I’ve met great people in every country but Jordan really sticks out for how far the Jordanians went to help us. They were friendly in Indonesia, but Jordanians, random strangers, kept going that extra mile beyond reasonable expectations. Often they’d tried to help us but most spoke very limited English, so there was certainly some effort on their part.
For example, a waiter actually invited us to stay with him at his home the “next” time we visit. We’ve gone through the conversation multiple times and can’t quite figure out how it came to that, but the invitation was incredibly generous nevertheless.
On that previous driving in the fog adventure story, a guy we met along the way invited us into his house, called someone he knew that spoke marginally better English, to help direct us for this missing road.
On our last night, we were a little lost driving through Amman, their capital city. The highways are actually very well marked in Jordan, but there’s almost no signs on the local roads. We thought we must be really close but couldn’t find our hotel. We met a guy named Mohammad that was nice enough to help us; he started directing us but halfway through said it was really complicated but we were 15 minutes away and he’d help us. He didn’t just finish telling us where to go, or show us on a map. He closed the office, hopped in his car and had us follow him to our hotel. If this had happened when I first arrived in Jordan, the prospect of having a random person in the Middle East driving to our hotel might have been slightly frightening. But this is Jordan, and it was yet another example of Jordanians going out of their way to help us. He was incredibly nice and helpful, and I’d like to give a plug to his business. Mohammad gave us his card afterward – he’s actually the Deputy CEO at Great Wall Al Said Automotive (www.greatwalljordan.com), so if you’re moving to Jordan, that’s where to buy a car! Thanks Mohammad!
Afterward I read a few good posts on trusting others in Jordan; here’s one from Nomadic Matt. It’s a great travel blog if you don’t already read it.