After a terrific 10-day trip to Jordan as a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board, I’m back in Bangkok. With two weeks before I fly back to the States for the summer, I’ve got time to process the swirl of memories from these last days and go through the mountain of photos from the trip. I’ve always said that being on a press trip wouldn’t preclude me from talking about negative aspects of the experience; there’s a professional, constructive way to discuss when things aren’t what you expected. But these 10 days were all that I could have wanted and more: camels, piles of delicious food, an insight into Bedouin culture and historical wonders aplenty. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about the experience and am seriously considering heading back there for a few months to do more research and writing about spices and foods from Jordan. I’ll be posting about each of those topics (especially the camels and the spices!), but until then here are some highlights of my trip.
Photos from Jordan
The Food in Jordan:
Bedouin woman making jameed, a fermented yoghurt used in the national Mansaf dish, in Feynan.
Hummus in Jerash, at our (delicious!) lunch break.
Many small plates (mezze) at a delicious lunch with a Druze family in Azraq.
The Dead Sea from above.
Overlooking the lush Ajloun Forest Reserve.
Me and Shannon (affectionately referred to by our friends in Chiang Mai as “The Shodi Show”) overlooking Amman.
Wadi Rum at daybreak, just after a dawn camel ride.
One small part of the ruins at Jerash.
Deep colors in the sandstone rocks of Petra, Jordan.
All told, my trip can be summarized thusly:
Me at The Monastery in Petra, Jordan
Definitely a great time.
More to come shortly from Jordan and wrapping up my time in Chiang Mai!