Travel tip 11: when finding a place to stay ...

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

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Travel Tip 11: When finding a place to stay in a new hotel, take bearings of where the hotel is. This will make it much easier to find on your way back after aimlessly wondering the streets!

Straight from Petra to Wadi Rum with a taxi driver who is built like a brick, with tattoos over his arms singing with all mighty and determination to Celiene Dion! Now that is what I call funny! With no real plans except the plan to sleep another night under the stars - David, Catherine and I arrive at Wadi Rum expecting to bombarded with touts for certain trips. But no - quite relaxed in fact we had to go to the Vistors station and ask all the questions.

After chatting to a few we end up with a 3 hour jeep safari (driven by an 8 year old..... no joke!) and then to a Bedioun camp for a sunset and a night under the stars! The tour was very interesting, taken to different spots around the dessert sitting in the back of an old Toyota Landcruiser being thrown around was half the fun.

As we were on a budget we decided to opt for no dinner and just a cheap trip out - but once we heard that Roast Chicken and Fresh Veggies were being served - we coughed up the extra couple of Dinar's to enjoy a feast! Still got a bargin compared to the others.

Now in my time on the road I have seen some sunsets but this one takes the cake. With just enough scattered clouds to increase the intensity of the colours and watching the mountains (Jebel) and the dessert floor change colours from Rose Red to purples and Deep Browns before my very own eyes was quite amazing. Being able to see the Desserts of Jordan, the dessert of Saraha and the Desserts of Nambia all in one trip really makes me appreciate the dessert!!

So as I hit the sack in an isolated spot by myself with my trustee sleeping bag and no city lights to get in the way of stargazing. I slowly doze into a sleep with the confidence that I will not be woken up by any police... this time. As the moon rises above the mountain skyline and lights up the campsite (again) - I take my t-shirt and cover my eyes so I can try and get some sleep! Talk about inconsiderate!

As the sunrises and the 10 flies decide to invade both nostrils and ears at exactly at the same time I am awake! The moon still high in the sky and the sun now on the rise - a great way to wake up! No complaints from me on this side of the world!

With a very adventurous jeep ride back to the main camp, through the dessert, kicking up sand and no cares in the world (ok one care, that he does not roll the god damn jeep!) we arrive back to somewhat normality and the completion of another adventure...

So after a 5 hour bus trip from Aquba, I arrive in Amman with no guidebook and no knowledge of the city, with my broken English and crapper Arabic I find myself checked into a dodgy hotel on the rooftop (cause it is cheap!) and spent the rest of the afternoon in a Roman Ampithetre (please not I will buying land and building one in Melbourne when I get back).

Until next time (could be in old London town watching the Magpies beat Brisbane)

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