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Photolog: Memories from Jordan 🇯🇴

On the first week of May 2016, I went on a week-long trip to Jordan as a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board. This post is the highlights of my Jordan experiences through photos – the first of many posts to come.

Jordan is the first Arabic country I’ve ever set foot on, not counting the multitudes of transits in Dubai Airport I’ve done in the past. I’ll be honest – I was quite excited yet nervous to be exploring a territory that is completely new to me. And, to add more to the excitement, a new country hasn’t been added to my travel map in over a year (last one was Myanmar in 2015).

Well, I’m happy to share that my time in Jordan was absolutely amazing. It was everything I hoped it would be – I was able to try food I have never heard of, checked off two items from my travel bucket list, learned plenty about Bedouin culture and gained insights on Arabic culture firsthand from locals.

I visited quite a few of places during the trip – Amman, As-Salt, The Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum. On this post I will break up the highlight photos by places to illustrate the sights I see on each place. Don’t worry, this is just the tip of the iceberg! more detailed posts are definitely coming from Jordan… especially the glorious food.

And as usual (because I know someone will ask this question :D) All photos are taken with iPhone 6s Plus, unless noted otherwise.

Amman

Amman was my touch point in Jordan, making it my first foray into the Arab region, so it played an important role in shaping my perception of the Arabic culture. I have to admit, I knew very little about the middle east before this trip let alone the history of each countries in the region. I was pleasantly surprised to learn just how rich the history of Jordan is. I never expected to see Roman structures in the middle of Amman!

View from Amman Citadel

View from Amman Citadel

Temple of Hercules at Amman Citadel

Temple of Hercules at Amman Citadel

Vintage Scraps at Downtown Amman

Vintage Scraps at Downtown Amman

View of Amman from Wild Jordan

View of Amman from Wild Jordan

As-Salt

As-Salt is an ancient city just an hour away from Amman. It used to be the regional capital during the days of Ottoman Empire.

A Souk (Market) at the historical city As-Salt

A Souk (Market) at the historical city As-Salt

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea are also only an hour drive from Amman, though on opposite directions of As-Salt. I stayed at the Kempinski Ishtar for one night. Not only was it a beautiful resort to stay in, I also got to check off one of my bucket list: Floating on the Dead Sea!

My hotel room balcony at the Kempinski

My hotel room balcony at the Kempinski

Floating on the Dead Sea

Floating on the Dead Sea

At a view point at the Dead Sea

At a view point at the Dead Sea Road

Dana Nature Reserve

We stayed overnight in the middle of nature in Rumana Camp in Dana Nature Reserve on the mountains. Both the nature reserve and the drive up there was absolutely beautiful.

On our way up to Dana

On our way up to Dana

Fantastic Sunset at Dana Nature Valley

Fantastic Sunset at Dana Nature Valley

Petra

Petra has become the ultimate symbol of Jordan, and it’s really no surprise why – everything there was just so majestic. I checked off my second Jordan bucket list here, which is to see The Treasury. I recommend spending two days here because the place is massive and there are so much to see!

One of my bucket list: The Treasury at Petra

One of my bucket list: The Treasury at Petra

The Monastery and I - Can you spot me?

The Monastery and I – Can you spot me?

A required picture from The Treasury

A required picture from The Treasury

Meeting a bunch of Jack Sparrows at Petra

Meeting a bunch of Jack Sparrows at Petra

Petra city from the above

Petra city from the above

Wadi Rum

A desert filled with sandstones that are taller than some of the skyscrapers in Singapore. Due to its extreme terrain that makes it look extraterrestrial, it was chosen to be the set for movies like The Martian. We stayed overnight at Wadi Rum in a Bedouin camp.

Long winding rocky road, on the way to Wadi Rum from Petra

Long winding rocky road, on the way to Wadi Rum from Petra

Wadi Rum, Valley of the Moon

Wadi Rum, Valley of the Moon

Jean climbing up one of the sandstones in Wadi Rum

Jean climbing up one of the sandstones in Wadi Rum

An old man playing Bedouin guitar

An old man playing Bedouin guitar

A camp in Wadi Rum, where all the camels are kept

A camp in Wadi Rum, where all the camels are kept

More blog post from Jordan is coming soon – food is next! Subscribe to this blog by clicking on the link in the footer, or like me on facebook for updates!

Until next time :)

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