Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Jordan: The Perfect Introduction to the Middle East

Dear Readers, I know that many of you long to see the world.  So you’ve traveled a bit in Europe.  You’ve done the resort vacation in Mexico.  Perhaps you’ve done a bit of Central America or even Asia. And you’d like to try somewhere new– somewhere adventurous, and exciting, and DIFFERENT. May I make a [...]

Petra by Night? More like Petra by DOWNPOUR!

Petra by Night is a lovely introduction to Petra — you visit the famed Treasury while it’s illuminated by candlelight as soft music plays and they serve tea. Under normal circumstances, it looks like this: Image: Debraj It didn’t exactly happen that way for me. The weather had been good all week, but it began [...]

How to Tie a Bedouin Scarf

On this icy cold Sunday — well, at least it is here in Massachusetts! — I’ve got a video for you straight from the desert: Wadi Rum in Jordan. While in Jordan, I learned that there are SO many ways to tie a headscarf, either for men or for women. And I wanted to learn [...]

Camping with Bedouins in Wadi Rum

I was very much looking forward to the Wadi Rum leg of my trip to Jordan — because I would be camping in the desert!  As a girl who has camped her entire life, first went camping at twelve days old (!), and took her first steps in a tent (seriously), I knew camping with [...]

Kicking Back at the Ma’in Hot Springs

Think the Dead Sea is the only spa escape in Jordan?  Think again. Not far from the Dead Sea are the Ma’in hot springs and the Evason Ma’in Resort and Six Senses Spa. This area stays warm year-round because it’s 264 meters below sea level, and it’s covered in beautiful waterfalls. Hot waterfalls, that is! The [...]

Floating in the Dead Sea in Jordan

Floating in the Dead Sea was one of the experiences I looked forward to the most in Jordan.  It’s one of those unique travel experiences that can only be had in this tiny part of the Middle East. The Dead Sea, named because no life can survive in it, is a big source of pride [...]

Scenes from a Jordanian Road Trip

While I’m not so big on the act of driving, I love a good road trip.  Setting off with friends, good music, and letting the road unfold in front of you — what could be better? It turns out that Jordan is an excellent place for a road trip.  The roads are safe and mostly [...]

Walking into Petra for the First Time

I knew I’d be impressed by Petra.  After reading glowing review after glowing review, it seemed like there would be no other option.  And was I ever. It takes a long time to get to the Treasury, Petra’s most famous icon.  The long, winding path through Petra’s Siq is 1.2 km long and will take [...]

Traveling in the Off-Season: Sometimes Great, Sometimes Awful!

I’m a big advocate of traveling in the off-season and reaping the benefits: lower prices, fewer crowds, a more local experience. But as I sit here in Turkey, I’m disappointed at my decision to come here for three weeks in late November.  Istanbul was great if a bit cold, Cappadocia was freezing cold and creepily [...]

Jerash: The Coolest Ruins You’ve Never Heard Of

Of all the outstanding views in Jordan, my favorite was from Jerash, seen at the top of the amphitheatre: I loved it.  The ancient city’s colonnade in the foreground, the modern city in the background — this, in a nutshell, is Jordan! The ruins of the ancient city of Jerash are some of the most [...]