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Wadi Rum Beduin Camp

Disi, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Jordan
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Monolithic

I spent four very full days in Jordan where a friend and I rushed around the country to see the major sites of our choosing.
We spent a long and lost day driving our gutless rental car from the Dead Sea to Wadi Rum; arriving in the dark and hoping to find a hospitable group of Bedouins to take us out camping.
We found a nice enough multinational group of folks ready to head out for the night at the Visitor's Centre, drove out into the night, and had dinner and drank tea over a campfire before crawling into our scratchy and cold tents for the night.
The uncomfortable and chilly night was made worthwhile in the morning, though. We peeked out of the white flaps of our tents and saw what we could not see in the dark the night before--the massive monoliths of Wadi Rum in the morning light. Our tents were parked up against a monstrous orange wall and we had an amazing view across the Wadi to other rock faces.
This place deserves several days to hike, ride camel, hot air balloon over, or photograph. Unfortunately, we had to break camp and be on our way to Petra the next morning.
I hope to return to Jordan; an amazing country with the friendliest and most helpful people I have encountered!

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No shoes

At one point in a jeep tour across the Wadi Rum (site to site, T.E. Lawrence's house, petroglyphs, a spring where camels drink, and so forth), our guide pointed to large red dunes and suggested taking off shoes. So many parts of the tour felt more like sailing than driving. The light sand, blowing at my feet, made me feel like I was swimming more than walking. The wide desert gave me the same big-chest feeling that pounding waves do.
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cowboys of the desert

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Our guide half-bragged that he had never seen the movie Lawrence of Arabia all the way through ("I am busy, being in the desert--I am Bedouin!"), even though electricity and internet are fully available back at the Rum Village, where many live now.

Still, I heard other guides teasing ours about his clunky jeep. Its peeling paint, make-shift sunshade (a blanket), and bald tires added to the charm of our tour, in my book.

I asked for a story, or folk tale, around the camp fire. Our host struggled to offer one. Finally he offered an anecdote about a camel ride gone wrong. Occasional cultural texts struck me--like the bumper sticker on the jeep. I'm still curious to learn more about the Bedouin of Jordan's Wadi Rum.
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