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Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum March 29th 2014

Matt and I slept in a little and got a good breakfast at our hotel (Century Park). We were able to get on the road around 9am and headed south towards Wadi Rum. Yep. It was pretty much all desert on the way there - I drove the whole way and it was nice to have a road trip without too many crazies trying to kill me. We took the Desert Highway down, which was not in the best condition and had speedbumps that came seemingly out of nowhere. However, I became an expert in recognizing and expecting them - generally at the edges of town. Generally the ride was desert, but as you approach the Wadi Rum area, you come across a spectacular view of the valley below. We were a little lost when we ... read more
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Bait Ali Camp
Choo-choo-train sign

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum December 14th 2013

Hello my fellow travelers! Todays great desert adventure is done and let me tell you, it was good! The cold front still holds its icy grip here though so I can promise you that it was very cold riding on top of a jeep, even when driving through the canyons at a leisure pace! Anyway, we started this day by trying out the breakfast buffet at the hotel, it didn't really float mine nor Marcus boat so to say but did it's job anyway. Then we went to the bus station to catch the bus to Wadi Rum. We had checked the day before and we also confirmed at the station house that the bus would go. When we got there a cab driver told us it wasn't coming though since it was a holiday and ... read more
Jumping Sand Dunes
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Our Guide & Ride

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum October 19th 2013

Today, we had an entire day in the Wadi Rum desert. The Wadi Rum is almost a big playground; there are much rocks, and sand dunes which you can climb on. And that, covered in great scenery of orange-brown rocks, and red-orange sand. I never was in a desert before, and yesterday during the walk to our camp, I’ve had a preview. The sights that I had were beautiful, but today I really shall discover the desert and its beauty. But first, I had a cliffhanger yesterday. How was my first night in the desert, as wrote in the previous report? Well, here it goes… We discussed yesterday night who wanted to sleep outdoors, and who in the tent. We all got one mat, and you had to put your sleeping bag over it. There were ... read more
Trekking in the Wadi Rum
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Me in Wadi Rum.

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum October 18th 2013

I never was into a desert before, so how would it be to stay in "the middle of nowhere", between sand (dunes), the silence, the heat and the wind? And how would it be to sleep under the stars? And how is it to live like a (Jordan) Bedouin? Today, it was the day that I visited the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan and stay in a Bedouin camp. But first, we spend the morning in Wadi Musa. You could stay in the hotel, visit the town of Wadi Musa, or book one of the two optional excursions. During my booking, I've booked one excursion, the horse riding excursion in Wadi Musa. We should be picked up by taxis at 9 am. If you choice to do the other excursion, where you could visit "The High ... read more
Horse riding
Horse riding
The view of Wadi Arabia

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum October 10th 2013

October 10, 2013 The time had now come for one of the sights I was most looking forward to: Wadi Rum desert and the land of Lawrence of Arabia...as mentioned I fell in love with the desert while in Morocco, so was really keen to get into another one and start exploring...and throw in the history and exploits of T.E.Lawrence and I couldn't wait to get going... Took an early bus from Petra and made it to the visitor's centre in Wadi Rum by 8:30am where we were promptly met by Rum Stars tour group, our hosts for the day and night's adventures...after the customary mint tea at their office we met our guide for the day, Mohammed, and then discovered it was just K and I on the tour...perfect! So we threw our gear and ... read more
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Rock Bridge
Sunset at Wadi Rum II

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Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum May 18th 2013

After three days of sailing up the Red Sea we arrived in Aqaba, Jordan. The city was filled with half a million tourists celebrating a local holiday. It was a good day to head out of town to the desert. Yazeed was our Jordanian guide. He is a Muslim who was educated in Britain and is married to a Spanish Catholic woman and has some very interesting ideas about the Middle East. He calls the Arab Spring the Arab Hell because of the instability it has brought to this area of the world. Jordan is being inundated with Syrian refugees fleeing the violence of their homeland. The numbers are reaching about 2000 a day. Yazeed says that Jordan is surrounded by “naughty neighbors” who are always causing a ruckus. We passed Bedouin herders tending to their ... read more
THE SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM
BEDOUIN CAMP IN THE SIQ
BROOKS MOUNTS 'EM UP

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum May 5th 2013

After leaving the imposing site of Petra, we got back on our bus and traveled to Wadi-Rum. It is a journey to another world. A desert of breathtaking scenery with uniquely shaped massive mountains. It is a silent, empty place, timeless and starkly beautiful…albeit quite a dusty trip. After entering the visitor’s center, we climbed onto 4x4’s to explore Wadi-Rum. Our first glimpse of the Wadi (the Arabic word for valley), we saw the towering “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. It is a mountain at the entrance to the Wadi which was the inspiration for T.E. Lawrence’s book of the same name. During WWI, Wadi-Rum was the headquarters for Prince Feisal bin Al-Hussein and T.E. Lawrence in their fight for the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. It was this setting that inspired the film, “Lawrence of ... read more
T and T in Wadi-Rum
Wadi-Rum is a protected area
Visitors Center

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum May 2nd 2013

Its difficult to go back and write about my previous travels when I am still on the road, especially when the countries are so different. However, I know if I procrastinate until I am home I will forget even more detail than I have already and might even decide I'm too caught up with life to sit down and write. We were only in Jordan for five or six days. It went by way too fast. We arrived at the port in Aqaba late at night so were given most of the next morning free. My mom and I decided to go for a walk around and stretch our legs a bit after being confined in a seat for so long the previous day. After Egypt, Jordan seemed quiet and peaceful. I'm sure there was still ... read more
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little petra
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Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum January 29th 2013

We had a very lazy morning today. We slept in a bit and then went down to breakfast where we were able to pick and choose from a breakfast buffet. It was windy and overcast outside - there were white caps on the Dead Sea - so we spent a couple of hours in our room bringing the travel diary/blog up-to-date while we had really good internet access. Ahmad met us in the foyer at noon and we set off for Wadi Rum. Wadi is Arabic for 'valley' so Rum Valley. The weather was dreadful as we drove back to Amman to pick up the Desert Highway. In fact, when it reached the point where the fog reduced visibility to just a couple of metres, I dozed off! Well, there was nothing to see was there?! ... read more
Wide Seven Pillars
Camel Crossing
Camel Call

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum December 12th 2012

Israel After a short and – let's say interesting – experience in the Israeli kibbutz, I packed my bags and got out of there as fast as I could. I don't want to go into too much detail, but the particular job I had to do was borderlining with slavery and I didn't come to Israel to milk cows for 10 hours a day. And because I was in the country on a volunteer visa (which got cancelled), I had about 48 hours to leave the country. And as I conveniently booked a flight from Amman to Bangkok in Februrary, I decided to spend 10 weeks in a real Middle Eastern country: Jordan. Thanks to HelpX, I had already arranged a place to volunteer in Wadi Rum. So I went down to Eilat and crossed the ... read more
Bedouin desert guide
Camel
A Bedouin writing my name in th sand




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