Just Me and the Red Sea

Aqaba is the only port in Jordan’s otherwise landlocked territory, and shares its tiny corner of the Red Sea with Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. We arrived late, having spent the morning waiting for a few members of our group to complete a hot air balloon ride at Wadi Rum, and so it was a…

A Man in Amman

As my tour guide kept re-iterating: ‘Amman is Jordan, Jordan is Amman’. Day 1 in Amman. I arrived into Jordan for the first time at 2am, queued for an hour in customs, arrived at my hostel at 4am (following a very jovial ride from the hotel’s shuttle service – I can highly recommend Boutique Hotel…

Safety and Selfies: September in Jordan

I recently visited Jordan, pretty much on a whim. Or more to the point, once it was in my head, I couldn’t shake it. I had to go. I think it was a reaction to Western media’s portrayal of the Middle East over the course of my entire life – that is, generally negative or…