Initially, we intended to go back to our little budget hotel for New Years Eve. We had to leave at 4:00am for the airport, so it didn’t make much sense to stay anywhere nicer. Buuuttt…throughout the course of the week, one of the members of our group suggested using points and a “suite credit” to stay in the Sheraton on our final night. It turned out to be a REALLY good idea. After a poor night of sleep in the tent, no showers, and a couple of days of hiking, riding camels, and riding in vehicles, I think everyone was ready for a nice bed and a nice shower.
A lot of napping took place on our ride from Wadi Rum to Amman, but our driver made sure that we took a picture of this road sign. Add that to the list of things I never thought I would see…
Besides being able to get a manicure AND pedicure for cheap at the hotel salon, we had a New Years Eve buffet option that meant we didn’t need to leave the hotel. I brought headbands and glasses to make sure we would have some New Years flare, but the restaurant had their own flare…and plenty of it!
[Knowing we had to wake up at 3:30am made it REALLY hard to stay up until midnight.]
We tried to find a local station to hep us countdown. The only thing we could find was so poor. They were literally showing a real clock – not a countdown. And I think they set off the sparklers in their studio before it was technically midnight. Talk about anti-climatic. Thank goodness, we spotted some fireworks displays from our balcony. I think we celebrated for a total of 2-3 minutes before promptly going to sleep. People were still out celebrating when we left the hotel at 4:00am for our flights.
I never expected to be in Amman, Jordan – especially to ring in a new year. What an incredible place to experience as part of my global adventures. This will definitely go down as one of my all-time favorite trips! I’m especially grateful that I got to travel with some really fun friends. All of that laughter was good for my soul.