AMONG my friends, there is some dismay when I say I am going to Jordan. “Isn’t it dangerous?” they fret, and I can understand why. Jordan shares its borders with Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Syria and Egypt, all hot spots for recent troubles.
I was travelling at a time when every day brought news of another uprising in the Middle East or North Africa. Yet somehow, Jordan – as always – has remained an oasis of calm, peace and friendliness. “We are the Switzerland of the Middle East,” one observer told me, “the nice neighbourhood in the rough district.”
Written by Beverley Hadgraft
Photography by Beverley Hadgraft