Scenes from Jordan


8 days.


9 stops.


Over 900 photographs.


Thousands of words waiting to burst out of my head.


And for the first time… 110 minutes of video.


We entered the country of Jordan with a mission. Not only were we going to give you a vast array of pictures and entertaining stories (including a couple of scandalous ones: almost chopping off my own finger and nearly passing out on a hill), we wanted to give you some active coverage of everything we saw and did.

So, here is the first of a few videos that we’ll be showing of our time in Jordan, and it is a sneak preview of everything you’ll see in the next few weeks.


(Don’t worry, we edited it down from 110 minutes to just three.)



We gratefully visited Jordan as guests of the Jordan Tourism Board. As always, all opinions are our own.


45 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • June 15 2012

    Fantastic job guys! I can’t wait to read all about it!

  • June 15 2012

    Are you surprised that the camels are my favorite part?!

    • June 16 2012

      The camels are my favorite part too! When they’re eating! With their funny camel lips! πŸ™‚

  • June 15 2012

    You guys did such a great job on your first video! I was just saying to Cailin that I wouldn’t try video because it looks so difficult but after seeing this video it really does bring a place to life in a way that photos do not. It brought back great memories of Jordan.
    Ayngelina recently posted..My mother the assassin

    • June 16 2012

      Thank you!! (Wipes off nervous sweat!) It really isn’t that difficult, and building the video was SO much fun. I think we will start doing a lot more.

  • June 15 2012

    Just wow! I am so excited… I will be there soon! Even if I will have a slightly different itinerary. Great job with the video!

    • June 16 2012

      Enjoy Giulia – you will love it! And thank you!

  • Ter
    June 15 2012

    I want a camel-powereed rickshaw!!!! (added to Christmas list)

    Great idea for the video trailers. Ha ha! Travel Trailers!

    (PS – if you make any money off that phrase, I get 70%).

    • Ter
      June 15 2012

      Um…that’s ‘powered’.

    • June 16 2012

      Totally using that…and you’ll get a high five in return. πŸ™‚

  • June 15 2012

    Nice job, guys! Can’t wait to read about your Jordan adventures.
    Amanda recently posted..Lots of Lighthouses

    • June 16 2012

      Thanks Amanda! Can’t wait to start sharing them next week!

  • LOVE it!!!!!

  • June 16 2012

    Loved the video, it gives a good summary. Can’t wait for the rest!
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  • Mom
    June 15 2012

    Wow you guys….good job. I so enjoyed watching that & can’t wait for more. It truly does give a different tone to things.

  • June 16 2012

    We absolutely loved Jordan! Each place we visited we visited on our 8 day trip last March was unique and beautiful in its own right. Jordan is definitely a country we would like to go back to and see more of. Thank you for sharing your experience an helping us to reminisce on our own!
    Jennifer recently posted..Liechtenstein: Small in Size, Big in Beauty

    • June 17 2012

      There are definitely a lot of amazing and unique sights for it being such a small country!

  • June 16 2012

    The Hecktic portfolio expands! Soon all forms of media will be Hecklified, and there will be no escape! I mean, well done, great video. Love the camels πŸ˜‰
    Laurence recently posted..In photos: from the Facebook Page (Edition i)

    • June 17 2012

      Haha! Hecklified! You sure are having a lot of fun with our last name lately… πŸ™‚

      • June 17 2012

        I think Calvin and Hobbes explain it best:

        Calvin: I like to verb words.
        Hobbes: What?
        Calvin: I take nouns and adjectives and use them as verbs. Remember when “access” was a thing? Now it’s something you do. It got verbed. . . . Verbing weirds language.
        Hobbes: Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding.

        ..the quest continues!
        Laurence recently posted..In photos: from the Facebook Page (Edition i)

        • June 19 2012

          Major MAJOR bonus points for quoting Calvin and Hobbes. πŸ™‚

  • Ali
    June 16 2012

    Looks great! I so want to go to Jordan! Looking forward to reading more!

  • Marie @ A Montrealer Abroad
    June 16 2012

    First video, really? You know you’re going to have to do more now, because this one is amazing!

    • June 17 2012

      Aw, thanks Marie! It’s not our very first video ever, but our first one we’ve done focusing on a specific destination. We definitely will be doing more! πŸ™‚

  • June 16 2012

    So the best part of this video is cleary 0:43-1:00. I mean the other parts are cool, too, but you know…
    Phil recently posted..Travel Health Hypothetical: Getting a Massive Cut Without Access to Medical Care

    • June 17 2012

      That’s the part where Pete was rubbing mud on his hot bod, right? Oh no, wait, I think you mean the camels…. πŸ™‚

  • Monzer
    June 16 2012

    just got here thru a couple of pages on fb before i end up here.. you guys are awesome.. the thought of leaving everything behind to enjoy travelling the world is just amazing πŸ™‚ am sure you’ve experienced a lot of fun so far!
    am from Madaba, Jordan and just wanted to support you by making this comment.. hope you had a great time in Jordan!
    Monzer Sami

    • June 17 2012

      Welcome Monzer – thank you for your comment! We loved our time in Jordan, and especially in your city of Madaba (our blog post on our stop there is coming up on Monday!)

  • We’re headed there for an ecotourism-focused trip in September. Can’t wait!

  • June 17 2012
  • I cannot imagine trying to edit down video. I have enough trouble with my photos! Nice job πŸ˜‰

    • June 19 2012

      It’s not as hard as you’d think – a lot of our video was crap – haha!

  • Awesome video guys!! Make me wanna jump in the next plane and visit Jordan!! Love the music of the video!

  • Gillian @OneGiantStep
    June 22 2012

    I don’t normally watch video…but I’m so glad I did!! It so reminds me of being there and of how glad I am that we went! Thank you.

    • June 23 2012

      I’m so glad you did too! (I’m with you, I don’t tend to watch a lot of video either, except now I am seeing as we’re starting to make more!)

  • June 25 2012

    That was so fun!! You guys have done a great job of your first video. I would love to know how many hours of work went into the editing process. You have made me think I should be putting what we learned in our workshop to better use, Dalene. PS You look awesome on that camel πŸ™‚
    Cherina recently posted..The Wilds of South Iceland In Photos

    • June 25 2012

      Haha, thanks! That was a fun camel ride.

      Hmmm…I actually don’t think the editing process was too bad. I think the whole video probably took ~12 hours (which I guess is a lot). The most painful part is finding the right music, everything else is quite easy. πŸ™‚

  • Olive Jane Shilpa Soreng
    June 28 2012

    I love it. I’ve been there. And i fell in love with the country. Can’t wait to go back again. It has a beauty of its own. Actually every place has a has its beauty. But did you guys just go to the tourist attraction places?!! Because there’s a lot more to it. I love the music given to it. πŸ˜€ Made my day. Thanks.

    • June 28 2012

      Glad you enjoyed it! Unfortunately, we didn’t have a lot of time and so stuck to the tourist places. We usually like to take our time and really get to know a place, but that will have to be done on another trip to Jordan.

  • Joanie Joan
    July 2 2012

    So amazing, you guys!! I wish I was doing all of that right this second. πŸ™‚ xo

  • Well done guys!
    I’ve been trying to get better at videos but I always get stumped in the editing process… hopefully we’ll get some good footage this summer in Europe

    • July 4 2012

      Thanks Cam! I find the editing not so bad (part way through our trip I had a vision of how to do it based on the footage we were getting), it’s the damn music selection that stumps me!

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