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Jordan

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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How to pack stylishly for Jordan

My first thought when my trip to Jordan was confirmed: what to wear? As it was my first trip to the Middle East, I knew that it would be not only much warmer in temperature but much more conservative in style. I wanted to be as respectful as possible...
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Postcard from Jerash

Things that as a child of California I can't even comprehend: Jordan's ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation for more than 6500 years. After it was conquered in 65 B.C., it became one of the 10 great cities of the Roman...
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First impressions of Jordan

I went into Jordan with very limited knowledge and low expectations--mostly because I didn't read the itinerary in as much detail as I should (and thus was a little shocked when I showed up and found out that "Captain's Camp" quite literally meant a...
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