Looking to embark on a short but meaningful adventure? Amman, Jordan is the perfect place to visit. Here are a few things I think you should know before visiting!
Are the “fashion police” on duty in Amman?
As I’m sure you’re aware, Jordan is a fairly traditional Islamic country. To feel most comfortable as a woman, I’d recommend dressing more modestly than you would on a daily basis in a Western country. Shorts, short sleeves and short skirts are by no means prohibited, but visitors may feel more comfortable following the local customs. Nothing very form fitting, long sleeved shirts, long pants & skirts, no plunging necklines… Well, you know how to dress modestly! Oh, if you do decide to wear a lower cut neckline, definitely wear a scarf around your neck so that you don’t draw attention to your chest area. Hair wise, 90% of the women I interacted with had their hair covered but I didn’t feel uncomfortable having mine uncovered.
Hot or Cold?
When I visited Amman, Jordan, it was the middle of January. Daily high temperatures were around 53°F and did not exceed 62°F. The Weather Channel and Dark Sky are both great applications to download to track the weather, no matter where you are in the world.
What was YUMMY in my TUMMY?
Middle Eastern foods are very tasty and unique.
A traditional sweet treat that I tried while in Jordan was a dish called KUNAFA. This is a very popular traditional Middle Eastern dessert. While doing my research I noticed that there are a few different ways to spell this dish. Kunafeh, Kunafa, Knafeh or Konafi… Anyway, this is a layered dessert with a base or filling of stringy cheese, similar to a mozzarella. The top layers are a crisp semolina pastry or vermicelli, all soaked in rose scented sugar syrup topped with other ingredients such as nuts (depending on the region). I’ve never tasted anything like this before and I definitely recommend giving it a try if you’re in the mood to stimulate your taste buds.
What’s your favorite food? One of my favorites are hot wings! While in Amman, I visited a restaurant called Buffalo Wings and Rings. If you need a hot wing fix, while in Jordan, I defiantly think this spot will satisfy you.
Money? It’s beautiful.
In my opinion, the Jordanian currency (dinar) is very picturesque. The Jordanian dinar has been the currency of Jordan since 1950. If you don’t have time to exchange your currency before you arrive, ATMs are available throughout the country and credit cards are widely accepted. Don’t forget to check with your bank for any potential international ATM fees or direct card charges that may apply during travel, before you embark. Many banks charge a percentage for each transaction and often more for ATM withdrawals.
Coffee Lovers Unite!
It wouldn’t be right to end this post without mentioning the 24-hour STARBUCKS I visited. Though their original roots are in Seattle, Washington, Starbucks Coffee is a global company with stores in 65 countries, including 600 stores in 12 Middle Eastern (@starbucksmiddleeast) and North African countries.
“Starbucks has a role and a meaningful relationship with people that is not only about the coffee.”Howard Schultz
Located in the heart of Amman, the 24 hour Starbucks branch that I visited was full of vivacious Students studying. It was 3 levels high and nearly every seat was taken.
I asked a barista what the most popular drink sold at this location was and she informed me that was Turkish Coffee. Have you ever tried Turkish Coffee? If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll definitely enjoy it?
@starbucks – Will you please add Turkish Coffee to your USA store menus? We love and want to indulge in it also!
Due to the fact I only visited for a few days, I would like to return to Jordan to explore a few other sites. A few that I am interested in are the Dead Sea, Petra, the Ma’in Hot Springs, and the Walls of Jerusalem. Please send me a message about your experience if you’re able to or have checked them out!