As far as stressful airport entrances go, this was a flight that was definitely up there! For some reason, the traffic was stupidly bad in Vienna and we had (also stupidly) decided to get an Uber to the airport. We were sat in stand-still traffic deciding what to do for what felt like ages. Eventually, we managed to stick it out and arrived at the airport, rushed through to the gates and found ourselves being questioned thoroughly by Israeli police! We were separated and asked all these questions about how we met (meeting in Morocco didn’t go down too well), where we’ve lived, who we might know in Muslim countries, etc, etc. It’s funny how under pressure, both of us stuttered on our answers even though it was obviously all true! Either way, we managed to get on the plane and were literally the last ones on.
We were visiting Jerusalem at quite a tricky time; Trump had just announced that he was to be moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognising Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, and in turn, infuriating Palestinians. We had read loads on it. We had been glued to the news in the days prior to our visit. We really weren’t sure whether travelling to Jerusalem was the greatest idea we’d ever had or not!
As part of our pretty epic honeymoon, we started our trip in Jordan. Visiting Petra had been on both of our bucket lists. July seemed to be a quieter time to visit; it was pretty hot but the heat doesn’t bother us too much (we met in the desert in Morocco in August!) so we were actually able to enjoy the sights of the country fairly peacefully.
Because we had literally just had our wedding, we decided to spend a few days int he country’s capital, Jordan for a few days just to relax and recover from everything. We booked a room at the Marriott Hotel and enjoyed their fine buffet breakfasts, pool and various other hotel amenities and didn’t do too much else!
During our February half term break, Mike and I decided to go camping in Oman. We didn’t know too much about the country, only that whilst the rest of Austria was under and blanket of snow and ice, Oman would be at a temperature that we enjoyed! I planned us a great itinerary that, on paper, could have possibly looked a bit intimidating as it was pretty fully with lots going on. But luckily, it worked fine and we didn’t even get lost once.