Jordan travel guide

Happiness Again, Amman, Jordan

When I was in Amman, I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days at Happiness Again, which is a non-profit organization aiding traumatized Syrian refugee children displaced from the war. The work that the volunteers do here is so incredibly important. The things that these children have seen and experienced as a result of the war are things that no child...or person should have to see in their lifetime.

Happiness Again puts together a program of different therapies: art therapy, yoga, individualized psychological therapy, and others in order to help the children combat the trauma they experienced. I've included photos of the children during yoga and art therapy. I also had the privilege of attending a graduation party for some of the kids from the center. It was humbling to see the center accomplish exactly what they wanted: to put smiles back on the faces of these kids. If you want more information on Happiness Again, or if you'd like to make a donation or volunteer, you can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/Happiness-Again-Malki-Center-211608845708800/. Every little bit helps to put smiles on these kids faces.

Amman & Petra

It's rare to find a city like Amman: steeped in history, is clearly Middle Eastern and at the same time is beautiful. Roman ruins carved into mountains right in the middle of a bustling downtown. Hipster coffee shops teeming with students and expats sit not too far from mosques and traditional restaurants, showing a society that has been there for centuries yet is also adaptable to the times. All the while, UNESCO World Heritage Sites are only a drive away.

I spent this trip with much family time, relaxing, taking things slow, and eating delicious home-cooked seasonal Syrian food. I also had the pleasure of helping out some friends at Happiness Again, a non-profit aiding traumatized Syrian children displaced from the war, which will come in a later blog post. For now, I'll be sharing photos from Amman, and keep reading to see highlights from Petra!

My dad and I took a day trip to Petra sort of last minute. Quick tip: if you have the time, I'd suggest staying overnight. The place is HUGE, and there's really so much to explore. Petra is also apparently very special to see at night, which we did not get a chance to experience. We got a chance to see just about all of it in the handful of hours that we had. It truly is an impressive and majestic place.