Part 2 of my trip to Jordan with friends. On day four we went to Little Petra which is smaller than Petra but also less touristy and rawer. The entrance to little Petra is very narrow so in Nabatean times, camels couldn’t enter the secluded city. Traders came and went and sold their goods on the market overlooked by a judge. Little Petra is full of narrow stairways and hidden caves. It feels like a great hide and seek playground but you could get lost within minutes. Only a few bedouin families, who still live there, could help you on your way.
The next day we visited Petra. You walk for about 700 meters through a narrow passageway called the “Siq” and after every turn you expect to see the Treasury. The anticipation is almost too much but when you finally see that gigantic temple carved out of rock, your jaw drops in astonishment. It is absolutely breathtaking. The site in Petra is very big and takes you from one King’s grave to another. It is quite a walk, certainly in those high temperatures. Bedouin men who look like Johnny Depp’s “Jack Sparrow” will flirt with you along the way and, apparently, many European women marry Jordanian bedouins. I had a conversation with one who talked about living in a cave, drinking tea and finding his way in the desert by looking at the stars. How can one not be enchanted by a Johnny Depp-looking man? He followed me for hours asking me if I’d stay and watch the sunset with him. When my final answer was “no” he desperately called: “But I like you, I really like you.”.
The next day it was off to the Wadi Rum desert. We took a jeep ride though the desert and at the end of the day we watched the sunset and arrived at a bedouin camp where we ate and slept under the stars. I woke up at 4 am and I don’t think I’d ever seen so many stars in my life! I just didn’t want to go back to sleep. The next day we took a 5 hour camel ride through the desert. My camel’s name was Ahmed and we became good friends but even still, when you get off a camel after 5 hours, you’ll feel as if you’re swaying from one side to the other for the rest of the day.
Our final two days we spent snorkeling in the Red Sea near Aqaba. Lionfish, clownfish, colorful coral, it was beautiful. We even went snorkeling towards a shipwreck which felt a little sinister to be drifting above a sunken ship. Either way, we were on a boat with handsome diving instructors, I couldn’t ask for more.
That was the end of our Jordanian adventure and it was perfect!