Holiday: Jordan – Day 1 (16th April)

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The holiday has officially started!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€. Welcome to our first full day (of 10) here in Jordan with great mates, Ralph & Karen. We arrived in the early hours – 2am! We’re here, briefly, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Jordan, checking out tomorrow. More details HERE.


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With everything planned for the next 10 days, what could possibly go wrong? Well, rewind to a few weeks ago and we were thrown a serious ‘spanner in the works’! That ‘spanner’ belonged to the ‘World’s Favourite Airlineยฎ’ – British Airways – or as Ann & I prefer to call them: our ‘Least Favourite Airlineยฎ’! โ˜น๏ธ. In short, they cancelled the flight that was originally due to bring us here very late today wanting to move us to the day AFTER. The knock-on effect meant that to preserve our schedule with local guides and pre-planned tours, we were forced to fly out a day earlier instead. OK, I guess this extra day is a nice problem to have – and I’m sure we’ll make the most of it – but I hate these sort of surprises! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

So, with this being a spare day, we’re just going to chill-out at the hotel with virtually no plans, and then hopefully, tomorrow, our original itinerary kicks in (Day 2 onwards, below) ‘sans spanners’!

Our 10-Day Itinerary


Welcome to Day 1

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A Helping Hand?

Many of you have been asking whether I’ll be blogging, given my recent hand injury? Things are now pretty much back to normal on that front, and so I aim to be posting each day, during the evening. That means that even with the +2 hour time difference here, you should be seeing my ramblings (either directly at StevePalmerTheBlogger.com or across social media) before you turn in for the night – or failing that, you’ll have something to distract you over breakfast! ๐Ÿ˜‰. Hope you enjoy them. ๐Ÿ‘

Jordan? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ- Did you pack a tin hat?

On a related note, some of you have asked: With all the tensions in the area, why are you going to Jordan? Good question! Truth is, this one was planned ages before the whole Israel/Gaza conflict began. Yes, we could have cancelled, but we’re optimistic by nature, and even though Jordan witnessed a squadron of drones flying overhead a few days ago, it all feels very ‘non-eventful’ and ‘business as usual’ here.

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Two days ago…

That’ll do nicely!

As expected, today began later than planned. Not getting to bed until 3am meant that we all deserved a bit of a lie-in this morning! ๐Ÿฅด. Well, the weather is certainly on form – and a real tonic – given how wet it’s been back in the UK.

10.00am: Time for breakfast – Jordanian style!

Well, there was certainly plenty of variety and plenty of staff! ๐Ÿ˜. There was a separate ‘eggs cooked to order’ station and a ‘hot foods’ area too (including Honey Mustard Chicken!). But apart from one of the Chefs who tempted us with some local delicacies, we found it difficult to get any actual service! I think 40 minutes before anyone attempted to serve us two with tea and coffee was pushing it a bit, so let’s just call it ‘relaxed’ service and give them the benefit of the doubt – perhaps it’ll be sharper tomorrow? ๐Ÿค”

11.00am: After breakfast, continuing our pursuit of a lazy day, we found the Hotel’s two Pools – one indoor and one outdoor. Both looked impressive, but we couldn’t fathom why the outdoor pool was surrounded by metal fencing. The helpful staff informed us that the pool didn’t open until May 1st! (technically, the beginning of their Summer). Well, that certainly helped narrow down our choices! ๐Ÿ˜€ and we spent the next few hours inside – very relaxing and just what we needed! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

12.25pm: Whilst Ralph & Karen took a walk to the local park, we caught up with our reading.

5.15pm: Time to test out the Hotel’s Bar! Ahh! That familiar feeling of being ignored. We gave up and headed for the Restaurant.

Drinks in the Restaurant

5.45pm: We’re great fans of Mexican food and being our final night here, we thought we’d try the Mexican Restaurant inside the Hotel. It’s called Cinco De Mayo (Translation: ‘5th of May’ NOT ‘Drown the Salad Cream’) and you can read the (rather good) reviews HERE. ๐Ÿ‘

It didn’t disappoint! Fast service and super-tasty food!

Chicken Burritos for me! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€

7.20pm: Next stop was the Hotel Lounge. Super-comfy chairs and a Cappuccino to finish the evening and our chilled-out day! Perfect!

With the evening ruined with possibly the WORST group selfie in the world (sorry folks!) โ˜น๏ธ


Photos so far…
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Tomorrow…

Tomorrow, a local Guide will drive us all the way to Kerak Castle, about 80 miles away, heading south, and then we move on to our next Hotel (for four nights) another 96 miles and the Petra Boutique Hotel in Wadi Musa. Later in the itinerary, we’re visiting Petra. You may not have heard of it, but you’ve probably seen it – more details HERE).

9.15pm: Sleep well! ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค. See you tomorrow!

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