Where to shop...
your Dead Sea soaps and skin treatments at a department
store in Amman, they are a fraction of the cost
at the tourist sites. Try Cosmo, you'll find everything
in their basement department.
Pat, Calgary, Canada
are lots of interesting Jordanian crafts to buy
and if you look around in the local markets you
will find them much less in cost than in the souvenir
shops. If you want to buy cosmetic Dead Sea body
or face mud, I suggest going into the local pharmacy,
especially in Petra and you will find the price
substantially less. Other lovely things include
hand embroidered ladies galabeyas. Definition
of galabeyas according to Wikipedia 'is a traditionalArab
garment native to the Persian Gulf region worn
by women as a casual dress or as evening wear
depending on the amount of work, complication
of design and beadwork. It dates back to the earliest
days of civilization in the Arab states of the
Noreen, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
are grown in northern Jordan and areas like Ajloun
are known for their olive oil products. I bought
handmade olive oil soaps scented with geranium,
cinnamon, mint, rosemary, and chamomile grown
right in the garden of the soap factory. I recommend
buying products from the Jordan
River Foundation and Wild
Jordan because they support the local economy
and are made naturally. All of the women in my
family loved the soaps and I do too! It makes
your skin incredibly soft and is a close as I
can get to a Turkish bath outside of Jordan. Also,
I bought a bottle of olive oil for my apartment
while I there, and it was so good that I had to
bring some back with me. It's extremely flavorful
and smooth. I got mine from a regular grocery
store such as Safeway.
Brianne, Houston, USA
found most of our souvenirs downtown, in the shops
along the street. This is the best place for bargaining
so don't be shy! Most of my friends bought kofias
(red and white scarves men wear around their heads),
scarves, pillow cases, embroidered blouses, bellydancing
outfits or spices. Some of the guys bought hookahs.
One of my friends bought a beautiful prayer rug.
I thought that this was an especially interesting
souvenir because religion is very much a part
of everyday life in Jordan and prayer rugs are
very sentimental to most people.
Brianne, Houston, USA
Roman times, Jerash was a market town. Today I
think the best scarves and jewelry are at Jerash
artist's market at Jerash. For jewellry see Mustfa
in the Jerash Artist's market. Tell him Sherry
from Vancouver sent you.
Sherry, Vancouver, Canada
has a good market for silver and gold jewelry
and you will see a lot of natural stone necklaces
that are gorgeous. If looking for one really nice
souvenir, I would recommend buying an antique
silver and natural stone necklace! The price is
determined by weight and you can bargain it down
some, but they are certainly beautiful pieces
if you enjoy Arab music then you can buy CDs from
vendors for about USD $1.50. Take note that they
do not always load automatically into iTunes or
something similar and you have to manually add
most of the information.
Brianne, Houston, USA
men will test you...
rather stunned at how many men hit on me while traveling
through Jordan. From Amman, Jerash and even in Petra,
many of the men I met
(guides, business associates, bus drivers, room service
waiters, waiters) from age 22 to 62 made some sort of
pass at me. Foreign women are quite exotic to them and
unfortunately some foreign women take them up on these
clumsy passes and so they persist. It can be really
annoying but I finally got the point. I would just laugh
at them and make a joke. I tried not to take it personally.
I truly think most of the men are harmless and it's
sort of a numbers game to them.
I had a guide in Petra who owned his own business and
came to my hotel one night and told me he wanted to
take me out to see Petra in the moonlight (it was a
full moon). I knew him through business and thought
it was a nice gesture. He drove me way out into the
desert and when we got out of the car to look back at
the city, he tried to kiss me. It scared me to death.
I was out in the middle of nowhere with this kid. I
told him he was scaring me, it was not professional,
and to take me right back to the hotel. He did and later
apologized. So I recommend that female travelers have
a game plan on how to say no politely to all invitations.
The best approach is to tell them you have a husband
or a boyfriend. And, please just don't go into the desert
on a moonlit night even if you know the man.
(Submitted by an anonymous businesswoman)
Things Women Should Know Before Visiting Jordan