The people of Jordan

The people of Jordan were some of the friendliest that I have met on my travels (Yes, I know I say that everyone from every country is the friendliest, but honestly they all are. It’s not often that I have a bad experience with locals while I travel.). Being that Jordan of course is in the Middle East I will admit, that at first I had some pre-concieved anxieties about visiting by myself (even though I would be on a G Adventures group tour for the majority of the trip) also I worried about the food and what the people would be like. I had read posts by my friends Ayngelina and Kate and they had only lovely things to say about the people and their time spent there but I still had that fear of the unknown.

However after a few days of settling into this new country and having more than one nice encounter with a Jordanian, that still might be considered a coincidence, I realized that the people here were really very friendly. As I walked down through the streets of Amman by myself, shop keepers wouldn’t bug me to enter their shop but rather they would notice I was foreign and instead would say “Welcome. Welcome to Jordan.”. That was nice to hear.

Luckily for me a few of them even let me take their photographs.

traditional jordanian bag piper

In the ancient city of Jerash, this man dressed in traditional Jordanian clothing plays the bagpipes for visiting tourists. Who knew that bagpipes were popular in Scotland as they are in Jordan? This comes of course from the British influence.

A Jordanian fruit stand

A local looks to sell me grapes from his fruit stand….. oh wait that is just a mannequin in the Story Museum near Mt. Nebo…. ;)

A man selling souviners overlooking the Mujib Dam Valley

A man sells souvenirs at a lookoff overlooking the Mujib Dam Valley in Jordan.

sand art guy

Sand art is a popular souvenir in Jordan with most people telling you they can make you personalized sand art with your name in 2 minutes time. This guy tried to convince us he could do it in 30secs. He was pretty fast, but not that fast. It was amusing to see him try though.

bedouin postcard seller

There were lots of bedouin children running around Petra, some begging for a biscuit while others sold 10 postcards for one dinar. I captured this little girl selling postcards on the steps going up to the view from the high place in Petra.

bedoiun woman overlooking Petra

A bedouin woman looks out from the view at the high place over the ancient city of Petra.

a bedouin girl in petra

A young bedouin girl sells colorful rocks in Petra.

bedoun and donkeys

A young Bedouin man waits for tourists to ride his donkeys around Petra.

camel petra

Camel. Not a person, but he was making a funny face so he had to be included.

bedoin tea wadi rum

Being served tea in a Wadi Rum dessert camp.This guy had really great eyes.

a bedoin serves tea in wadi rum

Being served more tea by a bedouin in Wadi Rum. In Jordan they drink A LOT of tea and I found it to be very tasty.

Bedouin camel owners

 

These two followed us around in Wadi Rum for a bit trying to convince us to ride their camels.

man selling tea in the streets of Amman

 

Walking around the streets of Amman on a rainy day I came across this man who walks the street selling hot tea with mint. I asked for his photo and then he gave me a free glass of tea refusing to take my money.

While visiting I asked my G Adventures CEO how many tourists visit a year and was told that before it was around 1 million but since the rise of conflicts in the Middle East over the past few years the numbers have greatly declined and now average around 150,000. This is very sad for the people of Jordan but it gives you an extremely good excuse to visit Jordan now. Get off your butt and go you won’t regret it!

 

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 country with a childlike wonder or people so many kind and welcoming people. All views expressed as always are my own.

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Edna Riwkes
    June 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Great article thank u!

  • Reply
    eemusings
    June 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

    BAGPIPES!!! Now that’s incongruity.

  • Reply
    Noah @ Somewhere Or Bust
    May 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I loved traveling around Jordan on my own. My best moment was sitting at the top of Petra drinking tea with some Bedouin guy who sold jewelry out of his tent. In the hour I was up there, not one person came by. Tough place to have a business. But he was in high spirits and friendly and didn’t even solicit my business. I also had the best lemon chicken grilled over a desert fire in Wadi Rum

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    Megan
    May 22, 2013 at 2:39 am

    These photos are wonderful! I always wish I had more photos of people from my trips- do you ask before taking them? And the guy serving tea in the Wadi Rum really does have gorgeous eyes, damn!

  • Reply
    David @ That Gay Backpacker
    May 20, 2013 at 7:52 am

    The Middle East scares me a wee bit because of the whole gay thing – but I’d still absolutely love to visit Jordan. Great photos!

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