When I first arrived for my teaching job in Oman in September of 2011, I was determined to see as much of the region as possible during my time in the Middle East. My list included Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt (again), UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar. I also would seek to travel to places easily accessible from Oman, such as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia, places with direct flights from Muscat. As it turned out, I would never get to Lebanon due to unrest and travel warnings. While in Oman, I wouldn’t make it to Morocco, either, although I finally made it there in 2019. Neither did I make it to Kuwait, Qatar or Sri Lanka. And sadly, I didn’t make it back to Egypt.
Our first holiday, Eid al-Adha, was within a few months after I arrived in Oman in September, and I had determined that I would make a trip to Jordan. I was lured by photos I’d seen of the terra-cotta colored Petra ruins & the desert of Wadi Rum. I wanted to try floating in the Dead Sea. I was enticed to stay in a Bedouin Camp and visit the Roman ruins at Jerash. I had a few images in my mind of the city of Amman from a great movie I saw in the USA called Captain Abu Raed. My Jordanian friend Lina had already given me a feel for Jordanian hospitality and culture.
I would take off for my adventure to Jordan from November 5-11, 2011.
“THE CALL TO PLACE” INVITATION: I invite you to write a post on your own blog about what enticed you to choose a particular destination. If you don’t have a blog, I invite you to write in the comments. If your destination is a place you love and keep returning to, feel free to write about that. If you want to see the original post about the subject, you can check it out here: imaginings: the call to place.
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