- But from the rock as if by magic grown,
- Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,
- Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,
- But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,
- The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,
- match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,
- John William Burgon
Having travelers as your constant companions help a lot! I kept hearing "Petra" and how amazing it was from other people who've already been there, so I managed to sneak it into my schedule before leaving for the UK.
So, from Tel Aviv, my friend, Christina, and I took a 5 hour bus ride south to Eilat. That's where you cross the border from Israel to Jordan (the easiest one at least). We spent the night in Eilat, and woke up early to deal with the border crossing in the morning.
Throughout my travels, I've met a few people who have hitchhiked their way from place to place, and my usual reaction is a disapproving "ts tsk". Most of them are men. If I meet a woman who hitchhikes, my reaction is a severe gasp with a dramatic "<Insert name of female here>???!!!???"
It's just that - it's common knowledge that if you hitchhiked in the States, there is a statistical probability that you will end up in a duffel bag... and I NEVER take those kinds of risks. I don't want to end this journey on this Earth just yet.
But apparently... in Israel, and in Jordan, hitchhiking is an accepted form of transportation. Most, if not all of the female travelers I've met in Israel claim to have hitchhiked more than once, and they've all had pretty good experiences.
When Christina suggested that we hitchhike our way to the border from our hotel to save some cash, I had my reservations, but I have to admit, I was mildly curious. It would be another "FIRST" for me.
And so THIS happened.
PETRAAll I really know (and really NEED to know) about Petra is that it is an ancient archaeological city, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was considered the 7th Wonder of the World, and it was featured in the movie, Indiana Jones.
Honestly, after setting foot in it, I understood why. I was in absolute awe.
I don't know, man. I don't want to sound corny or trite by bombarding this post with superlatives (even if I really want to)...
Just know this: Petra is probably one of the most MAGICAL places I have ever seen. It definitely should be on YOUR list of places to visit before you die. Paying 55 Jordanian Dollars to enter and explore Petra for 2 days is TOTALLY worth it. And I consider myself so lucky... SOOO LUCKY, to have been able to see and experience Petra in this lifetime. Petra is absolutely, breathtakingly, incredible.
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