There are thousands of reasons for you to visit Jordan the next time you plan on visiting a country. Earlier this evening, I was trying to figure out where I’d be travelling this year, and most of the time, I am more than happy engaging in conversations with the citizens of the cities I visit, learning more about them, their culture, and what makes their country so special to them. So virtually before I get the chance to retaliate and tell them about my Jordan in person.

[1] A peaceful haven in a troubled area

My heart goes out to all the countries in the region, and the messy revolutions and massacre’s that are taking place. Over and over, I thank God for the peace of Jordan. The piece of mind you have knowing you can walk down the street at night because there is a cop at every corner. I cherish my country because women can wear regular clothing without being harassed, and it is not considered off for a woman not to be wearing a hijab (head cover)

Copyright © Kimberley Coole

[2] The Lowest point of Earth

The surface of the Dead Sea is 423 metres below Sea Level! Yes, the lowest point on earth is in our country, a place which you can consider an open-air Spa as it has the highest level of Oxygen’s, lowest level of damage caused by the sun by sunbathing, and the minerals in the Dead Sea date back to usage for thousands of years. Only here can you wrap yourself in a natural mud that can relish your skin, and float in the sea while reading your favorite book or magazine.

(c) Sonya and Travis

[3] One of the 7 Wonders of the World

What makes the Rose City of Petra special, isn’t only the shades of Gold/Tan/Rose/Beige that reflect off the rock depending on the angle of the sun, it’s the fact that this entire city is pretty much carved into a mountain. Yes carved! No matter how much you read, you can never be prepared for that majestic glimpse that you catch as you walk down the narrow Siq, and catch an eye of the Rose City just before you finish your journey down the siq to admire the whole view.

[4] Get a glimpse of Rome in the heart of the Middle East

The Roman ruins left behind in Jordan are vast. You can almost hear the horses run around the city of Jerash like they thousands of years ago, where two theatres, and a few Christian churches with mosaics stood the test of time. You can also visit the Roman Amphitheatre and the citadel in the heart of the city after you stroll around local markets.

Sleepless in Amman w/ the Roman Army and Chariot Experience (RACE). The performance includes gladiators, and a full display of battle tactics and drills by the Roman Army in the city of Jerash.

[5] Appreciate the Holy Land

Only in Jordan would you be able to appreciate the baptism site where Jesus Christ was baptized, be fascinated with the Orthodox church of Saint George which has a mosaic map that outlines Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and of course walk up to the place where Moses viewed the holy land on Mount Nebo.

[6] Act like The Lawrence of Arabia

Whether it’s enjoying a hospitable cup of tea with a Bedouin, gazing to an uninterrupted view of the shining stars or riding a camel through the Wadi Rum dessert! Hollywood gave the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ a standing ovation when it was nominated for more than seven Oscars 50 years ago, and the beauty of the Jordanian dessert didn’t go unappreciated.

I could go on and on, but I’ll save that for another post, probably a Ammani post which tells you about the city that I live in and blurt out these Sleepless posts. Until then, be safe!

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