Ever since TE Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’) first captured Wadi Rum’s stunning desert landscape in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, adventurers have been unable to resist the romance of this remote corner of Jordan. Often torturing visitors with a desert’s extremes of summer heat, freezing nighttime temperatures and scorching sunlight, for those willing to brave the sands and rudimentary conditions of a Bedouin tent, the rewards are unforgettable.
With numerous markets in and around Amman, it might take a little knowing before you find a place you are most comfortable with. The sure bet is to head over to Al-Balad, a very modern part of the city with various shops, including the famous Amman souk, where you can everything from crafts from local artisans, to clothes, to trinkets and local foods you won’t get anywhere else.
Jordan is an interesting place. The main bastions of civilization are by western standards not that impressive, but what this country lacks in infrastructure it surely makes up for in truly amazing natural landscapes.
There are two things to prepare yourself for with Jordanian food: the fantastic quality and the fantastic quantity! For Jordanians, eating is a very social affair so meals can last for hours with up to ten courses of food borrowed from around the region, but uniquely Jordanian.