This morning I woke to a pale blue sky, a cool desert breeze and red sand stretching as far as my little eyes could see.
For a moment, between sleep and the new day, I thought I was dreaming. But my mind came around to my thin mattress on the still-warm sand and the camels plodding past.
Our night in the Bedouin style camp was, in equal parts, peaceful and exciting, delivering little bursts of happiness into my travel-soothed soul.
After a three hour safari on the back of a scrappy Hilux ute (during which we stopped to climb sand dunes, stone bridges and into canyons) we arrived to a coal-cooked meal of vegetables, lamb kofta and rice. The Bedouin men sat by the fire playing a mixture of local and foreign tunes on their strings; their clear, strong voices bouncing from the rocky hills that lay beyond the light.
As always, camping reminded me of childhood, but Wadi Rum seemed a world away from my humble home ground in Australia, and a childlike wonder overcame my reminiscing mind.
Falling asleep under the desert night, admiring the stars that pierced the blackness and the comet that streaked the sky, I was undone with a fit of the giggles before falling into a deep slumber.
Read more about my Jordanian Adventures at https://nicfreeman.com/2010/10/06/jordanian-adventures/
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Beautiful dramatic photos.
Thanks Sandra. It’s a beautiful dramatic landscape that can’t help but translate to the frame. Thanks for reading.
That photo is so beautiful. Enjoy your travels!
Woop, Wadi Rum! Happy memories with you Nic!! (Ruth)
That was definitely a highlight, although our trip through the Middle East offered so many amazing experiences, it is hard to pick favourites. Thanks for being a great travel buddy LuckyTortoise 🙂
Beautiful. Sounds very peaceful and mesmerizing
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