The weekend I was 5KM from Saudi Arabia
Trip Start Jun 27, 2011
20Trip End Sep 04, 2011
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The weekends here are Friday and Saturday. This past weekend, my first weekend in Jordan, I traveled with some friends to Petra and on to Aqaba. It was an awesome trip. We woke up at 6am Friday morning and hopped on a JETT bus for a 3 hour ride to Petra
Once in Aqaba we all realized we had barely eaten all day and were starving. We went to Jafra restaurant and had a delicious Jordanian meal with fantastic service. I discovered my new favorite drink --lemon wa na-a---it is lemon juice, cane sugar and lots and lots of ground fresh mint. After dinner we went to the Bedouin Garden Village Hotel which is about 5KM from Saudi Arabia where we slept on a rooftop under the stars. It was fantastic, although a little chilly once the sun went down. The next morning we definitely looked like travelers---sleepily walking in to the communal toilets (that doubled as showers?) in the same clothes we arrived in the night before that were wrinkled from sleeping in them.
After breakfast at Ali Baba we hit up the Red Sea for some swimming! All of the women on the beach were wearing hijab and some even niqab..thawb with a keffiyeh. It is law for women in Saudi to wear a hijab and many also wear a niqab.
After our swim we hopped on a JETT bus for a 4 hour ride back to Amman...we were all layered in salt, sand and sweat and happy to be heading home. I've attached some pictures from the weekend---although my new friend Ben took many many more and I hope to attach some of them soon.
I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!!