Simploring 2021 (8) Dya’s little Jordan

On Monday, February 1st, Dya (Dya OHare) contacted me and invited me to see her newest installation called Dya’s little Jordan. As the name already gives away, Dya takes the visitor to the Jordan this time. In 2020 I had seen Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot (read here), Dya’s scent of the Caribbean (read here) and Dya’s Southern Twilight (read here). No doubt, I wanted to visit. Dya told me that for visiting you need to be member of her group this time. She had experienced attacks from griefers and haters, hence she decided to restrict access. I can fully understand her motivation, in particular as the moderate homestead is also Dya’s home. You can join the group (the group name is Velvet Soul) by visiting Dya OHare’s profile, the fee is 300 L$. To mention it right here – it is worth the money! And in this day and age where we can’t travel, 300 L$ is a real bargain to get away from it all and to immerse into another world for a few hours!
With the group membership you can even set your home at Dya’s little Jordan, you can rezz your own vehicle to explore the sim or hang around. Max. 45 prims per person are allowed – please don’t rezz huge backgrounds or buildings.

I have never been to Arabia. What a great opportunity to travel there in Second Life at least!

Dya’s little Jordan – Bird eye view and orientation map

As usual I first zoomed out to get an overview over Dya’s little Jordan. The sim is surrounded by sandstone and granite rock as you can find it in southern Jordan. The landing in on the waterfront right next to a tourist office with some information:
The Hashemite kindgom of Jardan is a peaceful, modern and progressive Arab state in the Middle East. Jordan’s landsacap is largely desert and contains countless ancient historical sites. Some ot them such as the iconic rock city of Petra and the desert Wadi Rum are Unesco World Heritage sites.
5 Hollywood blockbusters were filmed in Jardan: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade (1989), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), The Martian (2015) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2017).
Jordan, with its friendly people, is a very worthwhile destination. Unfortuantely, I can only show a small part of it. Enjoy!:)
Love&Peace Dya OHare

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (1) around the landing point

I started my visit at the waterfront. There are some market stands and next to the tourist information is a stall with a camel – you can sit on it and explore the sim riding! I did try that later. Across the street is a store that sells everything: Water, hats, kitchen paper, shoes, baskets, vases, clothes…., just as you’d expect it on an Arab market, that is called Souk as I learned.

Walking along the promenade I came along a food stand, a coffee shop and a fish restaurant. Dya placed 2 women drinking a coffee on the promende to live up the scene. There are more NPC’s (static non-player characters) spread around the sim. I recommend to have a look into the coffee shop. At least, that’s how I fancy such a shop in Arab to be. Of course, there are also some stands of carpet dealers at the Souk. Exploring the Souk is fun as there are a lot of details to discover.

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (2) At the “Souk”

I went to the lighthouse, the motel and the beach next. At the beach you can sit in the sun or walk on the peer from which’s end you have a nice view on little Jordan. At the end of the peer is a bed with a tent above it, that provides some shadow. The beach houses are modern and offer some luxury. Here the tourists can relax and enjoy. Dya succeeded to give the beach a touch of Arabia.

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (3) The motel, the beach and the beach residences

It is no surprise that the largest building in Dya’s little Jordan is a mosque. Just take of your shoes when you go inside – I did. In front of the mosque is a Jordanian with 3 camels, for sure that’s a great motive for a picture!

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (4) The mosque

But there’s more …
Exploring the back country I came across an oil pump right next to a wind mill – old and new energy next to each other, or renewable engery for an oil pump? I saw a shepard with a flock of sheep blocking the road, a small group of tents (inviting for another break) and the Wadi-Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km to the east of Aqaba. It is the largest wadi in Jordan – well, it is a bit smaller in Second Life and in Dya’s little (!) Jordan *winks*

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (5) Exploring the back country

Almost at the sim boarder you find the renown Petra, a historic and archaeological city in southern Jordan.
The area around Petra has been inhabited from as early as 7000 BC, and the Nabataeans might have settled in what would become the capital city of their kingdom, as early as the 4th century BC. However, archaeological work has only discovered evidence of Nabataean presence dating back to the second century BC, by which time Petra had become their capital. The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs who invested in Petra’s proximity to the trade routes by establishing it as a major regional trading hub.” (source wikipedia)

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (6) Exploring the back country / Petra

Finally I went to Arab village, quite distant from the tourist areas. In the center of the village Dya has placed 3 women in full burkas. Farm animals walk around, the laundry is drying outside, I sensed here I am amoung Jordanians. The houses are by far not as luxurious as the beach residences but offer some comfort inside.

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (7) The Arab village / a last view from the peer to the lighthouse and waterfront.

Dya’s little Jordan is another masterpiece. Just after my visit she sent me a message and told me: “I have tried to present Jordan realistically. For example in the city all signs are original signs from Aqaba: Falafel stand, motel, street signs, fish market and supermarket. In Aqaba is also a white mosque. In the desert Wadi Rum are camps where you can stay overnight and from where tours into the desert start. At certain seasons also crocuses grow in the desert. Saffron is obtained from these crocuses. What I didn’t see, when I was there, are the balloons of course, they are just decoration.

I enjoyed my visit, my short vacation in a foreign country, a lot. I learned a tiny little bit about culture and read about Petra, Souk and Wadi Rum, something I wouldn’t have done without my visit to little Jordan. In addition little Jordan offers outstanding backgrounds for taking pictures and camal riding (!).
Thank you for inviting me over Dya!

Landmark to Dya’s little Jordan
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Phantos/42/144/28
Dya’s Worlds flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14737487@N22/