Travel tip 5: invest in a cheap pack of ...

Trip Start Jun 01, 2002
Trip End Sep 11, 2007

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Saturday, September 21, 2002

Travel Tip 5: Invest in a cheap pack of cigarettes and hand them out to Police and guards and you will be suprised what you can get into, climb and get for free!!!

I know it is cliche but this time I really have seen the highlight of my trip (so far).... Petra and especially the Treasury building... this whole undiscovered and unexplored city is absoultey amazing... to say the very least.

You cannot go into the area without the Indiana Jones scene running through your head (if you have not seen it do yourself a favour), and as you round each corner of the Siq (gorge) you think it is going to appear and then when you least expect it - there it is. Gigantic is an understatement of these buildings that have been carved into the walls of sheer cliff faces. Spent the whole day from 9am until 6pm just wondering around aimlessly. Have got another 2 days of doing exactly the same thing. Am travelling with another UK couple and a lady from Holland and tomorrows plan is to get there by about 4am and climb the mountain above the treasury and watch sunrise.... cannot wait!!!

As for Jordan what an amazing and friendly place, the people are just great... but an adventure would not be an adventure without some things going wrong of course,.. From Dahab (remember the beach and snorkelling) - well what we thought was a noon ferry across to Jordan turned out to be 3pm and to make matters worse they only accepted US dollars for the cost - luckily I had 33 left on me which was a complete suprise... So just kicked back and learnt how to play Backgammon in 2 hours and then on to the Ferry. Sleep was in order of that 3 hour trip.

As we entered the port of Aquba, I saw something which many people do not get to see - Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabi all in one view!! Thought that was pretty cool! So off the Ferry to collect our passports that we HAD to hand over (equals nervous). Now this is where it gets funny, one of the locals decided to pinch one of the girls on the bum, after complaints, shouts in Arabic and English - the Police came and arrested the guy (supposedly trouble with Tourists is a very big no no in Jordan). So while the paperwork was created - I sat there with a couple of others and just laughed at the locals being brought in and questioned in for everything and anything - if only I had a video camera. As for our criminal, the girl was given the opportunity to put him away for 7 years,.... I kid you not - the coppers were so serious about it. Of course she did not do that but it blow us away how protective they are on tourists. To give you an idea in the last 2 years numbers to Petra have dropped from 2000+ a day to currently 50+ a day... In short bad for Jordan great for an Australian travelling around trying to get photos without Tourists in them....

So after our police episode and a negogation of a taxi to Petra (150) we are on our way and again sleep was in order. I think he only killed us twice with his driving... 7 lives to go. Of course the taximan wanted to make us stay with his friend who was rude and in short an arsehole... so after trying every excuse in the book of the car is broken to you have to stay here and apologising, I threaten the taxi driver to take us somewhere else or he would not see any of his money for the trip up here.... the taxi driver got in the car and took us somewhere else.... funny about that !

So as 1am hit, found a nice bed to settle in. So a very adventures 24 hours and after kicking back at Dahab and the beach, the travel bug is back and I am ready to hit the road again. From Petra heading to Wadi Rum and then will hitch to Aman up the Dessert Highway for something different.

On a final note - I understand the Mapies have made the Grand Final. I would like someone to put a warning out to the main UK Hospital because I have a feeling there could be an Australian becoming an inpatient a after the game.... CARN THE PIES!!!!

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