Hey everyone, I am currently posting from Amman, Jordan! AND TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!!! For those of you who don’t know, yes, Jordan is next to Syria. But that being said, Jordan is 100% safe right now, and it is an absolutely beautiful place to visit.
I have been in Jordan, mostly in Amman, for a few weeks now. There were a few things about Jordan that really surprised me:
It’s expensive! Besides falafel and hummus, prices for tourism, cafes, and food, are on par, or exceed many of the most expensive Western cites I have visited.
There is almost no public transit. There are some buses and service cars (mini buses), but mostly, people take cabs and private cars. Because of this, cabs and private cars are reasonably priced. It is common to hire a driver for the day to take you around to tourist locations, and I take cabs to travel around Amman for a few dollars a ride.
Jordan is beautiful. Jordan really is a natural beauty, with desert landscapes, ancient archaeological sites, and historical cities.
So with all this beauty around me, what did I see in Jordan?
Amman is Jordan’s capital, and the home base for most travelers in the country. I spent lots of time wandering the streets, eating hummus, and frequenting trendy cafes.
History: The Roman Amphitheater and Citadel are found here in Amman. I really enjoyed my visit to these historic sites.
Food: There is a lot of naturally vegan food in the region, so I won’t talk too much about where to eat on this post. But, I feel that there is one hummus and falafel place in Amman worth a mention. If you have been following my snap stories, you will know that place is called Hashem, it’s located downtown, and it’s famous around the region. Supposedly, the King and Queen of Jordan eat here. Plus, it’s cheap! We got all of this and a 4 rounds of tea for $8.
Rainbow Street: Rainbow street begins at the first circle. There are many restaurants, bars, and cafe’s here, as well as good quality second hand shops.
Luwebdeh: Luwebdeh is where I stayed in Amman. I think it’s the nicest area to stay in the city. There are many trendy bars, and cafes here. Besides this, there is a well known Arabic language school in the area, so you can find a multi-cultural community in Luwebdeh.
Petra: I was lucky enough to get a trip to Petra thanks to the Jordan Tourist Board, otherwise, I think I would have skipped Petra because it costs 50JD ($70) for the day to get in. For me, this is way too expensive, and I think they just get away with this price because Petra is one of the main reasons people visit Jordan. But this being said, I think Petra is worth seeing if you come to Jordan, and there is the option to buy the Jordan pass at the airport which makes this site (and many other sites) more affordable.
Petra is an ancient archaeological city, also known as the Rose City, due to the color of the stones the city has been carved out of. You can spend a whole day here, and I know people who have spent two. For me, one was sufficient to explore this beautiful city.
Jerash: Jerash is little less than an hour north of Amman. You can take a service from the north bus station in Amman for 1JD. Jerash is an ancient city, and has been very well preserved. I really enjoyed spending the day here, seeing the beautiful views, and imagining how life must have been for the people once living in this place.
The Dead Sea: I visited the Dead Sea twice in Israel/Palestine but we did it the cheap way; just walking down to the sea where there was no fence. So in Jordan, I tried a fancy day hotel which provided towels, lockers, showers, and beautiful infinity pools. The name of this place is “O Beach Hotel” and it costs 25 JD for the day. The place was nice, and quite quiet, and I think for the luxury and comfort it was worth it, just for a day.
Have you ever visited Jordan? What were your impressions?
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