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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.”

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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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Muhammad Sajid

Saturday 7th of April 2018

Its really Awesome post next year Ill be planning to go thanks for sharing this post

dermokozmetik

Wednesday 4th of April 2018

Great event! ☺

Tabeer Tours

Sunday 19th of February 2017

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 :P

Lindsay Nieminen

Monday 20th of February 2017

I agree. We enjoy our time in Jordan as well. When will you be there?

Corde the Writer

Tuesday 11th of October 2016

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.

Lindsay

Wednesday 12th of October 2016

Wow! Glad you are planning to Visit! Abu Dhabi is on my list of places to visit next spring!

Awad Hajjara

Tuesday 11th of October 2016

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

Lindsay

Wednesday 12th of October 2016

We will be back! you can count on that!

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