Heartbreak in Jordan (2019)
My trip to Jordan turned out completely different than planned when my relationship unexpectedly disintegrated on the first day. I combine this very personal story and life lessons with Jordan travel tips in this blog. Yes, I know it’s very unusual, but the two are so connected that one without the other would not make sense. And since I am learning to be more vulnerable, why not share this ‘journey’ with you.
Dinner in Amman
The first evening we had an incredible dinner with some business relations in one of the best restaurants in Amman: www.fakhreldin.com. It is housed in a beautiful old palace, and it is interesting to watch the local elite and the fancily traditionally dressed waiters. We especially admired the guy in charge of distributing the freshly baked bread, which he did with a vengeance (you could hardly refuse) and a smile… And the food, the food….. Three times the table was fully loaded with different dishes: all pure and tasty. There was too much to eat; so much abundance, I felt a bit bad about the waste.
Wake up call
I dodged all the guides at the entrance who were offering their services and also the ones on the walk to the main site. I just did not want to have to pretend to be interested, did not want anybody around me. But after two hours of just following the main route, seeing some beautiful buildings, but not enjoying anything, I was wondering what to do: leave Petra? And then, go where? I had already left my hotel room and had not been able to find anywhere to stay another night around Petra. At 5 pm I would be picked up by a taxi to go to the desert camp where I would start a horse ride the next day. What to do with the day ahead? What to do with myself?
Connection in Petra
Petra by night
Pay it forward
White wolf in the desert
- For an unforgettable trip in the desert, join Brenda of Jordan Desert Journeys.
- Get the Jordan pass, which includes a visa and one or more days entrance to Petra
- Uber is active in Amman. Unfortunately, they are not allowed to pick up passengers from the airport, but a ride around town is only 1,5JD. Don’t use the yellow taxi’s, they charge much more.
- Many tourists hire a driver to drive them around, which is a great way to see more and get local info. However, the drivers take you to roadside restaurants where drivers eat for free, which means they are catered to tourists. I asked my driver to stop at a local cafe next to a gas station, where I ate the most delicious Falafel sandwich for just 0,5JD!
- A nice souvenir is Za’atar, the traditional herb mix that bedouin eat with olive oil and bread.