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Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Jordan, Middle East | 13 comments

Alive in Amman


Hi friends,

It has been some time since I last posted, but I am alive and well! The past two weeks have been some of the most hectic I’ve had in a long time. Anyone who says packing up your life into a couple of packs to travel the world long-term is easy obviously has a lot less stuff then me.

Jen and I have spent the last two weeks saying goodbye to friends and family and packing up our apartment once more. Now we are out on the road again, and loving it! After spending a day in Dubai relaxing by the pool and catching up on sleep. It still hasn’t sunk in that we will be away for the rest of the year, but now we are in Amman, Jordan about to set off through Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, the Rose City of Petra and into the holy lands of Israel.

Our arrival into Amman today almost didn’t happen though as our favourite (read most despised) airline tried to boot us off our flight claiming they were overbooked. Of our two visits to Dubai and our two attempts to leave the country, they have tried this both times, succeeding the first and almost today. I have no idea whether it is because we are a young couple that they think we can be pushed around but we have inside information that the airline purposely over books all their flights because they don’t want an empty plane. I don’t want to turn this into an anti-Emirates rant so I will stop now, but I would like to warn you of our bad experiences with them. In the end we made it on the flight today thanks to Jen terrifying the woman at the desk with threats to totally lose it 🙂




Now that we are here in Amman, we feel like we can relax and spent the afternoon having a quick look around the neighbourhood. The buildings here are reminiscent of those in Cairo and the city is full of huge apartment blocks. They are however a lot nicer than those of Cairo’s and walking the streets we have found the locals to be very warm and welcoming. It is hard to believe so many people thought Jordan was not a nice place to visit, so far we can’t complain.

Tomorrow our tour begins and we will explore Amman a bit more before setting off for 12 days through Jordan and Israel. Until then, here is a sneak preview of Amman. There is no telling when the next post will go up but when it does I’m sure the photos will not disappoint 🙂





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  1. I need to get Jen to teach me how to be a crazy at the airport too – well threaten to be one in her case 🙂

    • Yeah I think it is a skill which would come in handy for all us travellers 😉

  2. Happy Easter you two… being in the holy lands at this time of year will be a powerful experience.And yes the freedom of the road is intoxicating. Have some fun! XOXO Dar

    • Happy easter to you and Ken too Dar. Will try to have some fun, shouldn’t be too hard 🙂 xxx

  3. Yay! Sorry to hear that Emirates did not treat you nicely but don’t let it spoil the trip!

    I’m happy to read that you made it to Jordan and I look forward to read more about your adventures.

    Happy travels and may God bless you both.

    Tashi Delek, all the best

    Kay 🙂

    • Won’t give it another thought my friend. Good to be away from the airports for a little while. Jordan is incredible so far. Cannot wait to get the photos up.

  4. Don’t worry about the Emirates and keep enjoying the beautiful scenery of Amman. We are so happy to see you on the road!!!!

    • Will do Agness! Got that sorted now and enjoying ourselves in Jordan. Such a beautiful country!

  5. I’ve never been to the middle east but I’d love to go. I’ll probably take your tip and not fly Emirates though 🙂

    • It is an amazing place! Emirates were ok once we were in the air, but getting there seems to be challenging 🙂

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