Middle East

This is Jordan

I imagine myself waking up under the stars of the desert sky—sand between my toes and in my hair. The feeling that you get when you go to the beach as a child, and know that there is no way you’ll ever be free from all this sand again. The darkness pours over the desert, and all you hear is the sounds of the local guides helping prepare meals, and the sound of our camp camels making goofy noises in the distance. This is what peace feels like, the reason I travel, the moment where you’re so utterly happy you feel an ache of joy in your heart. This is Jordan.

Dead Sea

I envision being so excited when we finally make it to the Dead Sea. Although the whole trip would be filled with experiences I will never get to have in my day-to-day life back home, this is one of those experiences that leave you struck with gratefulness of the pure beauty that only nature has a way of creating. As I approach this body of water, I just take a moment to breathe in the sandy, dry air, trying to soak up every single thing around me in hopes I never forget this moment of sheer joy and appreciation for nature and its miracles. This is Jordan.

Petra

I walk through the older streets of Amman, the capital city of Jordan, and with every corner I turn, I discover something that is historically magical. The little boxed buildings and houses that line the streets, all of different shapes and sizes but all as strangely similar and familiar as the next. The colour of beige like sand washes over the entire city, and I think to myself how strange it is for a city to be so alive and vibrant with colour, but so subtle and simple from the exterior. As I pass through the streets I stumble upon historical sites that makes you praise the artwork of restoration and preservation. This, this is Jordan.

Petra
I arrive in Petra, a centerpiece for Jordan, and when you visit it, you don’t even have to question why. With its UNESCO World Heritage title, I’m thankful for the discovery of this majestic place in 1812, decades after its birth. I couldn’t imagine not knowing of the existence of this place, and I really can’t imagine what the discovery of a city like this would have been like. With wide eyes, and my horse in tow, I enter Petra. With each monument I come across, I’m in awe at the sandstone carvings that formed buildings, tombs, and temples. It was one of those feelings that make you pinch yourself, because you can’t believe a place like this exists in this now modern world. This is Jordan.

Wadi Rum
I float above the horizon, waiting for the warm desert sun to rise with me. Wadi Rum, a place that also holds a UNESCO World Heritage name but stands out in its own unique way. I’m floating above this desert in a hot air balloon, with the heat of the sun that has risen with us, and although the site from above leaves me speechless, I’m eager to explore the land. I walk amongst the temples and formations with the others, searching for inscriptions and paintings. I wonder what each mean, what the story is that each of them tells. This history, this is Jordan.

I imagine myself experiencing the pink city of Petra, the ancient graffiti in Wadi Rum, and the culture of the Middle Eastern people of Jordan. I want to feel the desert heat, and the cool, blue waters of the Dead Sea, I want to learn about an ancient and historical country that for many travellers is so mysterious and unknown.

Jordan is calling for me, Jordan wants to teach me so much about itself and allow me to lose and find myself in its magic. Is it calling for you too?

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Note: This post is done for a submission in a contest with Jordan’s Tourism Board and Bestway Tours. Want to help me win a trip to Jordan and have the opportunity to share my real experience in this country? Share this article, click here to learn more about this country, or interact with this post on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Thank you in advance!

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21 Comments

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    Barbara Gabriel
    August 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Jordan has long been on my list, for all of the reasons and sensations you describe. Good Luck!

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    Amanda
    August 13, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I think you hit the nail on the head: “an ancient and historical country that for many travellers is so mysterious and unknown.” I’ve always wanted to go to Petra just because it’s one of those places you don’t hear about too often! I hope you get to go – I’d love to hear about your experience and see pictures of course. 😀

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    Rachel
    August 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Sounds incredible!

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    Heather Simon Carlson
    August 15, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Planning on going here after Israel this spring. What is the minimum number of days you think I need?

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      Lauren
      August 17, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Hey Heather! I haven’t actually been, but I have seen tours that are about 8-15 days. I guess it depends on how much you’d want to see!

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      Amanda
      September 3, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Heather,

      We would love to help you plan your Jordan trip! Check out a few of our tours at http://www.travel.bestway.com/travellers-sign-up/

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        Amanda
        September 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm

        Or better yet give us a call at 1 800 663 0844 and ask for my friend Chi 🙂

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    Breanna Wilson
    August 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Such an interesting place! And such beautiful and unique UNESCO sites. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures in Jordan!!

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      Lauren
      August 17, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Hopefully I win this contest so I can share more 🙂

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    Carol Colborn
    August 15, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Your photos are magical and your writing is lyrical. Hope you win!

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      Lauren
      August 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Carol! A shout-out to the Jordan Tourism Board for having a great media gallery on their website. Hopefully I`ll get to make some of my own photos there soon 🙂

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    Kanika Kalia
    August 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Jordan is definitely on my bucket list and I will love to hear your experiences. Reading your article , I have no doubt that you will win the contest and will make your wish come true. Good Luck.

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      Lauren
      August 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Thanks so the encouragement Kanika! Crossing my fingers & toes!

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    Travel-Ling
    August 16, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Great description of Jordan! We still haven’t been (but desperately want to!). Really enjoyed reading this. Will also share! Good luck!

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      Lauren
      August 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Thanks for the support 🙂 Hopefully we will both get there soon!

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    Dawn Kealing
    August 17, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I absolutely loved my adventures through Jordan!! You’re only missing one thing: Jerash! The Greco-Roman ruins in the city of Jerash; you 100% will not regret visiting this site. It’s absolutely breathtaking and such a massive site with so much to see! 🙂 The hot air balloon, regardless of cost, is an experience and memory you will cherish forever, I promise you! Good luck, I hope you win and get the chance to experience this amazing country! ^_^

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      Lauren
      August 17, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Sounds amazing Dawn! Thanks for the tips 🙂 Hopefully I`ll get to make my own memories there soon!

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    Emma Hart
    August 18, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    You tell a story of Jordan like you have already been so I can’t wait to read about it if you do make it there. What a lovely read 🙂

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    Pilar, Elizabeth
    August 19, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Nice piece.

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    Emily
    August 20, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Awesome post – I love this concept of imagining a future trip! Good luck with the contest 🙂

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    priya
    August 20, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Jordan one of ancient place in globe every time i missed in my plan

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