Tobya Boutique Hotel
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... the bus in Nuweiba, we did pick up another non-local there.
His name was Hyeok Jin Kown and he came from South Korea. Like me, he was 30 years old (though 32 in Korean years, as he explained: you turn 1 the day you are born, and all Koreans age a year every 1st of January) and making a trip around the world. And like me, he would be taking the boat to Aqaba today. We formed an instant bond.
Together we worked out where to go to buy ...
... of the Moon. It is also known as the romance of the desert. The landscape was spectacular with valleys and towering sandstone mountains rising out of the sand.
Wadi Rum is home to several Bedouin tribes who live in scattered camps throughout the area. The film, Lawrence of Arabia was shot on location.
Again, we saw many camels, sheep, etc. Once we arrived we were split up in small groups to go on 4 x 4's to take us to ...
... the beach 50 metres away from the hotel.
Alberto and Olga had made there way down to Aqaba and were staying in the hostel next door. We ran into them and suggested it would be cool to all have dinner together. Considering the dust storm (that was by now covering everything and even getting into your ears and eyes...), we chose the most protected hostel amongst the three options and tucked in to a delicious ...
... the only group aware of Petra until Europeans rediscovered it just two centuries ago. In 1812, the Swiss explorer Johannes Burkhardt, disguised as an Arab scholar, convinced a Bedouin guide to help him infiltrate the lost city.
Our tour began with a picturesque two-hour drive on the Desert Highway or Southern Highway through the arid desert to Petra. Shortly after leaving Aqaba, we could see the area where ...
... around a tractor and an old women walking on the other shoulder as we carrened down the road. This was a little hair raising, the only thing missing was a bus full of orphans and a cart full of fruit to plow in to. We narrowly missed the tanker, the old women narrowly escapes with her life and the cabbie gets back on the gas pedal. We were so elated, we were still in time to catch the ferry! In fact we had plenty of time since the ferry didn't really leave ...