Jordan: 8 maqams of prophets and sahaba to visit

Jordan: 8 maqams of prophets and sahaba to visit

Expectation There are a number of maqams in Jordan and I only managed to cover some in the north. Didn’t know what to expect except history lessons. This is definitely no ordinary people I’m visiting, they are people beloved by Allah. So, definitely a lot to be learnt from their life story. The Journey I was picked up at my hostel in the morning and we immediately went to the first maqam. Weather Very sunny! Locations vary so no specific temperature on this trip. People Not many people around, so…

New 7 Wonders of the World: Rose Red City, Petra

New 7 Wonders of the World: Rose Red City, Petra

Expectations I’ve always wanted to explore Petra, aka the Rose Red City. I love everything mysterious, obviously. Nabataean Empire & Roman Empire Petra was a Nabataean city back in the 6th century BC. The kingdom was absorbed into the Roman Empire in AD 106 and the Romans continued to expand the city, thus, the existence of some very recognisable Roman architecture in Petra. Roman Trade Port & Quality Hydrolic System An important center for trade and commerce, Petra continued to flourish until an earthquake destroyed the buildings and water management systems…

Jerash Roman Ruins: #2 popular site in Jordan after Petra

Jerash Roman Ruins: #2 popular site in Jordan after Petra

Expectation Another site containing Roman ruins in Jordan. I’m really thankful for the excavation works because history would otherwise be hidden from sight. Jerash is now the second-most popular tourist attraction in Jordan, closely behind the splendid ruins of Petra. Anyway, I not only lost my camera in Jerusalem but I also lost ALL photos of my Jordan trip (taken with my phone) because my external HDD crashed while I was transferring the photos! Seriously technology, why do you keep letting me down? I managed to save the very few photos I…

2 Roman ruins I visited in Hashemite Kingdom, Amman

2 Roman ruins I visited in Hashemite Kingdom, Amman

Expectation The numerous Roman ruin sites (pleasantly) surprised me, didn’t know there would be so many. I didn’t expect women to be seen in public areas. I thought Arab women don’t work in Jordan. And on my first day here, I was afraid to step out of the hostel to explore the downtown streets alone. Alhamdulillah, I met an American lady in my hostel room and she showed me around downtown Amman the whole day! Me: Is it safe for women to walk alone here? American doctor: Yes! of course….