The big billboard ad looming over the highway read “Expect the unexpected” as a man in camouflage held a shiny rifle and smiled at the cars passing by below. I thought to myself – I hope this is advertising hunting, but quite frankly in the Middle East I’m not quite sure – anything goes! My […]
Things to do in Jordan :
- A visit to Petra is a must do – especially if you can get there early in the morning to watch the empty space fill with tourists, merchants and light.
- Take a float on the Dead Sea or lather up with the mud said to have healing properties.
- Participate in Conversation Corps – a GeoVisions program where you converse with/tutor a family in exchange for room and board.
Hotels in Jordan :
- My experience at Cleopetra Hotel in Wadi Rum was one of the key things that made my whole trip to Petra so enjoyable.
- The Feynan Ecolodge is integrated into the Bedouin environment and is completely unplugged leaving plenty of time for hiking, mountain biking, canyoning and cultural experiences.
Food in Jordan :
- Late night food cravings should always lead you to Salah-El-Din sandwich shop.
Pictures of Jordan :
Vast expanses of gorgeous desert, rock facades the color of orange sherbet, Bedouin camps, seas full of salt – it just screams of adventure, doesn’t it?!? Head on over to my Jordan photo gallery to see more!
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