21st March 2018
Tour leader Carly shares her experience of a homestay in Jordan, one full of traditional food and hospitality!
Homestays are always a highlight on tour. Nothing beats home cooked meals using local produce, and it is no different here in Jordan.
We stay at Eisa's family home in the village of Rasun, in the north of Jordan. Eisa has been synonymous with the development of the Jordan trail hike, he is one of the most popular guides in the country and it is easy to see why. We stop here for lunch, dinner and breakfast. I always feel at home once I arrive and Eisa and his lovely wife do their utmost to make sure we are all happy and comfortable. 'This is your home too' they both say. We are plied with tea and hummus, falafel, salads, pickles, maklouba (upside down chicken and rice dish), fried courgette...all so delicious and fresh.
Fortunately we head out after lunch for a 3 hour hike to burn off the vast amounts we have consumed accompanied by groans of 'I should have stopped eating, but it's so good...' And of course, we are hoping to make space for dinner!
The walk takes us on part of the Jordan trail, through the oak trees and 2000 year old olive trees, winding through river beds and past ladies’ chopping kharsouf (a celery like plant local to the area).
Once we return to our home for the night we are more than ready to face another battle with our stomachs for round two of the delicious food...