Middle East

Capture the Color: Jordan

When Kirsten Alana nominated me to take part in the annual Capture the Color contest, I immediately thought of Jordan. I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in Jordan, but I had instant sensory overload once I stepped onto the streets of Amman. I fell in love with the stunning colors, the delicious […]

September 3, 2013 Continue reading…

Petra: Jordan’s most famous tourist site I knew nothing about

Confession: if you mentioned the word “Petra” to me before I went to Jordan, I would have looked at you blankly. I don’t remember learning about it in history class, I’ve never really seen it mentioned on bucket lists or guidebooks, and it’s been years (and years) since I’ve watched Indiana Jones. But honestly, that’s […]

June 21, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Dead Sea

Out of all the places on the itinerary in Jordan, the Dead Sea was the one about which I was most excited. It’s no secret that I love beaches, and the Dead Sea seemed the ultimate beach experience: water in which you can never sink, clay that can heal your skin. We only had one […]

June 20, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum translates to Valley of the Moon: the largest desert in Jordan is also where the stars shine brightest. As T.E. Lawrence said: “Our little caravan fell quiet, afraid and ashamed to flaunt its smallness in the presence of the stupendous hills.” We first explored Wadi Rum in the back of a 4×4, and then, […]

June 6, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from Ma’In Hot Springs

Every once in a while, you get the fortune of staying in a place that is the perfect combination of natural beauty and man-made luxury. While in Jordan, we were lucky enough to stay in Evason Ma’In Hot Springs for not just one but two nights. And holy moly, was it incredible! The only injustice […]

May 30, 2013 Continue reading…

Tales of Jordanian hospitality

  I’m not one for taking photos of people. I prefer to blend into the crowds and the coffee shops, wait for that magic moment when everyone shifts for a split second and I can capture an unspoiled landscape or the blur of urban energy. I’d rather watch the barista, the market vendor, the security […]

May 24, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from Amman in black and white

To Western eyes, it’s unlikely that Amman would be classified as a “beautiful” city: it doesn’t have the wide, tree-lined boulevards of Paris or the modern skyscrapers juxtaposed next to the lean-to street carts of Bangkok. It’s a city of rolling hills: geometrically stacked with white square houses, scattered with ancient Roman ruins, the call […]

May 23, 2013 Continue reading…