29th October 2014
Sales team member Natalie has recently been on a trip to Jordan, organised by the Jordanian tourist board.
On arrival in Jordan, for what was to be my first taste of the Middle East, I genuinely did not know what to expect. We were immediately greeted at the airport by our passionate and endearing guide, a lovely lady named Salaam. Salaam fiercely promised us a magical experience, where people are nothing but hospitable and the food is nothing less than incredible. Both of these promises I can happily say have been proven true so far. Although only 24 hours into the trip, there is something about the Jordanian people which is very humble, calming and honest.
A jam-packed first day consisted of running late to almost every activity – you very quickly learn that if someone insists upon something in Jordan, there really is no use in arguing; almost everyone you meet will insist on you joining them to dine or for a drink. I am glad they do as it's a pleasure to sit and engage with the Jordanian people; listening to their enthusiasm for their country, people and food is infectious and gives me itchy feet for what is to come.
We had a real taste of how important food is in this culture when we spent our first morning shopping for ingredients in the local food market, before spending an afternoon being taught how to make Aqaba's traditional dish of Sayadiyah, our first of many mouth-watering meals. Soon afterwards it was time for watersports, so we dived amongst the corals and jet-skied across the clear open water, before watching the sun set over the mountainous landscape to the sound of live traditional Simsemya music as we sailed back to our hotel.
I don't know what is to come, but I'm excited about discovering more of Jordan's magic over the coming week...