Contrasting landscapes, a huge gap between the standards of living of different population strata, differing lifestyle choices within the population, urban versus rural life … and then all these contrasts somehow coexist, mingle and sometimes clash.
Reading travel guides and looking at how Jordan is marketed, one could get the impression that Jordan consists mainly of ruins (Petra, Jerash, Ajloun), desert (Wadi Rum) and the Dead Sea. As much emphasis is placed on marketing “old / historic Jordan”, visitors maybe don’t think much about the modern side of Jordan or about how “non-Bedouin Jordanians” live.
So, to recify this “gap in (travel) literature” /slash/ to correct this wrong impression that might be gained by solely reading travel guides, I would like to give some insight into what struck me most since I got to Jordan… namely the sharp contrasts that characterize this country in the Middle East…
I love to travel. Preferably to places I haven’t been to before. And preferably to places that are different.
This is (part of) the reason why I chose Jordan as the destination to do research for my bachelor thesis. Over the next 5 weeks I will share some glimpses of Jordan (and Israel and the Westbank) here.