Bedouin Stay

Trip Start Apr 05, 2012
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Trip End Apr 15, 2012


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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Yesterday started at 5:45am with my alarm going off. I had to be up, packed, and ready to go for bus ride to Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum a famous desert in Jordan because T.E. Lawrence wrote about it in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Although this land is protected, there are still over 5,000 Bedouins living here and thousands of visitors that come for nightly stays.

I booked my tour through Rum Tours and I have to stay they were fantastic. I even recruited another family from England living in Dubai that I met to stay the same tour as me. When we arrived in Wadi Rum we waited for another family of three that were coming. They are from Scotland. The 6 of us spent the whole day touring around Wadi Rum visiting different sites. Some of which were from T.E. Lawrence's book and others of beautiful sites.

The first stop was at Lawrence Springs which is a small spring in the mountains. The climb up the rocks was really nice, but the spring was a little less to be desired. From there we went hiking through a cave to see carvings on the walls. We also stopped off at a sand dune. It was blast to climb up it (which I was already in pain from yesterday's trek through Petra) and we ran down. We had such a nice time. From there we stopped to look at some more cave drawings. Then on through another canyon for a 45 minute hike while Muhammad our driver set up our packed lunch. His direction was to walk through the canyon and to the right. He will be in a shaded area. We walked through the canyon and to the right but didn't see him. Alan from Scotland walked ahead to see if he saw him. He walked, and walked, and walked and finally turned to us and gestured to us that Muhammad was setup there. We were all so hot and tired, it was such a relief to find him. Muhammad had made hot Bedouin tea which is black tea with sage. It tasted delicious with the sage. For lunch we had tuna, bread, tomato, cucumber, and some snacks. It was all delicious and I ate it with joy considering how hungry I was. We had some extra time there before we continued. After our trek around we made a few more stops before we made it to our sunset location. We watched a beautiful sunset while drinking more tea. After that we headed back to camp. Settled down, and get ready for dinner.

The main Bedouin made an announcement that he was going to get the food and anyone who would like to come could come and take pictures. It was really interesting because they made the food in the ground. As he pulled off the lid, there laid an arrangement of chicken, carrots, and potatoes. Very similar to my last nights dinner. However when he pulled it out of the ground we soon realized it was a three tiered platter. Also for dinner they had many different salads. After dinner we sat and listened to some Bedouin music along with dancing. It was a lot of fun. Afterwards we were able to conversations and ask whatever questions we had to the Bedouin people. It was quite nice. By then it was already 9:30 - 10pm. I was so tired and went to bed. We slept in nice sized huts that kept the wind out. I slept pretty well. I was a little chilly at night but still had a good sleep.

I woke up at 6:45am for breakfast then a 2 1/2 hour camel ride back into Rum Village where our bags were waiting. It was a very nice ride. It was a little overcast so the sun wasn't beating which worked out in our favor.

The Scottish family was heading up to Amman too so they were able to give me a lift back up in their rented car.
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Alyse on

WOW! Another amazing trip for Allie!

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