Orchid Reef Hotel
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... All this, due to 'changes to the system'.
After we had been made legal, we caught the bus to our hotel for the night in beautiful Aqaba, Jordan's only coastal city situated at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea. Our time here was short lived, we had a quick walking tour of the city, ate Shawerma's for dinner and called an early night in preparation for tomorrows journey following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia to the desert of Wadi ...
... Done a big loop). But disaster struck again. Pulled off the highway to bush camp and immediately got stuck in the sand. Once again the rear back axel wheels took the weight and the drive wheels just spun.
Solution - No, don't take the back wheels off, tie the axel up etc. This time it was "get the sand mats out." But they don't work if you want to go backwards of course!!!!!! All that happened was our driver pulled a muscle ...
This morning we arrived in Aqaba Jordan.
We hadn't heard very much about this place so didn't know what to expect.
Well what a shock to the system.
We berthed amidst bare brown mountain ranges & brown buildings.
The ship provided free shuttles into the city so we decided to go.
It was a 15 minute ride to the park in town.
When you were trying to get out of the bus the taxi drivers were there offering a good ...
... desert and enjoyed talking to people from our group. We ended up at the Bedouin camp called sunset camp at about 3pm and was offered a cup of tea. We got talking to Watik who ran the camp and Fraser and him got on really well. So well Fraser tried to sell me off for 250 camels! Watik thought it was funny but didn't say no. There was a lot of confusion about how to say some words and what they meant. One being Qatar ...
... of his camels. We whooped at the echoing jebels and learned random Arabic words – for ‘crow’ (gurrap), ‘mouse’ (farrah) and ‘snake’ (cannot remember). The rest of us sang the Magnificent Seven and (of course) Lawrence of Arabia themes and, for some reason known only to Heather, Hotel California…