Next up on my Jordan road trip with the over 900 year old Shobak (aka Shawbak, Montreal) castle left over from when the Ottomans ruled in this part of the world.
You can walk through and explore on your own or have a guide (recommended) for 5 JD (Jordanian Dinar). There is a spot where you can actually go through a tunnel and come out on the outside in the countryside however I didn’t take this route to exit and instead opted for the traditional exit.
From each spot you have either stunning view of the surrounds or an interesting corner of internal spots that make you feel almost as if you’re in a different place as you turn each corner.
After leaving we drove along and Wesam stopped so that I could take photos of Shobak Castle from a distance. I was turning around to walk back to the car and these three lovely ladies beckoned me over. They had padded seating on the ground and offered me perfectly prepared mint tea complete with mint leaves. I was happily startled, I never expected such hospitality in the middle of the countryside in Jordan.
A mother with her two sweet daughters treated me to one of the best things that can be experienced while traveling, hospitality and kindness. In addition to tea they provided cookies and sunflower seeds. I hated to say goodbye, but Wesam told me that if I was to make it to little Petra before dark we should get going, so I bid farewell and we head on our way.
I gave Wesam a bit of a scare. When I stepped out of the car I was one one side of the road but when I went over to speak to the ladies I was on the other, well Wesam hadn’t noticed me cross and thought I’d somehow managed to disappear! Needless to say he was relieved to note that I hadn’t performed a magic trick in the middle of the Jordanian countryside and in fact was in good hands.
Then it was back on the road to head to Little Petra, this was a place that Wesam suggested based on my interests. He knew that if we managed our time just right I could have at least an hour and a half there before dark.
So we took off in Wesam’s hybrid which ran smooth and was always packed with water, pillows and of course blowing plenty of AC.
Sometimes the road less traveled has goats, but it’s still worth taking.
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Shobak Castle – Crusader Castle
Hospitable Jordanian Ladies
On the Road in Jordan – Jordanian Road Trip
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