Jordan Travel Articles, Photos and Panoramas

Panorama of the Week: Jerash Roman Theater, Jordan

jerash theatre

Just a few hours outside of Jordan's capital city of Amman lies Jerash, a city playing host to a rather impressive collection of Roman ruins. No "ruin fatigue" here: the history of Jerash - layer upon layer of civilizations, from Greek to Roman to Umayyad, keeps you wondering about the cycles of cultures and religions -- and all the people who walked the same streets … [Read more...]

Our Jordan Itinerary: The Details

Tea break in Jordan

OK, great photos and stories from Jordan but what exactly was your itinerary? Where did you go, stay, eat? We've been answering a bunch of "I'm thinking of going to Jordan" emails and need a place to put all of our answers.So here it is: the details of where we stayed, where we ate, what we saw and experienced. The whole scoop for one final go-round. … [Read more...]

The Best Of Jordan in Photos

siq petra

Our journey through Jordan took us from sprawling Amman to the ancient Roman city of Jerash and Nebatean city of Petra. Along the way, we made our way through canyons, deserts, dusty villages, forests and farmland. We took dips in both the Red and Dead Seas. This is all to say that Jordan packs quite a lot into a small land mass.Someone on Twitter recently asked … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: The Best Place to Smoke The Hubbly Bubbly?

jordan shisha

Sure, the Rock Bar in Petra has great ambiance and a smooth lemon mint shisha, Luigi's at the Dead Sea Movenpick has impeccable shisha service and adds a nice belly dance, and Al Rasheed in Amman is the ideal place to chill out in the big city.But when I think "shisha in Jordan," where will my first memory go? I'll remember hanging with the guys in the northern … [Read more...]

Life Lessons We Learned from Jordan’s Bedouins

Our Bedouin Host at Feynan, Jordan

Bedouins. Before our visit to Jordan, the term conjured an image of mysterious desert-bound, tunic-wearing nomads.While in Jordan, we met our share of Bedouins -- some camel collectors and shepherds, others guides and businessmen. Upwards of 40% of the Jordanian population is of Bedouin heritage. As a result, Jordanian hospitality, wisdom and culture are all … [Read more...]

Women in Jordan: The Once Forgotten Women of the Dead Sea

Women of Zikra Initiative in Jordan

On occasion, we are fortunate enough to have an experience or conversation that sends chills for its human quality. Our time with Zikra Initiative and the women of Ghor al Mazra’a was one such experience.From the moment I passed into the courtyard, Um Atallah took control and led me to a seat on the ground near her. Two other women swapped their attention between … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Atop the Rock Bridge in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum Rock Bridge

Wadi Rum, the colorful, iconic desert valley many of us know from watching Lawrence of Arabia. It remains the land of the Bedouins who move their tents of woven goat hair, the season depending. Whether they make their way camel by day or pickup by night, they seem to know the placement of every rock and every turn across the sand.Their land is also the land of … [Read more...]

Women in Jordan Snapshots: Coffee to Courage

Um Ahmed's Coffee in Aqaba, Jordan

In Jordan, I spent a lot of time with men. Not only did my immediate company consist of men (our driver and host were both men and I had Dan by my side), but many of our in-home social and cultural experiences were dominated by them, too. Tea and coffee in Bedouin tents was served by and among men, dinners in homes -- outside of some interactions with the women of … [Read more...]