Jordan As Seen Through Instagram Photos

Over the past few months I have become quite the instagramming addict on my travels. If I am served a fantastic looking plate of food no matter where I am, you can guess that I will be instagramming it with no shame. If I see a pretty sunset or an interesting street scene you can bet I’ll be instagramming that too. For (almost) every photo I share on instagram I attempt to edit it and make it seem like a piece of beauty rather than a poorly lit unappetizing plate of mush. I do try, but yes I am a stereotypical instagrammer, I admit it. However I do lead a slightly different life than others where I am often in a different country from month to month so I like to think that this makes up for my mundaneness.

Its truly amazing what we can do with these little phones in our pockets!

I also love sharing these photos with you and with my previous posts from Costa Rica, South Africa and Indonesia I have gotten some very positive feedback so today I bring you instagram photos from Jordan!

If you want to stay up to date with my instagrams give me a follow @cailinoneil.

1 hummus in jordan

This is a photo of the BEST hummus of my life. Hummus so good that you want to marry it. I ate this fine specimen at the Sufra restaurant on Rainbow Street in Amman.

2 mansaf

Mansaf is a traditional Jordanian dish. I had no idea what I was ordering at first but I knew it was the chefs special every day so it had to be a good thing. Mansaf is lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yogurt and served with rice or bulgur. Noms – I also ate this at the Sufra restaurant.

3 hashem restaurant

The first night of my G Adventures tour our group got together and went for dinner at one of the best falafel places in the city called Hashem restaurant and it was damn good.

4 first time falafel hashem

This was actually my first time ever eating falafel!

5 g adventures CEO jordan

My tour guide / CEO from G Adventures – Ayman, tells us a bit about the ancient city of Jerash aka Gerasa.

6 fuzzy almonds jordan

In Amman along the side of the road people were selling these everywhere. Green Almonds. Green and fleshy on the outside and the inner shell has not yet hardened, technically the green almond is to the Almond what a young coconut is to a coconut. The almond nut itself grows in the middle but picked early enough the whole thing is edible. The taste is sour and fruity almost like an apple and is surprisingly juicy. Often in the middle east they dip them in salt to balance with the sour taste.

7 bagpiper jordan

I learned in Jordan that they play the bagpipes! Who would of known?

8 mezze jordan

Mezze is a popular food. When you  plan on going out to eat in Jordan make sure you bring lots of friends with empty stomachs.

10 halgoom candy jordan

Jordanians like their sweets and this one was particularly tasty. Called Halgoom it was surgery and jello-y and marshmallowy.

11 cailin view high place petra

The ancient city of Petra is a whole lot more than just the iconic Treasury. Below me you can see more tombs carved from stone in this massive ancient city.

12 manequins

These mannequins lined up on tables in the city of Madaba were begging to have their photo taken.

13 petra

This is what one might call the “pièce de résistance”, the famous Treasury in the ancient city of Petra.

14 wadi rum sunset

While on tour we spent in the night in the Wadi Rum desert and had a chance to watch the sunset over the mountains.

15 bedouin tea

When in Jordan you will find  yourself drinking A LOT of tea. Served above my Bedouins in Wadi Rum it was very tasty, no milk required.

16 kanafeh jordan

One of the most popular deserts to eat in Jordan. I tried it at a specialty bakery in Amman called “Habibah” and there was a constant line out the door for this unique treat.

17 camel petra

Camels were everywhere but I was too afraid to ride one… I admit it… they are so tall! 

18 fish windmill

Fish on ice at a popular restaurant in Amman.

19 king abdullah jordan

The Royal family in Jordan is loved by everyone and you will see photos and paintings of them everywhere you go. This one in particular of King Abdullah II caught my eye.

20 treasury at petra

For the record, yes I did play the Indiana Jones theme song on my phone as I approached the Treasury in Petra.

21sunset wadi rum

The sun sets behind a large sand dune in the Wadi Rum desert.

22 amman

A view of Amman at the Roman Theatre and Forum from on top of the Citadel.

street scene manequins amman


A typical street scene in Amman…. wait a minute, those are mannequins!

These were just a few of my instagramed shots from my 10 day trip around Jordan. To see more check out my instagram @cailinoneil.

Are you on instagram? Leave your user name in the comments below and I’ll give you a follow. Stay tuned for more posts and videos from my Jordan Adventure.

My trip was provided for me by the Visit Jordan Tourism Board and G Adventures. At no point did they ask for a favourable view, amazing photos or for me to explore this ancient site with a childlike wonder. All views expressed as always are my own.

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  • Reply
    May 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I’d say these are anything but mundane ;-) Definitely a bit more interesting than my general Instagram photos of the hikes I take/my obese cat/amazing dog (I mean, he’s good looking, but he’s no camel). Seeing these gets me pumped up for my next trip when I get instragram some more interesting stuff, & I’ve loved following your Jordan Journey!

    …and now I’m hungry again. Sabra aint got nothin’ on that amazing looking Jordanian hummus.

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    May 7, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Your photos look awesome! It makes me want to go back to Jordan again!

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    May 6, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I met your CEO twice while I was in Jordan! I had the other Jordanian G Adventures CEO, but we crossed paths with the other group in Petra and Amman! My tour ended in April so I wonder if we crossed paths at all!

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    May 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I need that hummus in my life. And the green almonds. I suppose a peek at Petra would be nice as well.

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      May 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      OMG Rease it was sooooo damn good! haha All of it!

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    Bethaney - Flashpacker Family
    May 1, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Fantastic pictures! I’ve *just* gotten on board with Instagram (@flashpackerfamily) after seeing all these fabulous pictures people keep posting from Instagram. That hummus looks amazing… if I wasn’t already married…. ;)

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      May 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Bethaney! I think I gave you a follow! Watch out you might get addicted! ;)

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    Scott@Big World Small Budget
    April 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    All that food looks so delicious. I love Middle Eastern food – can’t wait to get back there some day soon!

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      May 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      It was!! I was worried I might not like the food there but my worries were quickly whisked away! :)

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