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Jordan: Escape and Travel

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The country of Jordan is one of the travel secrets of the middle east.

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 7:31 am
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The country of Jordan is one of the travel secrets of the middle east. There are many interesting and important attractions. Some of these are important archaeological projects in process. There are also important pilgrimage sites for followers of Christianity.

----5 Facts You Might Not Know

1) Founded by the army of Alexander the Great at the end of the 4th century BC, the city of Jerash, called Gerasa in ancient times was a boomtown for hundreds of years. It became a bastion of the Roman Empire in the 2nd century AD. Many Roman ruins and Christian churches, from a later time, are there for inspection.

2) The twice lost and rediscovered city of Petra has survived erosion, water damage and Hollywood film crews. Still the city, and its ancient Nabataean ruins are a testament and reminder to why this city was one of the ancient world's wonders.

3) The Dana Nature reserve can be difficult to reach but is worth the trouble. The reserve has more than 300 square kilometers of surprises. In addition to rare wildlife species, every type of landscape imaginable is located in or near Dana. There are wood filled highlands, rocky hills leading to gravel plains and amazing sand dunes.

4) The Dead Sea, despite the name, is a place full of life, tourist life. The attraction is salt-water bathing and Dead Sea mud bath treatments. Travel past the public bathing area for a few kilometers. The road comes to the edge of the sea and remains for some distance. There are many accessible and private places to make your own mud bath and float in the sea, without excessive entrance fees.

5) Christian travelers have been coming to the site of Bethany, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. This is a location of growing importance for both religious and archaeological reasons. Access to this site was block from right after World War II until the year 2000. At that time, the Catholic church recognized the site and helped clear land mines and other obstacles to pilgrimage travel.

The Emirate of Transjordan was the name given to this small state when it was recognized in 1921, after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the promulgation of the Balfour Declaration. It was not until 1946 that Transjordan became a completely sovereign state. In 1950, Transjordan merged with part of Palestine to form the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Amman is the capital and the largest city.

Emergence of the Nation.
The Nabateans built the capital of their ancient Arab kingdom, Petra, in what is now Jordan between 400 B.C.E. and 160 C.E. From Mount Nebo in western Jordan, many people believe that Moses saw the Promised Land. When the Ottoman Empire collapsed after four hundred years of rule, Britain divided up the Fertile Crescent, and modern Jordan was born.

National Identity.
Jordan is the only Arab country where Palestinians can become citizens. The differentiation between Jordanians, Bedouins, and Palestinians is clear in this society. Jordanians are defined as residents who have lived east of the Jordan River since before 1948. Palestinians are defined as residents whose birthright extends back to areas west of the Jordan River. People of Bedouin descent are considered to be of the purest Arab stock.

Food in Daily Life.
An ancient legend tells of an Arabian shepherd who six thousand years ago put his supply of milk in a pouch made from a sheep's stomach before making a journey across the desert. The rennet in the lining of the pouch, combined with the heat of the sun, caused the milk to form curds, and cheese was discovered. Bedouin farmers keep herds of goats and sheep whose milk is used to produce cheese and yogurt. A popular cheese is called halloumi (similar to feta), made from goat or sheep milk and often served in a sandwich of pita-style bread or cubed in salads. Rice, legumes, olives, yogurt, flat breads, vegetables (cauliflower, eggplant, potatoes, okra, tomatoes, and cucumbers), lamb or chicken, and fruits (apricots, apples, bananas, melons, and oranges) form the basis for most meals. Main dishes of rice with spices are eaten almost daily. The main meal typically is served during the middle of the afternoon. A covering is placed on the floor, with a large tray of rice and meat placed in the center surrounded by small dishes of yogurt and salad. Torn pieces of bread are folded in half and used to scoop the food. The left hand is never used to feed oneself.

Basic Economy. The economy is based on free enterprise. The service sector, consisting of government, tourism, transportation, communication, and financial services contributes the most to the economy, employing 70 percent of the workforce. Amman has developed into a regional business center.

Medicine and Health Care

Excellent medical care is available, especially in Amman. For the typical family, finding the money to pay for medical insurance and preventive care is difficult. Life expectancy is sixty-seven years for mens and seventy years for women. Most children are fully immunized.
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Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 8:24 am
Beautiful+very clean! Thx Kit 4 the lil trip.

Marija Mohoric (29)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 8:25 am
Tks Kit - nice memories on that country

Pat B (356)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 9:23 am
I would definitely sign up to go to The Dana Nature reserve, get a mud bath, and go swim in the Dead Sea. Lots of things to do. I'd like the warm weather too. Thanks, Kit for our trip to Jordan.

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 11:05 am
always a pleasure to travel with you dear Kit, ty

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:10 pm
Looks much like an Arabian dream and yes, most of us could certainly use that mud bath in the Dead sea!
Oh, and I do like the King and Queen Noor too! Thx Kit!

JL A (281)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 5:02 pm
I can't help adding that the left hand has been considered "unclean" for thousands of years (used for bodily functions) and that is the unstated element related to the Biblical story of turning the other cheek--for that one to be hit would require the shame of using the unclean hand.

Yet another country well worth including on the bucket list. Thanks Kit.

Barbara K (60)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 5:05 pm
Wow! Okay, my friend, adding this beautiful country to my someday book. Would love to visit there, and yes, it certainly is nice and clean and modern too.

pam w (139)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 6:56 pm
Jordan has AMAZING Roman ruins and crusader castles!

It's home to Wadi of the most JAW-DROPPINGLY gorgeous places I've ever seen! Lawrence of Arabia was filmed there. Our Bedouin guide took us to a narrow ravine (maybe 5 feet wide) and showed us ancient pictograms ... GIRAFFES! If you go to Jordan....I INSIST that you spend the night in a Bedouin tent in Wadi Rum! I INSIST!

It's a place where, just outside the modern city of Amman, you'll see women wearing body bags, shuffling along the street, unable to even recognize one another through the heavy mesh veiling.

It's the only place I've ever had men HISS at me...not in an admiring way but because I was an unveiled American. Our van driver had curtains over the windows.....NOT a good feeling.

Finally, I can't tell you what a SHOCK it is to be driving along a road and see a sign pointing to BAGDAD...


Vallee R (280)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 7:07 pm
Always amazes me the past so much older than the USA - thanks Kit!

Shaheen N (64)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 10:20 pm
Thanks for the virtual tour of Jordan.

Clare M (80)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 4:34 pm
Would love to visit here along with Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Palestine and East Jerusalem :-)

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 2:12 am
One of the best Arabian states we can visit :)
Thanks Kit :)
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