Hospitality of the Jordanians!
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Dec 20, 2012 7:53 AM Last Post By: hodol88
Dec 5, 2012 5:54 AM
Hospitality of the Jordanians!After describing some of unpleasant situations in my other posts now it’s time to share with you my good experiences.
Let me start from South Beach in Aqaba.
Initially we wanted to stay only 2 days however due to Khalid we stayed 5!
Khalid (or Khaled-I am not sure) is the owner of the small shop on the beach where you can rent a snorkelling kit (8JD). He has got a young helper who you can usually meet there.
Everything started after we rented the kit on the first day. After a while Khalid’s small helper brought us a hot tea for free. Up to that point we did know Khalid.
During our next dive we found the guy in the water who was feeding the fishes. I and my wife were observing what the guy was doing (apparently when you have old bread you can feed the fish and they will eat from your hand). The person who was feeding the fishes was Khalid.
After a while he invited us to have another dive with him. Obviously it’s his territory so he knows every single stone, every single coral there. While we were swimming he showed us many different speciousness including octopus, lion fish and many different animals which we probably wouldn’t see without him. He also caught the ball fish, you know the one which when your catch pumps itself and look like ball! Fantastic experience when he gave us the fish to hold
The next day Khalid caught the Tuna and invited us for a lunch. He treated us as we were part of his family. In the mean time we discussed many subject regarding his work and Saudis visitors who arrive to Aqaba to have fun. Same situation repeated the following day. This time we prepared ourselves so we brought some gifts and Khalid treated us with the grilled chicken! Obviously every day we dove together watching the beautiful underwater world including some wracks.
After that it was a real shame that we had to leave Aqaba. We will never forget Khalid’s hospitality! Unselfish and kind welcome which he gave us will stay in our minds for a long time. It was unreal!
Second very nice situation took place when we were hiking close to Dana Village.
We met 3 shepherds who invited us for a tea. They kindled small fire and put small kettle on. After a while everybody had hot tea. We sat for some time talking about their life and families. Unfortunately only on man could speak weak English but it was enough to have a nice conversation.
Similar situations repeated few times during our stay in Jordan. So yes – it’s true that Jordanian people are one of a kind ! ! !
Dec 20, 2012 7:53 AM
1My guide in Morocco was amazing. He was extremely kind and made us feel like that we were invited to his house, but he pushed really hard to sell a rug. I ended up buying a rug at the end, but I didn't need it!
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