Amsterdam: On March 24th, with a camera, a book, a backpack paired with comfortable sneakers and without sleep for past 28 hours, I arrived at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. I had booked myself a round trip to Amman with Turkish Airlines (345 € round trip) with 3 hours layover each way in Istanbul (the total flight time each way was around 11 hours). My flight from Amsterdam was a bit delayed and so I used that time to take a few selfies, start reading my book and like any other travel nomad I was exploiting the free WiFi in the airport to update my Spotify playlist and kept checking what is not to be missed in the places I have decided to go in Jordan!
Istanbul: I arrived in Istanbul very late (midnight), but still didn’t want to miss my favorite Turkish Kebabs and hence ordered myself a plate! I have been flying with Turkish Airlines few times now,and I definitely recommend this dish in the picture below.
Amman to Aqaba transit: Finally I arrived in Amman early morning at 4am and got my Visa on Arrival (read more about it here). After immigrations, I moved to the domestic terminal to check in my Royal Jordanian flight from Amman to Aqaba from where I would start my journey! My flight to Aqaba was a very short one (55 minutes) and came with a heavy price tag (55 €). Thankfully it was on time and not to my surprise, I was the only female traveller without a hijab! I had already read that South of Jordan is very conservative (may be due to its proximity to Saudi Arabia) and hence I had dressed myself accordingly with full sleeves and trousers.
After arriving at Aqaba, I collected my backpack and headed towards the airport exit. There was no public transportation available and I decided to try my luck at hitch-hiking. I was very lucky to be picked up by a group of photographers (open-minded young people speaking very good english) and they safely dropped me in the city centre where my couch-surfing host had asked me to wait.
Read my next post on what I did in Aqaba the first day here: Jordan Chronicles 3: Aqaba Day 1
Missed my previous post on knowing Jordan in general? It’s here: Jordan Chronicles 1: Nutshell