University of Haifa International School Student Blog
For one of my last weekends in the Middle East, I decided to go to Jordan with a group of friends. This trip was a little unplanned and rushed, but honestly, that’s what made it so much fun.
After taking a taxi to the border, we practically crossed the line between Israel and Jordan on foot, which was pretty cool. We then took a taxi to have lunch in Amman, and find our Airbnb in Petra.
We stayed at a Bedouin place for two nights, where our host cooked amazing, traditional, Bedouin dinners, and served sweet tea every half an hour. Saturday was filled with hikes around Petra, getting scammed by children, and Indiana Jones references. The old city was just as beautiful as I imagined with a perfect mix of natural landscape and Nabatean ruins. I was especially excited to see the old Treasury which is a memorable scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Sunday consisted of traveling back to Amman, and wandering around until we found a good place to eat, and the open market. You cannot visit a city in the Middle East, and not go to their main market. This market was massive with vendors selling perfumes, spices, hookahs, produce, and Chinese-made trinkets. I ended up buying a small hookah there even though I don’t even smoke shisha just because it felt right to be buying a stunning hookah in an open market in Jordan.
Overall, I ended up lightening my bank account (more like emptying it) for a weekend full of unforgettable experiences. I learned a few Arabic phrases, how to haggle (and fail), and that the Levant is as diverse as it is hot.