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Holy S#!T we are going to Jordan!!

The Petra Tombs in Jordan

Holy S#!T we are going to Jordan!

 

“Jordan? You mean JORDAN?” “Yes, the country in the Middle East, Jordan”

 

You are going where?” “Jordan, the country next to Israel, Jordan!”

 

“Why would you go there! It’s dangerous there!”

 

“You know ISIS is in Jordan right?”

These were among the many comments I got when I had found out last week, YES LAST WEEK, that I had won a trip to Jordan through the North American Branch of Visit Jordan to attend the FIFA Women’s World Cup Under 17 tournament. As you read this we will be 30 000 feet in the air flying from Vancouver to London Heathrow for a short layover before we fly to Amman, Jordan’s capital city.

Soccer Fan? Check out the Schedule for the Women’s World Cup U-17 Championships in Jordan here.

One of Canada's best Soccer players: Christine Sinclair's penally shot goal

One of Canada’s best Soccer players: Christine Sinclair’s penally shot goal in the Women’s World Cup SemiFinal in Vancouver, Canada in 2015

Honestly, Jordan had never been on my radar. There was nothing in the Middle East calling to me as a Family Travel destination. Visiting the pyramids in Egypt is WAYYYYYYY up there on my list of places to visit, but not with the boys being so young. Mattias is 5 and Markus is 3!

But this trip to Jordan just literally FELL into our lap! And we are going, despite the negativity from many friends and family, holding close the positive “OMG how amazing!” and “WOW I want to see Petra!” and “How did you win this! Awesome!” as well as positive recommendations from fellow family bloggers who have visited with their families.

Kerak Castle, Jordan

Kerak Castle

OF course, three days before our visit, the King of Jordan, King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, is on 60 Minutes speaking of the tough times his Country is facing. With the influx of 2 million Syrian refugees in 2014 to the 15% unemployment rate, the rental rate hikes in the city, to the limited water available in the country. His small country, a desert approximately the size of the US state of Indiana, faces the centuries long Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the West, Syria’s Civil War in the North, ISIS in Iraq to the East and fundamentalist Islamists in Saudi Arabia to the South. His increasing concerns are for the youth of his Country, which make up 50% of the country’s 9 million people, who face crowded schools and unemployment. King Abdullah fears that if radicalization is going to take hold, it will be with the disenfranchised youth of his county.

While watching, my husband says “you want to go THERE?” as footage of the refugees flooding the border in 2014 flashes across the screen. To which I reply, “we ARE going there, on Wednesday.”

So back to WHY we are going? Or HOW perhaps is a better word.

We are fortunate to be guests of the Visit Jordan Tourism Board thanks to Sunny Land Tours and will be shown the country on a 7 days tour. From Petra, to Wadi Rum, to the Dead Sea, and many other historical sights that I am just beginning to familiarize myself with, to showing our National Pride as Canadians cheering on the U17 women, and hearing amazing stories of other young women from around the world, competing in Jordan, to oust the reigning champions, the Japanese Team.

Petra, One of Jordan's most spectacular sights

Petra, One of Jordan’s most spectacular sights

So am I scared?

I always have told everyone, I will go anywhere, I want to see the WORLD, not just the popular tourist destinations. But I will not tell you I am not nervous. I have never been to the Middle East. I have never been CLOSE to civil unrest or anything even amounting to a major protest or a riot.

 

But I do not dwell on those fears, just like I do not dwell on the Washington State Mall Shooting last week or the extremists plots in my own Country of Canada. Fear will not win!

I cannot wait to show you what looks to be a beautiful country, and to seek out the stories of young girls from around the world, sharing in the beautiful game of soccer that I love! Sports is something that brings people together, it is something that makes us swell with our nation’s pride, it gives us chills, brings is to tears and lets us yell and scream and cheer!

Have you visited Jordan? or the Middle East? Would love to hear your tips, especially if you went with your children!

If you want to read our other posts on Jordan, click here.

