Thursday, December 10, 2009
"Always Welcome in Jordan"
"Welcome, welcome!" Just about every Jordanian we met in Jordan repeated the simple yet warm word to us while we were there for 11 days last week. It turned out the word can be used loosely as "hi", "bye", "thank you", "okay", or filler for moment of awkward silence. During a typical quick conversation, you can hear the word muttered at least a dozen times. It's essentially the duct tape of Jordanian's English vocabulary.
So what did we do while we were there. Let's see. My top highlights would be...
- Camping in a Bedouin tent in the middle of desert:
- Driving in the mountain range
- Sleeping in an ancient cave next to Petra:
- Selfishly and gladly having Petra's Treasury all to ourselves in a beautiful early morning:
- Mudding ourselves at the Dead Sea:
- Diving/snorkelling in the the Red Sea at Aqaba.
- Moon walking in the dark night under full moon in Wadi Rum:
- Riding very spirited Arabian horse:
- Camel Riding!! (Smell you later!)
Special thanks to our couchsurfing hosts for helping make such a memorable trip: Akram and Bianca in Amman and Nawaf in Petra!