We will soon start the PADI Advanced Open Water Course at Aqaba Adventure Divers (AAD). Last night, we were treated to a traditional Bedouin dinner. All the mattresses, pillows and camel saddles were laid out near the pool with a large table containing the fire placed in the middle of the square of mattresses. Only the men sit around the fire, with the women sitting at the tables and chairs about 10 metres away. The meal was swordfish with rice and pine nuts - it was absolutely brilliant! But we had eaten a similar dish with lamb with the AAD crew earlier that afternoon! The food is served in large platters (like mensaf) and everyone sits or kneels around the platter (which is placed on a low table). The freaky thing is that everyone eats with their hands or a spoon from the communal platter. Earlier, before the main meal, we had a large platter of fruit with bananas, parsomins, guavas, mandarins, and apples.
Dr Michael de Percy is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Canberra, Academic Fellow of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
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