I have officially arrived in the US and now would like to just provide few photos that I believe best capture the essence of Jordan and Israel/Palestine:
This is a photo of the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash. Jordan has some of the most well preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. I like this photo because you can see the ancient history of what is now Jordan contrasted with the modern city of Jerash.
This is a local family in a Jordanian village that invited us to their home for a nice, home-cooked feast. Hospitality is something that I realized is valued very heavily in this part of the world.
This is a beautiful view of Amman. The flag is a symbol of national identity, something that is not yet as strong as the Jordanian government would like since it is such a relatively young country.
An image from the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem.
Inside the elementary school of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
A view of Israel from the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.
Of couse: Petra. They say that any trip to Jordan is incomplete without visiting the World Wonder of Petra. (As seen in Indiana Jones)