No, its not a dream, its a dream come true. Visiting Jordan has always been on top of my bucket list. This dream turned into a reality when Zenia and I decided to take a short trip to this intriguing country. Yaay!! Finally my travel stars have emerged from the dark clouds to shine brightly. It was time to kick start the road trip across Jordan. Amman, Petra and the Dead sea, here we come!! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me!
Is Jordan safe?
While you hear of alot of war stories from the Middle East, Jordan is a very safe country. This does not affect Jordan’s safety whatsoever and it will welcome you with warm hospitality. Jordan is probably the safest option for anyone wanting to visit the Middle East right now. The Jordanian Dinar is the currency of Jordan.
My Jordan Journey
It was a pleasant early morning flight with a two hour halt at Kuwait airport. We were whisked through immigration on arrival, thanks to the fabulous arrangements made by our travel agent. There was no time to waste, with excitement at its peak we immediately rushed off to see the Amman Citadel and the Amphitheater – gorgeous sights that I’ll be dreaming about for days to come. Amman really enchanted me. Weary and tired we checked into Le Meridien. A beautiful property, the hotel has best modern amenities. Rooms were very spacious, bed comfortable and had the view of the city.
Travel changes you, it leaves a mark on your mind and heart that is so beautiful. Today was a day filled with road travel, rugged terrain, clear blue skies and blissfully uniting with the Dead Sea. Floating in the Dead Sea was one of the experiences I looked forward to the most in Jordan. The Dead Sea, named because no life can survive in it, is a big source of pride for Jordanians. Because of the high salt content — caused by the Dead Sea being 430 meters below sea level, which causes it to evaporate faster than usual.
Sometimes you gotta go out and see the world.Today we did a long road trip to Petra, with some breathtaking views, it felt like a magical land. Nothing in the world had prepared me for what I was about to see at Petra. No matter how many images I’ve seen in books, or the number of hours I’ve spent on google, seeing the real thing with your eyes is the best of all.
Imagine an ancient city. An ancient city carved entirely out of mountain rocks. An ancient city hidden from the world till 200 years ago. A city with an amphitheater, treasury, underground water channels, dams, temples and tombs.
Enter the Siq, which is 1.5 km long narrow canyon. We were lucky – on the first day of our visit to Petra there were very few tourists. However burning hot it was outside, in the canyon it felt cool. It’s quiet, peaceful. The long walk didn’t tire us at all. Infact our guide entertained us with theories and stories. He even played a prank on us, made us walk backward with eyes shut only to behold the first glimpse of the grand treasury. Everything inside me was screaming with joy and excitement now.
One dip in the Dead Sea was not enough. A Dead Sea mud mask can improve the appearance of your facial skin by improving elasticity and minimizing pores, wrinkles and lines. When it dries, toxins that may be present in your skin cells from your everyday diet are drawn out. Your face will feel clean and refreshed.The ritual was repeated before my final bye bye.
The luxury Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea is found in a traditional village setting nestled amongst lush gardens. The resort is on a huge campus. You need a vehicle to guide you around with a map. We actually went pool hopping visiting the three different pools. Later on, we packed with heavy hearts, ready to take the journey back home but not before stopping to shop for a few souvenirs.
Overall I was happy to return back home – but it was bittersweet happiness. Altogether, I know that I’ll be returning to Jordan in the near future. I need to see more of Wadi Rum and take another road trip. Thankful to my daughter Zenia Irani who participated in GET SOME SUN with Radio One contest on Facebook and was rightfully selected as the winner, I got to visit Jordan.