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Photos courtesy of Visit Jordan, Edgardo W Olivera and Douglas Perkins

 

 

Lindsay is the Editor and Head Writer of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She wears many hats including mom, wife, freelancer, GM for a manufacturing company and soccer player. Lindsay is spontaneous, loves travel, photography and very recently discovered she loves to write.

27 thoughts on “Holy S#!T we are going to Jordan!!

  1. Emily Kydd

    I can’t wait to hear about it!!!! You guys have a great time, enjoy every second, especially Petra and Wadi Rum (JEALOUS!!!), and then write amazing thingsxoxo

  2. Christina

    You’re going to have an amazing time! And I don’t think you have anything to worry about with the unrest of surrounding countries. A woman I work with visits her family in Lebanon annually, despite crazy unrest near there. Another guy I worked with went to Egypt last year during the height of their craziness and he said it was totally fine. And my sister was just in iran 6 months ago and it was incredible. The media tends to make things seem scarier than they possibly are. So no worries and enjoy!!

    1. Lindsay Post author

      you are totally right! the western world’s media sure makes the Middle East seem scary, when (for the most part) there is nothing to worry about, especially in Jordan!

  3. Christina Wagar

    We had such a wonderful time in Jordan with our boys. The people were so friendly and the food amazing!!! Congratulations on winning. And of course, go CANADA go!!!

  4. Aubrey

    Wow!!! Have an amazing time! My sis in law went to Jordan when she was teaching in Kuwait a few years ago. I can’t wait to see your photos and hear the stories!

  5. Prasad Np

    I have been to Jordan and trust me it is safer than most western countries. The people are friendly the food absolutely delicious and the landscape is stuff Hollywood is made of ( Actually many a movie from Hollywood and Bollywood were filmed in Wadi Rum in Jordan).

    If you want to check my series on blogposts about Jordan

  6. Megan Jerrard

    Massive CONGRATS! You’ll absolutely love Jordan – I’m dying to go, because everyone I’ve heard from has had such incredible experiences there. My parents have just returned and did a fair bit of the country independently – I don’t believe there’s anything to be scared about, it’s quite an up and coming tourist destination so I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time and be absolutely fine :)

    1. Lindsay Post author

      Megan, you NEED to go! It is amazing (and I travel with kids hahah). without them there is even more to explore! i have the best tour guide, while you can travel independently, there is something to be said for having a driver and a guide give you the ins and outs of the country!

  7. Monika

    What a win! I feel jealous – I’ve always dreamt of winning a trip but never have (yet).
    Jordan definitely is on my bucket list – all my friends who went there loved it!

    1. Lindsay Post author

      thanks! it was a win of a lifetime! it seems to be a place on lots of people’s bucket list! my advise! BOOK IT! and I Can recommend an awesome tour guide!

  8. Rachel Pearson

    I love your attitude and determination, no matter what others might think. I have never been to Jordan but am going early next year and can’t wait. You’ll have an amazing time and I can’t wait to read all about your adventures!

  9. knycx.journeying

    Thanks for letting us know the situation of Jordan and so people could actually, I love history and Petra is an archeological wonder, it’s on my bucket list! @knycxjourneying.com !

  10. Indrani

    Wow! This is indeed lucky chance!
    I haven’t been there but what I have read and seen the pictures it is a beautiful country. And the tourism board will definitely show you around well.

  11. Awad Hajjara

    Thanks lindsay for all the comments you said about jordan, and thanks about the comments mentioned about me, you, your Mom and the kids were awesome, happy to meet you and hope to see you again

  12. Corde the Writer

    Because I currently live in Abu Dhabi, Jordan has been on my list of places to visit. Since living here, I find that the Middle East in general is one of the safest places to live and travel. Hopefully, I can visit in January.

  13. Tabeer Tours

    Each one have their on views but personally i love to go jordan. its just awesome to go there and enjoy there events. right know i am at dubai uae and soon i will go jordan. waiting for me 😛

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