class in Petra...
I'd like to tell other JourneyWomen about a cooking
school in the town of Petra. It's called Petra
Kitchen and it's a fun evening activity. As they
say on their site, 'Each evening meal includes soup,
cold and hot mezza and salads, and a main course—all
typical Jordanian dishes. You will have get an inside
glimpse of the secrets behind the famous regional cuisine
of the Levant. The regular price of JD 30 per person
includes the cuisine course, meal and all non-alcoholic
beverages as well as take-home recipes for all dishes
prepared that evening.'
Cola drinking camel in Petra...
My daughter was stationed in Amman a few years ago and
we did a lot of touring. One of our trips was to Petra.
There are many ways to get to the Treasury but we found
that walking the whole way the way the ancients did
was most purposeful. You will however be assailed by
camel drivers, horses, carriages and other means of
transportation who are all too willing to part you from
a few dinar. Look for the coca-cola drinking camel.
I was 63 years old when I walked Petra. Take lots of
water because it gets very hot. There are shady places
to sit on the way. I wore a large hat and good walking
shoes. We wore capris and shirts with sleeves. In Amman
I usually wore a loose fitting dress with short sleeves.
Skirts and dresses actualy seemed cooler than slacks.
Marcia, Baldwinsville, USA
What to wear in Petra...
From experience I recommend wearing sturdy walking shoes
completely covering your feet. The rocky Siq (long path
into the city) is very uneven with lots of old flat
rocks. The city itself is a mixture of sand, grit and
very high steps especially to the temples or king's
tombs, and a long walk to the Monastery. Reddish dirt
everywhere. So don't wear black. Khakis, greys and blues
Cecile, New Brunswick, Canada
What to pack for Jordan...
I live in Israel and I traveled in Jordan and Egypt.
My advice when travelling to this part of the world
is TRAVEL LIGHT! 2 pair pants, 1 skirt for evening,
(all light weight, long, loose) 1-2 short sleeve tops,
1-2 long sleeve tops, 1 sweater. Jacket only if going
in cooler seasons. Light weight rain jacket with hood
is ideal. The key is layering. When it is cool - short
sleeve + long sleeve + sweater + jacket, and peeling
layers as it warms up. Take clothes that are dark and
you can mix and match. Walking shoes or sneakers for
day, cheap, light weight flip flops for showers, beaches,
etc. and nice closed shoe or sandal for evening. If
you are going on a short trip 1 pants, 1skirt, 2-3 tops
Susan, Haifa, Israel
to a Bedouin...
In Petra we visited Marguerite van Geldermalsen, the
New Zealand women who married a Bedouin man. The guides
will point out her stall to you; she sells lovely silver
jewellery made by the Queen Noor Women's Foundation.
Since we're both from New Zealand and have read Marguerite's
book ('Married to a Bedouin' published by Virago) it
was quite special to actually meet her and see where
she lives now. Marguerite also does guided tours if
people contact her in advance. Check out www.marriedtoabedouin.com.
We loved Jordan; there is amazing scenery
to see in this country. Allow at least five days so
you can chill out at one of the hotels by the Dead Sea
and go for a drive along the Kings Highway. The Wadi
Mujib rift is incredible.
Jeny, Wellington, New Zealand
Carry money for tips...
I found the Jordanian people friendly, accomodating,
and pretty laid back, except for in Petra. To me, Petra
is a Disneyworld of sorts, a crowded tourist destination,
where tips are expected if you ride a donkey 20 feet
with a person leading the donkey, even though this has
already been paid for in your tour price. So, be sure
to take small denominations of Jordanian money for tips
in Petra, as they will ask you for a tip, regardless
of the service offered. This happens nowhere except
Petra. Be sure also to purchase your drinking water
other than at the hotels as they can charge up to $5.00
USD for a bottle of water. Having said that, Petra is
something to behold. It is awesome, and to think this
was a planned city that was carved thousands of years
she learned in Jordan...
words minfadluk and shukran work wonders
throughout Jordan. They simply mean please
and thank-you. Use them often.
Jordanian staple is tea, called shai in Arabic.
The best kind is what the Bedouin brew over a hot fire
in a blackened kettle --it's deliciously sweet and served
with fresh mint. Usually served in palm-sized glasses
without handles. It's an acquired talent to hand onto
it without burning your fingertips.
(Lisa Phipps, Bramalea, Canada)
opens itself up to female travellers in a wonderful,
enticing way. I have never felt as beautiful or independent
or happy as I did while I was there. Something about
watching a sunset in the desert, getting an ancient
beauty treatment in a Turkish bath, or walking through
beautiful ruins really transforms you and you begin
to understand where Jordanian women get their mystery.
(Brianne, 20-something after completing a 7 week
work-study program in Amman)