Year Abroad Blog

Camping in Dana Nature Reserve

Jordan is home to areas of outstanding natural beauty, and Dana is no exception. Jordan’s largest nature reserve, Dana boasts an area of 320km2 containing within it mountains and Wadis along the Great Rift Valley. Dana is one of the most biodiverse areas in Jordan, with biomes ranging from sandy deserts to snow capped mountains…

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Hiking in Shoubak

If you love hiking, Jordan is the perfect country for you. With terrain types ranging from Mediterranean forrests to deserts and rocky mountains, there’s something for everyone in this small yet geographicaly diverse country. A few weeks ago, I joined JO Navigators on a trip to Shoubak. Shoubak is a rocky area south of Amman…

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The Cave of the Seven Sleepers

In the Amman suburb of Abu Alanda is a special cave. It is believed that this is the location of the legend of the ‘seven sleepers’, in which seven Christian boys who were persecuted by the Roman Emperor Trajan escaped to this cave and slept there for 309 years. I went to visit one afternoon…

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Street Art in Amman

Something I’ve noticed recently is that Amman is covered in street art. You can find a lot of it around Jabal Amman and Rainbow Street. Keep checking back here as I’ll update it regularly with art that I find out and about! Read more about my year abroad:

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Ajloun Castle

! مرحباً As I mentioned in my blog about Amman citadel, Jordan is a country filled with historical monuments that offer a glimpse into the region’s rich history, and today’s trip was a prime example of this. About 45 km north west of Amman, Ajloun Castle sits atop Jabal ‘Auf. Before the castle was built…

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Archaeology in Amman: Visiting the Citadel and Roman Theatre

!مرحباً Amman is an ancient city with a host of archaeological sites, where you can find the traces of different civilisations spanning thousands of years. In many ways, parts of the city feel like a time capsule, offering a glimpse back to civilisations long gone but not forgotten. The Citadel The Citadel is located atop…

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New Beginnings, First Impressions

! مرحبا Hello from Jordan! It is currently 33oC and the sun is shining – it feels like midsummer and September is only days away. As I write, I can hear the Adhan (Islamic call to prayer) piercing through the sounds of traffic and commuting. This is my first time in the Middle East so…

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