I am sure if you follow me on social media then you know I've been bombarding everyone (sorry not sorry!) with pictures of my recent trip to Jordan. There really aren't words to describe what a dream the whole thing was.
We went for Riley's brother's wedding. His wife is from Amman, Jordan so the entire family flew out to be there for the big celebration. I don't know what I did to deserve a trip of a lifetime, but his parents graciously paid all my travel expenses; #blessed is an understatement.
The wedding was on Friday and all the ladies (including me) got their hair, makeup, and nails done. When I saw Lujain (the bride) come out of the makeup chair, I almost balled my eyes out. She was and *IS* truly the most gorgeous human to walk this earth. The ceremony itself was unlike anything I have ever experienced, and the reception was in a stunning hotel that overlooked the city. It was just a night jam-packed with UNREAL beauty and glam, and I was all here for it. My dress was a long, gold sequin dress with a low-scoop back. Again, it was all too beautiful; TEARS EVERYWHERE.
Aside from the most amazing wedding I will ever go to in my life, we spent so much time galavanting across Jordan. We visited Mt. Nebo, the memorial for Moses. It's believed that Mt. Nebo is where Moses spent his last days, though his body has never been found. Here we are, awwwwww.
The day after the big 'I dos", we drove an hour south to the Dead Sea and stayed at a FREAKIN' five-star hotel, the Kempinski Ishtar resort. I could spend the rest of my life there, honestly. We were only there for a day, sadly, but it was enough time to swim in the Dead Sea. Apparently, and I was VERY skeptical of this, you can actually float in the water because the salt content is so high. I didn't believe it!!! They must be lies!!! We all got in, and I sh*t you not, you can lay on your back and just bob there. You don't have to tread water, swim, or try to keep your head above the water because you just chill there, ON TOP of the flippin' sea. It's, again, unreal.
After I got out though, my skin burned -- like, terribly burned. There are buckets filled with clay from the Dead Sea and I didn't want to use it because I was scared it would stain my swimsuit , but the stinging was so uncomfortable that I lathered it all over my body. Riley's entire family did it too, which made for a great family photo.
After our quick stay at the Dead Sea, we drove three hours south to Petra, one of the "new Seven Wonders of the World". We rode horses from the entrance of the monument to the beginning of the trailhead, which took about five minutes LOLz.
We walked about a mile through these incredible trenches and then this grand opening comes up where you see these unbelievable carvings in a wall of the canyon. It's absolutely breathtaking and at this point in the trip I am like, how the heck can you top this?!
And finally, after Petra, we drove another hour south to stay overnight in the middle of the desert in tents. YES, tents! Wadi Rum has this red tint to the sand, so lots of movies have been filmed there like *cough cough* The Martian. We got there pretty late, but the entire staff had a delicious Jordanian meal prepared for us, so we sat outside by the fire, ate, drank, and smoked hookah (of course). Then we hiked up this little mountain right off the campsite. Riley and I laid on the rocks and watched shooting stars, and in that moment I was the happiest I had ever been. It was such a wild experience and I wish I could convey exactly how we felt on that mountain.
In the morning, Riley and I got up at 5:45 am to watch the sun rise. I hadn't seen it in daylight at that point, so seeing it for the first time as the sun peeked over the mountain felt so surreal. Later that day we all laid by the pool and hiked up the mountain again to see that view one last time before we headed back to Amman to pack.
And that was it! The most amazing trip wrapped up on a mountain in the middle of the desert. We headed back to Amman, packed, and then got up early the next morning for our 12 HOUR flight. Before we knew it, we were back in our little shoebox apartment, and now I am writing this post to share with you all a piece of a wedding and vacation that will forever stick with me.