusade! In real life, it actually is an ancient Nabataean city where they carved massive burial tombs that look like palaces into sandstone that we got to climb around in, ride camels in front of, and hike up literally 1,000 steps to take pictures with (since pictures are our main motive here. Catching on?).

Me and Maddie in the Siq, the slot canyon leading up to the Treasury
Riding a camel in front of the Treasury
The Treasury
The Monastery (post 1000-step hike)
Sig Indiana Jones pic - good thing courtney is a cowboy and provided the hat and whip
sig pyramid pic - in front of the Monastery
One of the merchants insisted that he tie our scarves the bedouin way. Then some man offered 6 camels for me. True story.

Best part of Petra = getting to check "ride a camel" off my bucket list.


jordan jargon

1:10 AM Marcie Parson 0 Comments

One Jordanian passport stamp later, I finally made it home sweet home to my never-ending supply of pita and nutella in the JC cafeteria. Jordan was such a jam-packed week (meaning we took way too many pictures for our own good) that each day deserves its own post. So let's start with day 1:

Mount Nebo, where Moses was taken up to view the promised land

Roomie pic. Love me my Carrie.

Madaba, home of the largest and oldest mosaic map of the holy land

Machaerus, Herod's fortress where John the Baptist was imprisoned and killed