Category Archives for "Middle East"

Oct 25

The Madaba Mosaics Jordan – Making the Broken Beautiful Again

Jordan , Middle East

Madaba is famous for its mosaics. Or, rather, the Madaba mosaics are famous.

This small town in Jordan, nineteen miles southwest of Amman and on the Kings Highway, smells of cardamom, rosewater and ancient sighs. It earns its place on the map of the world today with a map of the world from yesterday: one of the oldest maps of the Holy Land, built out of two million pieces and embedded in the floor of the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church.

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Oct 23

The Feynan Ecolodge: Stargazing and Coffee with the Bedouin in the Desert in Jordan

Jordan , Middle East

Sparks hissed from the fire where we clustered beneath the stars. The group fell silent, waiting for Hussein to finish his story. He sat cross-legged, wearing the traditional thawb and keffiyeh, his deep eyes lined with kohl.

“My darling,” he said, fixing his eyes on the girl in front of him. “Forget the astronomer. Come with me. I’ll show you the stars in the day.”

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Dec 09

Is it safe to travel to Jordan?

Jordan , Middle East

It’s a common question. Is it safe to travel to Jordan?“People want to talk to me a lot,” he said, as blue and yellow danced across the coffee from the stained glass windows overhead. “Because I’m a Christian,” he went on, “and am interested in political science. “And because I live in Madaba, Jordan – and because […]

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Jan 23

Traditional Jordanian Food Recipes – From Cooking Lessons in Amman, Jordan

Food , Jordan , Middle East

Traditional Jordanian food may not be the most famous in the world but it’s definitely something I look forward to every time I travel to Jordan. It’s built to share, making mealtimes a wonderfully social experience, full of flavour and stories fit to hear beneath starlight. Here’s some Jordanian food to look out for, plus some recipes to try at home that I picked up at the amazingly entertaining Beit Sitti cooking lessons in Amman. Bon appetit!

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