From the Capital Amman to the Wadi Al-Mujibe Canyon, Castle of Karak, Shobak Castle, and the popular Petra in Wadi Musa
25.03.2010 - 28.03.2010 16 °C
First of all, yes the rumours are true - Jordians are so helpful and extremely nice!
I was really relieved to arrive at the Airport in Amman last Tuesday as the flight was extremely shaky when we were near to Amman. There was a sand storm that we could even observe from the air. What first seemed exciting soon got uncomfortable as we really had to keep on to the handles and people in the row behind me started being sick.. BUT, after 2 or 3 attemps we arrived safe and sound as the sand storm had moved away.
Downtown Amman is really busy and chaotic and as a European solo traveller I got quite some attention, especially from the shop owners. I kept hearing phrases like "Welcome, welcome", "Foreign girl, where are u from?", "Welcome to Jordan", "Good morning, I love you" etc haha. In downtown Amman 99% of the people are tradionally dressed. Culture shock guaranteed..
The next day I also went to see other parts of Amman where people lived more modern. In the city it is really easy to get to know locals - I even went to a shisha-cafe with 2 of them, which was great as they could tell me a lot about their country. And they showed me places that I'd otherwise never seen.
Thursday I travelled to Petra with a group of people and we stopped on the way for a view on the canyon of Wadi Al-Mujibe, and visiting the Castles Karak and Shobak.
The first day in Petra was great, I saw the big sights (Treasury, high point of sacrifice, main theater, tunnel etc..) that also appear in the Indiana Jones movies. And with a group of Isrealis + 1 American girl that I had met at the hostel, we did a long exhausting off-trail hike where we didn't have to handle with all the touristic sites. In Petra we also spoke with the Beduins that work there (selling souvenirs, cleaning, offering horse- or camel-rides). 25 Years ago the government bought Petra, hence the Beduins that used to live in the caves were offered a house in Wadi Musa. However, as there were not enough accommodation, some of the Beduins still live in the caves of Petra.
The second day in Petra was very rainy so I only stayed in Petra until mid-day (not before getting offered a free horse ride:D). In the afternoon I visited a Turkish bath for the very first time - and left veery relaaaxed.
The evening really saved the bad-weather day. The owner of the Turkish Bath invited me to join him and his cousin for a real Beduine-meal in a cave near little Petra. Wow - the food was great and the setting even better. Beautiful sunset out of civilization + candles to light the cave. I bet not many tourists got to see that!
Now, I'm back in Amman awaiting an original Humus dinner hmm..
Hope you all had a nice weekend!!