Jordanian Hospitality

I had always heard that Jordanians were especially kind people, so I wasn’t entirely shocked at my first impression, but I was still blown away by the amount of personal care that I received while travelling through the country.

Having just travelled three days without much sleep, from the arctic climate of Iceland to the desert dryness in Jordan, I was already in line for the perfect recipe of becoming ill. It was imminent.

The second morning started with a sore throat and no will to get out of bed. By the next day, I had a full on head cold and was quietly hating the world, but so excited to be in Jordan that I tried to ignore it.

By the fourth day I was suppressing itchy coughs, unable to breathe through my nose, fighting a terrible sinus headache and dizzily trying to navigate the blurry world around me that worsened with the unavoidable sun and heat.

I managed to make my way to the dining cabin at Rummana camp in the early morning at the Dana Biosphere Reserve, where I was met with a glass full of a strange yellow coloured liquid. They had already caught word of my illness and concocted a special medicine to cure my sore throat.

They ensured me that it was a special Bedouin recipe and not to worry. Without a second thought, I threw it back and swallowed the entire glass.

It was disgusting.

The Bedouin man laughed at me as I scrunched up my face and motioned his hands around his throat and smiled.

I laughed with him; as bad as it tasted, my throat felt 90% better within five minutes.

Somewhere in a Sudafed state of deliriousness, I made it from the Dana Reserve to Dana village, wandered around for an hour and then rode the bus for another few hours to Feynan Ecolodge.

I woke up from a half-sleep and wandered into the lobby in a daze. After having already served me iced mint tea and a cold towel, the staff heard I was sick and offered me another special Bedouin recipe, this time in a hot mint tea.

After my tea, I proceeded to sleep for the next 15 hours, only with small breaks for meals. By the next morning, I was cured.

The rest of my group were also a big help and totally understanding of my weakened state, always asking how I was doing and offering to help. I’d like to give a special thanks to Lesley and Nancy for taking on a type of “Mom-role” as I acted like an eight year old in a twenty-five year old’s body. I really appreciate the time you guys spent making sure that I was alright and can’t thank you enough!

The rest of the experience was no different. Jordanians were always eager to help and lend a hand before I even had the chance to ask for it. They were friendly, kind and incredibly happy.

Young children offered us candy and popcicles, everyone smiled, curious schoolgirls swarmed us for photos and questions and random passers-by welcomed us to the country. Nearly everyone we met invited us in for tea, guides were gracious & helpful and we were made to feel comfortable in every situation.

If you’re looking for somewhere new to visit where you can find adventure, culture, rich history and some incredibly friendly locals; I highly recommend visiting Jordan.

Our Bedouin 4×4 driver was anything but serious on the way to Little Petra

Lesley becomes a local in the Amman Souk

Our friendly drivers patiently waiting for us to take photos at yet another viewing point

An adorable young Jordanian boy smiles for the cameras as we step into a random barber shop in the back streets of downtown Amman

Our guide at Petra stepped outside his job description to show us exactly where to find the best viewing point of the Treasury

Our loving guide Ibrahim, who introduced us to Jordan over 10 days with a never-ending supply of energy and smiles

Catching a ride through the desert with a local Bedouin

A Bedouin preparing Nargile (Shisha) to share with us in the desert

My young camel guide at Petra, showing me the best sites and telling me stories of his other guests

Magical Bedouin mint tea

This trip was made possible by My Jordan Journey.
All thoughts & opinions are my own. 

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10 Responses to “Jordanian Hospitality”

  1. Danielle
    May 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Thats so great they made you feel better! It’s always the best when people go out of their way to do something special for you! Glad you were able to enjoy your trip 🙂 Also, super jealous!

    • Seattle
      May 7, 2013 at 6:52 am #

      It always amazes me how selfless some people can be. And, don’t be jealous–go see it for yourself!! 😀

  2. Erin Marie
    May 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Beautiful photos! Being sick on the road is the worst, but it’s so nice when the people you are with are willing to take care of you. Amazing how local remedies always work best. 😉
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    • Seattle
      May 7, 2013 at 6:51 am #

      Agreed! And, I think that a placebo could do the job while travelling, as long as you want to believe that it works 😀

  3. Green Global Travel
    May 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    These pictures are stunning! It’s amazing how welcoming and caring people can be to strangers
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  4. Jessie Festa
    May 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    You seriously do take the most amazing photos. Wish we were still there! 🙂
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  5. Cheryl
    May 7, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Awww, nice to hear they helped nurse you back to health! And ah-may-zing photos. 🙂
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    • Seattle
      June 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      Thanks! Yeah–I’ll take my healthcare in Jordan any day 😀

  6. Agness
    May 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    Great to hear Jordanian are so hospitable and caring. I’ve heard some stories about them trying to rip visitors off.
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    • Seattle
      June 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      Oh–weird, I never heard anything like that and definitely didn’t experience it. I suppose everyone has a different story though!

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