Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Foreign. Interesting, because what is foreign to one may be just be home to another. I’m basing my post on ‘foreign-ness’ on what that means for me and for most of those who seem to read my blog.

A couple of years ago, I went to Jordan (the country, not the model) and most of my trip was totally different to anything else I had experienced. Sights and sounds of everyday life, obviously not foreign to the people there, were amazing to me. The history, the geography, the people, the language, the food, all these were a revelation and I shall attempt here to give you a very little taste of the journey I made.

I have left out so much, but I hope you enjoyed a quick trip to Jordan and maybe it will tempt you to visit. If you decide to go there, you will find lots of historical sites and countless biblical references: Mount Nebo, where Moses first glimpsed the Promised Land, Ruth, the Moabite woman came from here, and the baptism of Jesus took place on the Jordan side of the river. There are many, many more. The food is delicious and food safety excellent. All the people we met were happy, friendly and delighted to help some daft Brits have a great time in their fascinating country.

This ‘foreign place’ is a great deal less foreign than it might first appear, but there is always that frisson of the alien when you look at the countryside, which is about 90% desert. It’s beautiful, but it’s mysterious and – well, foreign!

If you want to know more  about this delightful place, then visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan where you can learn what happened when the Greeks, Romans, Nabateans, and even the Egyptians got their hands into this part of the Middle East.

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4 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

  1. 12 years ago I visited the United Arab Emirates and was amazed. The history, the people, the landscap, everything about it I loved. I often felt I had stepped into a bible story. I was so enthralled, I made this trip the basis of my first book, Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask. I think everyone should experience the Middle East at some point. LOve your pictures of Jordan.

    • I do agree. Jordan was absolutely delightful. I’ve been wanting to go to Syria, Damascus Palmyra and all that, but I don’t think it’s going to happen now. 😦
      Also been to Egypt and I really rate that too.

  2. Jordan looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your photos. I liked how you opened with “what is foreign to one may be just be home to another.” A simple concept, but beautifully said.

    • Thank you for your lovely comment.
      Jordan is amazing and I’ve left out all the wonderful historical and architectural sites and all of Petra apart from the glimpse of the Treasury. It was a great holiday.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

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