Arriving to Jordan is an Adventure in itself.This was my first time in a Muslim country and I hadn’t yet adjusted to the colours and sights of the desert-like landscape before me. I was taken aback by the amount of toothy smiles that kept coming my way, for I had prepared myself for inquisitive stares when in reality I had received bouquets of “Welcome". I had positioned myself in the first row of the tour bus so that I could chat up our tour guide. He eagerly answered all my questions and paid no mind to my haphazard, over-enthusiastic pointing. My first day consisted of traveling to marvellous places, like Jerash, and ended at a phenomenal Bedouin camp, Seven Wonders. The camp immediately took my breath away. Located in Little Petra, Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp is a quaint place that plays up the natural beauty of the area. We had arrived at night, therefore the rocky sandstone and mountainous backdrop was illuminated by candle-like lights. I was in an Arabian oasis.
The main reason to travel to Jordan: Petra.Day two was all about Petra, the magnificent World’s Wonder also known as the ‘Rose City’. We arrived there at around 8 AM, the whole group wanted to make sure we had the entire day to explore. My heart rate began to accelerate as soon as I got past the Visitor's Centre. I was greeted with animals and somewhat narrow walkways coloured by the deser's sand. I walked past doorways that mimicked Greek, Roman, and even Egyptian architecture. My mind raced with questions, “How could a group of nomads manage to build an entire city within a mountain range?” “Who are these brilliant people?” “Was this city as spectacular to them as it is to us now?” I couldn’t help but stare in awe at the marvellous structures before me.
Travel to Jordan to discover your inner child.As I wandered onward, tears began to stream down my face and I became overjoyed and overwhelmed. There were etchings dedicated to pagan gods, fortified walls built in case of flash floods, and even a waterway designed to allow water to run through the main areas of the city before reaching a reservoir. Inspiration pulsated through me and I hadn't even made it to Treasury yet. As soon as I got to the famous sight I felt my knees buckle. I looked up in child-like wonder before the magnificent facade and knew that it would only get better. My journey had begun, it was playtime.
Petra is More than the Treasury, it’s a city of Marvels.The Nabateans built a city fit for 30,000 people fully equipped with temples, an amphitheatre, bedrooms, and a church. As I admired the details around me I began to imagine what life was like for these genuis people. I imaged humans gathering and sitting along the stadiums stunning stairs, stepping all over the mosaic floors, and hiding from the shade while admiring natures perfect patterns on display among the rock walls. I would float in and out of a dream-like state vacilating between here now and there then. As I continued to walk, I noticed the children that sped past me bartering in perfect English as men with charcoal eyes led donkeys and camels to their next destination. The city was both quiet and electric. It was in this moment that I understood the beauty and brilliance behind human design. This is where art and history collide, and the importance of travel becomes evident. I hiked two of the three main trails and felt the urgent need to take in as much as possible. I stared at valleys, spoke to Bedouins, climbed rocks, and basked in the glory of Petra’s magic as the hours continued to melt away.
If there was ever any reason to visit Jordan, Petra is it.I left Jordan feeling as if I had connected with a part of myself I had never known. Remember that twisted and colourful path I mentioned before? Jordan had it. I learned to open my mind and accept that our ‘modernism’ is just that, a category. Human history is full and brimming with divinity. Cultures before us have achieved the extra ordinary. It is only through witnessing these accomplishments that we can humble ourselves and come to understand that we are a part of a never-ending system of creation. If you're interested in life-altering experiences, you've come to the right place. Wildthentic.com is where you will find tons of adventures like the one described above. Live now, and live well.
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