|Riding on horseback into the hidden city of Petra was the absolute highlight of our trip to Jordan|
|Crossing the River Jordan into Jordan from Israel took over 2 hours!|
|Hanging around at the border between Israel and Jordan|
On Monday morning we were up early for a tour of the city which was actually only the Roman Citadel where we saw more ruins.
|Dressed and ready to go and visit Petra with our lovely Bedouin guide Okalla. We looked more like locals than he did!|
|Our wonderful donkey guides, Bedouins from Petra. Hatta on the right in dark clothing is married to an Italian woman.|
We left Petra and drove out of Wadi Musa to see Beida or what is known as Little Petra, a caravan stopping place of the Nabateans. Once again we dressed the part and mixed with the local Bedouins on our visit. They loved Eladio’s dressing like them which I think actually quite surprised them in a positive way and they were very happy to be photographed.
|Eladio with a newly found Arab friend at Beida, Little Petra. The locals loved his dressing up. Me too.|
|Climbing up to the "VIP lounge" at the old Caravan passing place of Beida (Little Petra). My dear Bedouin guide called me an "oldie but goldie" which had me in stitches.|
|Eladio with Hamed our Bedouin driver in the Wadi Rum desert, a great chap.|
We went down a couple of steep dunes which added to the excitement. At one point we stopped and Hamed and Soufian picked some dry sticks and lit a fire upon which they made some tea of course. It was great driving through the immense area with no buildings, just the odd camel, and to feel the hot air on your skin. Eladio had trouble with his headgear which Hamed had to fix for him but my headscarf stayed fixed to my head ever since the morning.
|Aqaba on the Red Sea, Jordan's only access to the sea. Surrounded by Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.|
|You see photos of the late King Hussein and the present King Abdullah absolutely everywhere in Jordan.|
|The Jordanian flag flies in every corner of the country. This is the one in Amman, the biggest flag in the world or so they say.|
You see people dressed in both Arab and Western clothes. I would say, from what I have seen, that women in general cover their bodies and heads a lot, more than those who don't, but very few cover their faces. You see many Jordanians with blue eyes, something strange in this part of the world and of course the reason is the Ottoman and British heritage when apparently these invaders or "protectors" married the locals. There is segregation of sexes in the schools and homosexuality is a crime. So it’s funny to see men kissing cheeks in the street when they meet or holding hands of which there was much evidence of. Gambling, by the way, is also prohibited.