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Published: November 21st 2006
The Treasury from the Siq exit
Here I am in Petra finally - the site of Indiana Jones fame.
It all starts with an 800m ride on an old, grumpy and smelly nag to the entrance of the Siq (canyon). Then it's a leisurely stroll down the 1.2km Siq until you arrive at the most well known wonder of wonders - the Treasury.
But it doesn't stop there. Further along there are countless edifices and tombs carved into the rockface. The Bedouin people used to live in the caves until they were moved out to a nearby town in recent years. I'll let the pikkies speak for themselves.
Next destination was Wadi Rum, where we did a jeep safari into the Jordanian desert and camped overnight in a Bedouin tent. This was "Lawrence of Arabia" country, where he made his unexpected tactical manoeuvre of taking Aqaba from behind. They also shot some of the movie scenes here. The desert colours were spectacular.
That night the booze flowed freely to celebrate Will's birthday. Young Will (36) decided to entertain us by dropping his dacks and mooning us, giving a speech and thanking his colleagues at some random software company he used to work at,
and then proceeding to get totally paralytic and ending the night by lying in his own vomit. The most hilarious night ever.
Whilst I've had a great time in Jordan, it would not be my first choice for a return destination.
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