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Month: November 2016

Petra, the Ancient City of the Nabateans

Walking through the 1,2 km long narrow Siq with its 600 feet high vertical walls to the major sites of Petra is already an experience of its own. The former sacred way into Petra is spotted with niches for Gods. A sophisticated water system can be seen all along the way.

This mysterious rock ( Djinn block) stands guard in front of the entrace to the Siq.
The Siq was created once by tectonic forces which tore apart a single huge rock. On the left side you can see the carved out channel of the water way.
Part of a statue of an Nabatean trader with his camel.

The carved out tomb for the Nabatean king Aretas III (100 BC) with its Hellenistic facade is a masterpiece of craftsmanship.

There are about 500 registerd tombs in Petra. 2 major earthquakes (4th and 6th century) destroyed the city of Petra. Bedouine tribes used the site for centuries and could keep it a secret until the beginning of the 19th century.
The Romans also left their footprints in the city by building many public buildings.

This typical Bedouine music instrument is the forerunner of the violine.

Theater carved out of the red lime stone seating 3000 people.

Many Bedouines live from offering camel and donkey rides. I decided to walk the path to the monastery. My left side of the body was still hurting from the fall the day before and also I lost trust in the camel.

Path up to the monastery

High up in the cliffs stands the monumental tomb called Monastery. The crosses inside are indicators that it was once used as a Byzantine church.


From the highest point one could see into Palestinien and Israel territory.

Wadi Rum and the Camel Adventure



img_2071Wadi Rum is located at the southern part of Jordan near the Red Sea.  It is famous for its magnificent desert landscape with red rock formations and narrow canyons called Siqs. Over 30 000 petroglyphs decorate the red sandstone cliffs, a place inhabited by humans since prehistoric times. About 5000 Bedouins live now in this area, sharing their traditional life with the tourists visiting their camps.

 

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Instead of hiking, we used a 4WD Toyota Pick up Truck to discover the area. A 25 year old Bedouin was driving it.  It was an adventure by itself, as he was driving through the deep, red sand with an incredible speed.

 

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Wadi Rum is blessed with many wells and water holes in the rocks, which makes life in the extreme summer heat  possible.

 

img_9447Entrance of a narrow Siq in Wadi Rum

Walking through deep sand is like walking through deep snow – slow and exhausting.  It was great to have tea every so often  in the Bedouine tents.

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This photo is of Mohammed Mutlak Camp, where we stayed overnight. Despite sitting with the Bedouines beside the fire pit and smoking Shisha, we ate the traditional Bedouine barbecue called zerb. It is food cooked in an oven buried in sand.

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Zarb, the traditional Bedouine food.

The next morning, I decided to ride on a camel back to the village. It was supposed to be a 2 hour ride. One of the camels just recently won  the race of all the camels in Wadi Rum.

 

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The race camel was supposed to stay in the camp, but the group of camels did not want to be separated. Two strong men where holding the camel back when the little boy (maybe  10 years old) and I were riding out of the camp. Only after several meters, my camel made a wild jump and threw me out of the saddle.  I was falling into the soft sand,  just an inch away from a large rock. I was increadible thankful for that soft landing.

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