Shoeboxed Visits Jordan!

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The team has just returned from an amazing four-day trip to Amman, Jordan. We took a few friends and mixed fun with business — meeting with the members of the business community that invited us to Jordan and visiting some great tourist spots. It was everyone but Mo’s first time traveling to the Middle East, and the experience was outstanding.

Mo, one of the members of Shoeboxed’s marketing and strategy team, hails from Amman, Jordan, and was able to give us an authentic tour of some of the country’s great landmarks.

After having a delicious and very filling dinner the night we arrived, we headed out the next day to several religiously and historically significant sites in the Jordan Valley. We visited what is thought to be Jesus’ baptism site at the Jordan River (about 20 feet away from the West Bank), Moses’ death place on Mount Nebo, and the mosaic Madaba Map. Needless to say, these places were amazing to see. The religious and historical importance was almost a little hard to comprehend.

The next day we went to Petra, one of the newly named man-made Wonders of the World. It is an ancient city built in to the side of rock formations, and it is absolutely stunning. We walked for a few kilometers through a passageway in the rock formations until we arrived at the entrance to the city. It was unbelievable, especially when you think about how long ago it was built. The innovation and vision it took to decide to carve a 60-foot-high building into a rock face is pretty inspiring for a young entrepreneur.

We spent the next day in Amman, soaking up the capital city’s culture and racking up some great souvenirs.

I certainly had an amazing time, but I don’t want to try to sum up everybody’s experience myself, so I got everybody to tell me what their favorite part of the trip was.

Alexandra – “Seeing Jesus’ baptism site was very cool for me as a Catholic.”
Candace – “Having my luggage not make it back to Berlin. Oh wait…”
Cory – “Riding a camel at Petra. It’s a stepping stone to the Shooter’s bull.”
Dan (me) – “There were so many cool things, but I don’t think I will ever have better hummus.”
Etienne – “Floating in the Dead Sea. I’m not a big floater, but I didn’t have a choice.”
Julian – “Seeing a herd of wild camels when we were driving back from Petra.”
Taylor – “Interviewing a camel about (watch video)”
Tee – “Chilling on the Dead Sea beach baked in mud.”
Tomas – “Being able to see places mentioned in the Bible was a really cool experience.”

Who knows where the Shoeboxed team will be next? For now, we’re back in Berlin.