Jordanians often include 'Welcome' when they are talking to us and often at the end of a phrase. Fitting then that we should say goodbye to this amazing country and… Welcome!
Jordan has completely blown my expectations. Until about a year ago, I barely even knew it existed. I certainly had no clue it contained so much to see and do, nor how friendly, kind and welcoming its people would be. We came because we knew it would be colder. We leave having been spoiled rotten over the past two weeks.
We've been spoiled by a few things:
The food: delicious hummus and schwarma every day? Yes please!
The history: Layer after layer of history is on display – from sites mentioned in the Old and New Testaments, to Byzantine era crusader castles, to beautiful Ottoman styled architecture. Each era is as vibrant and colourful as the sandstone rock formations ubiquitous in the country.
The sights: from Petra to ancient Philadelphia, from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea, from mountain tops to deep desert gorges, Jordan has pretty much everything to offer.
The people: can't count the number of times people said (with wide grins on their faces)