Jordan is one of the countries that surprised me the most. Honestly, I only got there because I was travelling to Israel and thought it might be easy to combine both countries. I even thought that I probably would never travel ONLY to Jordan. Oh dear, was I naive.
But let’s start at the beginning.
Aqaba and Wadi Rum
Our first stop was Aqaba. There aren’t many “sights” inside the city, which was great. Why is that great, you might wonder?! That way we could wander along the seaside (it’s the countries only coastal city), sit down for a bit and talk to the locals without any pressure. All the people were so open and curious and friendly. I loved to experience once again that language barriers won’t stop people from reaching each other’s hearts.
Another plus of Aqaba was that it was perfectly located for our trip to one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been to – the desert Wadi Rum. We hopped on a Jeep that was driven by a Bedouine prince (excuse me, where else does this happen?!) and off we went. Unfortunately I forgot to bring a second scarf to cover my face from the sand storms (at least I had one for the camera – you have to set priorities, right?). But all the sand couldn’t stop me from climbing rocks and sand dunes, from watching some camels walking through all the different shades of red. Oh, and not to forget from smiling in awe of all the beauty (what is a little bit of sand between your teeth anyway?).
Another highlight of Jordan and probably the most famous one was Petra. Until then I only knew pictures of the Treasury but Petra is so much more. In fact, it’s huge! We were walking and climbing around for a whole day and could have spent 2 more! It was good to get there early as it got more crowded during the day. Nearby there is “Little Petra” as well, which is smaller but also beautiful and less frequented.
Amman and Surroundings
Our next stop was the capital, Amman. Besides all the historical sites like the roman theater, I loved strolling through the city while sipping on a freshly pressed fruit juice!
From Amman we also went to see the desert Castles: Qasr Kharana, Qasr Al-Azraq and Qasr Amra. I felt like in Lawrence of Arabia, which is no wonder as he really stayed in one of them (Al-Azraq)!
Gerasa and Pella
Our last stops were Gerasa and Pella, both also full of history. Gerasa is one of the biggest still preserved roman cities (which is amazing – especially if you had Latin in school, like me). Pella is mainly known for its archaeological sites.
All in all Jordan for me is a country, that combined it all. People were incredibly friendly and open to stop for a talk or invite you for tea. The food was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! There were so many different types of landscapes but they had something in common: they were truly breathtaking! And there was so much history! Oh, and did I mention the food?! 😉
So if you don’t already have it on your list, you should definitely put it there immediately!
By Laura from @lfb_photography