My Jordan journey included visits to the rose-red rock city of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and Wadi Rum, the desert T.E. Lawrence called “vast, echoing and God-like.” It also included a visit to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and the world’s largest open-air spa, Mount Nebo and Madaba, the Dana Nature Reserve, Amman, Jerash, Evason Ma’in Six Senses, Feynan, and Wadi Mujib. Every day was a bucket list day. From driving down the highway to trekking through the desert, I was able to capture my favorite moments on camera. Which photo draws you the most? Which one makes you want to add Jordan to your bucket list? Which one is most like paradise to you? Come to Jordan with me, if only for a few moments, and explore my favorite country so far. Continue reading
While most people envision a trek through Wadi Rum atop a camel, fearlessly riding through the desert at high speeds, covering vast distances on the “ship of the desert”, in actuality it can be a lot more difficult than it appears. Wadi Rum… vast, open, and sandy was seemingly endless during our camel riding experience. An ordinary riding camel will normally saunter at about 5 km/hour; perfectly doable, right? But what about when it unexpectedly runs? Could you control it? Could you stay on? Would you know what to do? We were given the opportunity to find out and it wasn’t as joyful as you’d expect. Continue reading
“Vast, echoing and God-like” – these are the words T.E. Lawrence used in describing Wadi Rum, the largest and most magnificent of Jordan’s desert landscapes. As we made our way through the maze of monolithic rockscape by 4×4 into the setting sun, I had finally felt like I was part of Jordan, enjoying the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces. At that point, I had no idea just how much I was going to learn about the land, the culture, and the people. Wadi Rum was a life-changing journey; here, amid the stupendous cliffs, canyons, and endless deserts, Jordanian life took on a different perspective. Continue reading
Over 400m below sea level, the Dead Sea was one of the most surprising, unique experiences on my Jordan journey. Coming from someone who has grown up in the ocean and spent as much of my waking childhood hours in the water as out of it, I was completely shocked by my Dead Sea submersion… or attempted submersion since technically I couldn’t completely submerge myself in the Dead Sea. Continue reading
Jerash, Amman, desert castles, Karak, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Ma’In Hot Springs, Dana Biosphere Reserve, Wadi Rum, Aquaba, the Dead Sea, and the Red Sea were all part of my Jordan journey. It will take several days and maybe even weeks of posting to cover all of my amazing experiences and give you a proper tour of Jordan. If you just can’t wait for my Jordan journey, you can check out my Facebook and Instagram for more photos and a faster glimpse into life in Jordan.
See you later today for my experience at The Dead Sea, one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world!
The Kings’ Highway in Jordan is the world’s oldest continuously used communication route. It used to link ancient Bashan, Gilad, and Ammon in the north with Moab, Edom, Paran, and Midian in the south. This scenic route winds, drops, twists, and meanders through the heart of the Jordanian highlands, passing through the country’s most spectacular landscapes and some of its most important ancient sites. But words can’t do it it justice. Continue reading
Jordan’s rose-colored sandstone city, off maps for centuries, is a bucket list experience not to be missed. On the edge of the Arabian desert, hidden in mountains south of the Dead Sea, Petra had disappeared from maps for more than 1,000 years. Thought to be at least 3,000 years old, Petra is one of the ultimate bucket list destinations. The city’s architectural beauty survives from it being chiseled directly from the sandstone mountains. Temples, tombs, a highly sophisticated hydro system, and a monastery are linked by trails, steps, and ancient caravan routes. Journey back in time with me to Petra and become part of My Jordan Journey. Continue reading
Vast, echoing mountains, sandstone gorges, an endless, deserted path, and me… (as well as other bloggers from Canada, Mexico, and the US, a guide, and two reps from Tourism Jordan, but that doesn’t sound as good). Hiking the 14 km from Wadi Dana to Feynan, Jordan was one of the most difficult treks of my life. It’s not that 14 km is that difficult under normal standards, but I was battling a cold and strep throat. I hadn’t slept in days and coughing through the night was as common as taking a breath. The dry, windy desert played its role like a fiddle too, not to mention the 40 C temperatures. Ashamed and defeated, I did make it to Feynan but it wasn’t without its trials. Would you have missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hike through one of the most beautiful places in the world because you were sick? You might change your mind after I share my story, regardless of your standpoint. Continue reading
In the last few days, I hiked all of downtown Amman and the Citadel, Jerash, Evason Ma’In Hot Springs, Madaba and Mount Nebo, Feynan, and Little Petra and Petra, all while battling a cold and strep throat. We hiked for more than 5 continuous hours yesterday in the desert after sleeping in tents. It has been difficult at times, but here is a preview of some of the views. Do you see why it’s all worthwhile?
Today, in downtown Amman, we visited The Roman Amphitheater. What I thought would be a typical, albeit beautiful, visit turned into an afternoon with friends. But you thought I didn’t know anyone in Jordan, right? Well, I really didn’t but four local girls sat and chatted with me as if they’d known me my entire life. Continue reading