Petra - City of Stone
Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
29Trip End Feb 15, 2011
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The drive out through the desert was pretty cool, and when we finally arrived, we weren’t disappointed
Most of the guides for this area say you need up to 4 or 5 days to fully explore Petra, but we decided to do as much as possible in the 6 hours we had available. We walked and walked and walked. (Lee: In the last blog I said that cities don't hold much magic for me. But this was a city carved entirely out of the cliffs. It was truly awe-inspiring. My head was spinning like a top. I kept thinking "How did they do that over 2,000 years ago when I doubt we could recreate it today with all our technology?")
Then, upon discovering that the Monastery (a site we really wanted to see) was over 1,200 steps up and over a mountain, Lee decided it was time to invest in some transport. After some haggling (Lee: I got ripped - worst haggler ever!), he walked away with two donkeys! My donkey’s name was Monica, looked more like a horse than a donkey and was still being broken in
After a late drive back to our hotel, we decided our legs could only carry us about 50 metres more before they would entirely collapse. Given that we didn’t have our donkeys with us anymore, this left us with Pizza Hut as the only option for dinner. BIG MISTAKE. Let’s just say we have developed a really close relationship with the bathroom over the last 24 hours, and today, rather than seeing the rest of the city, we have seen our hotel! In a few hours, at 1:00am tonight, we board a Royal Jordanian flight to Hong Kong for a very brief stopover before travelling to Vietnam. Given our condition, it should be an interesting 12 hour flight!
(Lee: A few hours ago I was thinking that nothing could be worth the pain of seven hours on a bus and then food poisoning, but now that I'm getting a bit better I can say that Petra was worth it. Totally. Double thumbs up! Check the pics!)