The hospitality of the people of Jordan is truly beautiful!
Yesterday I bought a ring in a shop owned by a kind, elderly man. We exchanged names and he made fresh Turkish coffee for us as we talked about my Jordanian travels. He also brought out some traditional Jordanian sweets that were delicious! I had a few and asked where I could get some. He said unfortunately the shops were closed (it was evening, things usually close around 4 or 5), so I wouldn't be able to get any until tomorrow. I told him that sadly, this was my last day here, and that I was catching my flight tomorrow. He paused for a bit thoughtfully, and offered more to me. After a few moments he asked me what hotel I was staying at. I told him and he said ok. As I made my goodbyes, he expressed how happy he was that I sat down with him today, as not many people want to anymore. They were usually in a rush, or were suspicious of the goodwill. He told me that he loved talking with people about their travels around the world, and wanted to hear their stories and about where they're from. He hadn't traveled much, so he lived through the stories of others. I said I was always happy to talk, and thanked him for being so kind.
Now fast forward to today, a few hours before my flight. I go down to check out and when the receptionist saw my name, she said "Oh! Someone left a gift for you!" I was very curious, thinking maybe she was mistaken. Then she pulled out a bag that had not one, not two, but three boxes of the delicious treats!! He hadn't left a note, but I knew for sure who it was from.
This wasn't the only case of people being incredibly kind to me during my stay, but it certainly sums up the experience as a whole very well.
The world should take a few notes from Jordan about kindness. A little goes a long way!
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