Goodbye Istanbul & Flight to Amman, Jordan
I’m in Amman, Jordan writing this from a hotel room. Arrived today and quite excited to be on my first ever Press Trip courtesy of the Jordan Tourism Board. Arrived today at about 6PM and so far quite enjoying the country, let us continue…
Didn’t get much sleep last night, was tossing and turning, perhaps I just couldn’t sleep, perhaps a bit nervous or a bit of anxiety, not sure. I’ve never done anything like this before so it’s all new, wasn’t sure what to expect. Sorta reminded me of my old job, the night before a large meeting you were organizing. Everything you need to do is done until the night before rolls around and then suddenly all these things you should have thought of start appearing.
Woke up early, got a shave, what a pleasant experience that was. Then headed for a shawarma but it was closed, was over the moon when I found an exchange booth that would cash Romanian and Bulgarian notes, thought I was stuck with a few hundred euro from currencies only valid in respective countries. Not so thrilled when I saw the exchange but it’s all part of the “cost of doing business”.
Made it to the airport via the tram, from Sultanahmet it will take you about 50 minutes. Caught a flight with Royal Jordanian Airlines and it was pleasant with good food, I recommend the fish. Met a really nice family from Kuwait on the way and ended up chatting with the father about travel for most of the trip. He filled me in on many areas that I’ve never met anyone who has ever visited before.
Upon arriving in Amman was greeted by a nice lady from the tourism board. After getting a visa and heading through customs, met my tour guide and driver. Immediately knew it was going to be a fun week. Abdul the tour guide is a down to earth guy that I could immediately relate to and the driver George is very chill.
Checked into the Regency Palace Hotel, curious why I mentioned my old job above? The hotel reminds me of how I used to travel before I set out on my own in to the great unknown. Very nice hotel with all the amenities a gentleman like myself would look for AND MORE. Particularly fond of the piano lounge near the lobby.
After a quick pit stop, headed over to Wild Jordan for dinner. It’s a restaurant that is part of a non profit that is dedicated to preserving the countless nature reserves in Jordan and is very big on recycling, the roof of the patio was made from all tin cans which were transformed into a clever looking design as an example.The food was great, the view was better and it was nice to meet Sami who is a jovial fellow who also works for the the JTB. Would add food photos as always but the lighting wasn’t right, wouldn’t do it justice.
Right now I'm back in my hotel room, a big day tomorrow and looking forward to crashing. So far my first impressions on Amman, Jordan are that it's very friendly and has great infrastructure. The city is in good shape and seems like most people I've ran into or made eye contact have been sociable or sent the "Good day" head nod etc.
Looking forward to discovering Jordan, I'll be here until the 19th of July.
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