Although I have written about Jordan a few times before, I seem to remember those posts being pretty word-heavy and seriously lacking in photos. Which is especially odd because I took a lot of photos in Jordan.

And I mean a lot.

My 10-day trip to Jordan happened back in September 2014 and it was my first (and only, so far) time visiting the Middle East. That is, unless you count a couple of 5-hour and 3-hour layover in Muscat International Airport on my way to and from Asia, which I don’t.

Anyway, not only was it my first trip to the Middle East but also my first ever time seeing a desert exactly as I’d grown up believing a desert to be. By which I mean the whole stereotypical tumbleweed blowing off in the distance, camels roaming free, Disney’s Aladdin-type gig. The year before I visited Huacachina, Peru which, although is a desert, didn’t fill me up with the excitement I’d always imagined a desert would.

Probably because there were no camels. 

The Middle East had always seemed so exotic and far-away to me growing up, an almost unreachable target. It’s a little bit funny because it’s actually geographically closer to Wales than a lot of the countries seven-year-old me wouldn’t have thought twice about jetting off to had she been given the chance. Orlando, Florida, anyone? 

The closest to a desert I’d ever been before Peru and Jordan would be the Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes. Which, as I’m sure any of my fellow Welsh folk reading this would agree, is not exactly the most exciting of places and totally incomparable to the phenomenal landscapes of Jordan.

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I feel like I need to excuse myself for the poor quality-slash-blurriness of some of these photos, but in my defence they were all taken on my iPhone before I knew anything about lighting and contrast and how to keep your hand steady while taking a shot…

 

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Hi, I'm Rhiannon and my name is Welsh, not Irish as many have been known to believe. You'll more often than not find me on some mode of public transportation, earphones in, book about serial killers in one hand and can of full-fat coke in the other. I have the heart and soul of a traveller but the bank account of Oliver Twist, which causes me deep pain if I'm completely honest.

10 Comments

  1. You have nothing to be worried about, your photos are incredible!! I’d love to visit Jordan one day. I too dreamed of faraway places and exotic lands. I did see, and ride my first camel in Morocco recently, so that was ace! Keep up the good photography.

  2. What a great trip! I love seeing all the camels. I have never been to this part of the world but hope to visit one day. Desert landscapes are some of my favorite!

  3. Your photos are so beautiful! Ever since about 10 years ago, when I used to listen to an online radio station from Jordan (no idea how I ended up finding it), I wanted to visit the country. Indeed it looks like it’s been taken out of an Aladdin story, with the dessert and the camels in the background. I get what you say when you can’t compare it with Huacachina, I did visit it as well and it’s not really a true desert. 🙂

  4. What a spectacularly beautiful post and loving all the photos. Petra has been one destination that I want to really visit, but I especially like your post because you cover a lot more than just Petra, which is what most write-ups focus on. It really is a wonderful and historic part of the world and the one that deserves to be visited by all. Also, your photos are magnificent and if you wouldn’t have mentioned it, I wouldn’t have guessed that they were taken with a iPhone, although the iPhone camera is quite good too.

  5. I went to Jordan several years ago, and have since developed and retained several friends from there. I loved it when I was there and really enjoyed the photos you put up, they were really quite good quality for being taken on an Iphone

  6. Soumya Nambiar Reply

    Yes, it doesn’t feel like a desert until there are some camels there. Even all my old photos prior to 2016 were taken on my Iphone. So I know exactly what you are talking about. Definitely, Jordan is so beautiful.

  7. Wow, there really is some amazing ancient architecture in Jordan. It looks soo beautiful. I love history so this is now on my bucketlist. Your photos are amazing.

  8. I think that your photos look great. I visited Jordan a few years ago although I wasn’t lucky enough to spend 10 days there – just 3! I see you went to Petra too – wasn’t it totally amazing? To date, I still count it as one of the most fascinating places I’ve been to in my life. I even bought books about it when I came home.

  9. Jordan looks so nice. You got amazing photography skills. I loved the sunset and rural areas picture. I wouldn’t have known they were from iphone if your wouldn’t have mentioned. I love middle east countries there is a lot to do there.

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