My Trip to Jordan (in GIFs!)

Hey guys, I’m back in the States!  I can say douchy things like “the States” now because I’m a schmancy world traveler. Try not to be intimidated by my cultured-ness.

You guys know the reason we went to Jordan was a sad one, but let’s keep things positive and talk about the fun/weird/random parts of our trip instead. And let’s do it with GIFs!

Note: Obviously, this is meant to be snarky. I loved Jordan!

I tried airplane food for the first time. It was not pleasant.


I got way too excited when one of the seven Arabic words I actually know came up in conversation.


But mostly, I heard words I don’t know and attempted to use context to figure out what was going on.


People blatantly stared at me wherever I went.


I’m actually not this cocky. Besides, they looked at me like one would look at a giraffe walking down the street.

I had to listen to a lot of long conversations in Arabic and I had no idea what was going on.


The driving is insane there. Seriously, it’s like a country full of Arabic Cruella Devilles.


I saw Steve with children for the first time when he was playing with our cute nieces and nephew.


But said nieces and nephew turned out to be both cute AND loud.


A Saudi Arabian woman visited the house and said mean things about me to Steve’s family because I’m an American (and all American women leave their husbands after three years, apparently), and I’m not Muslim (so I am clearly going to hell).


Every vendor gave me huge samples of ALL THE FOODS!


We used connections so I only had to pay the Jordanian rates for sites, not the tourist rates. I felt like I was in the Mafia.


Falafel is great the first time you have it in Jordan…


…and the tenth time.


Because falafel’s awesome, you guys.

Every single house in Jordan is freezing and no one seemed to notice but me.


I got food poisoning from $3 street chicken and then Steve’s friends tried to get me to eat fish with the heads still on them.

14We hit up the Petra Treasury…


…and scary Petra children tried to put things in my pockets.


We did a 30k bike ride along the Dead Sea. The downhill parts…


…were more enjoyable than the uphill parts.


Jordan doesn’t have Netflix or Hulu. I’m pretty sure this is what is keeping it at third world status.


Overall, I had an amazing time filled with great food, great people, and great weather. I can’t wait to go back!


[Images from imgur]

Check out my pictures from the trip on Instagram!



  2. The biggest thing I took from this post: Emma Stone has a very expressive face, especially on repeat. I didn’t know people could do that to their face… I mean, that happens to me All. The. Time when I am trying to look remotely normal in pictures… but intentionally? That’s some mad skills.

  3. A 30k bike ride along the Dead Sea sounds like a lot of fun! Also, I love falafel so much and hope to someday have it in a country in the Middle East.

    • It was a blast! I hadn’t been on a bike in seven years, so I was super excited to have such an epic return to cycling 🙂

      I’ve had a lot of falafel in my lifetime, and it’s been very hit or miss. It was all “hits” in Jordan!

  4. wow, this is great. Sounds like a fantastic trip. I always worry about the food poisoning. Over the course of my 7 months in Asia I lost 20 pounds because I was ALWAYS sick.

  5. Sounds like an amazing trip (besides that woman talking bad about you)! Hopefully your calves are now super amazing from that bike ride!

  6. Aunt Sheryl says

    Laughed and laughed until I nearly peed myself…or did I? You are flippin hilarious Erin.

  7. What a clever way to summarize the trip! Thanks for sharing, and great photos on Instagram, too. My wife did an Archaeology dig in Jordan and she loved the country. Beautiful part of the world.

  8. This is a hilarious wrap up! The three years stat is interesting, wonder where that stereotype comes from. Did you make a rude gesture with your hands and say #FourYearsBiyatches?! Because that would’ve been the appropriate AMURICAHN response. 😛

    • It came from delusion. And I would’ve told her off (hand gestures included) if she had the guts to say all of this in English (in which she was fluent). But instead, she said it in Arabic in front of me and Steve told me after. His family told her off for me, but I wish I would’ve had a shot at it.

  9. Haha all of these GIFs are hilarious. I loved the pictures that you posted on Instagram. Beautiful!

  10. Loved your giff explanation of the week. Thanks for the morning chuckle. Loved the pictures, too! I’m sorry for the reason you went but I’m glad you got to enjoy the sites and have the experience.

  11. “Because falafel’s awesome, you guys” Yes it is. Sorry for the reason you had to go there but glad you enjoyed yourself (except for the food poisoning part).

  12. Fish heads fish heads.
    Roly poly fish heads.
    Fish heads fish heads.
    Eat them up, yum!
    In the morning laughing happy fish heads,
    In the evening floating in the soup.

    Well, you know how the rest of the song goes. Wait, maybe you don’t. In any case, there is no way that would be going near my mouth either. Bleh!

    Falafel is totally awesome. I love all food from that region. Damn, now I’m hungry. Not for fish heads though.

    • Yeah, I can’t do fish heads. Even without food poisoning.

      Falafel rocks my world. I love Arabic food, except for dishes with yogurt, which rules out quite a bit (or at the very least, requires recipe alterations).

  13. your trip to Jordan sounds remarkably similar to my trip to Pakistan. Mainly the parts where: every home is freezing, the driving is insane, the food is amazing, you get better rates for touristy stuff because you are related to someone who knows a guy who knows a guy, there is no netflix, hulu, amazonprime and youtube is banned.

    • Wow, that is pretty much the same! Although YouTube wasn’t banned, thank god, because that’s what I ended up using for music while I was working 🙂

  14. Good narrative of the story … I think it’s a fun trip .. and get to know my beautiful despite the negatives in all countries of the world

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