Jordan is often referred to as the “Hashemite Kingdom of Boredom” and, I must admit, sometimes it can feel like quite a sleepy place. But despite what you think you know, there’s more to this kingdom than meets the eye.

I’ve been living in Jordan for nearly three years now and, with my wife and one-year-old son, have begun to peel back the layers and understand what Jordan has to offer.

Discovering the real Jordan is a long-term project. Anyone can fly in, visit the Citadel, hike in Petra, ride a camel at Wadi Rum, swim in the Dead Sea, and be done. Most tourists can check Jordan off the list in a little over a week. But is this really Jordan they are seeing? Of course not.

At a faster pace than ever before, Jordan is undergoing change. But despite the sometimes heavy headlines, I feel that there is a new generation in Jordan searching for ways to create (or recreate) a lively, dynamic, hub of culture and tradition. From new restaurants and cafes, organic farms and markets, cooking classes, art installations, concerts, and more, Jordan is experiencing a renaissance.

I try to remember that bit of advice, “Learn something about everything and everything about something.” The goal of this website is to provide a little bit of everything, while at the same time diving more deeply into specific stories, events, people, and places. The hope is that we can create a community of excitement — even in the Kingdom of Boredom.



9 Things You Didn’t Know About Jerash

Jerash is the second-most popular tourist attraction in Jordan, surpassed only by the ruins of Petra. Jerash boasts evidence of settlements dating all the way back to the Bronze Age (3200 BC – 1200 BC) and recently human skulls have been uncovered by archaeologists. Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. The archaeology …