Petra!

Trip Start Apr 02, 2006
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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Arriving in Petra town, I meet another tour leader, Coco in the cave restaurant of our hotel. It's great to ahve someone else to recce with, to share the thinking and the questions.

We make our way into Petra, pausing at every third turn to take an "almost in Petra" photograph between the high valley walls. When we finally arrive, it's worth the wait. Camels strategically positioned in front of the Treasury - how much more photogenic can you get?

We are accosted by two Berber kids, one with a huge grin and mischievous twinkle in his eyes. He tries to entice us to ride his donkey: "Go on! FOr once in your life!" Then tells Coco, "My donkey's name is Coco!" She dryly notes that the donkey is a boy and he simply grins and shurgs his shoudlers.

The donkeys wid their way carefully along teh stone paths, sure footed and sturdy. The bigger boy comes riding hard to catch up wtih us and cheeky boy calls out, "Hey! Fat man!" They are a comical pair.

That night we return for Petra By Night. In front of the treasury is a sea of tiny tea lights and a gentleman in red headscarf and white dishdash. His voice resonates in the enclosed space, and with a glass of warm thyme tea we almost doze off.

We walk back along the path, voices hushed in awe. This is so much better than watching Indiana Jones!
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