Thursday, June 3, 2010

Arabian Flights in Wadi Rum

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Wadi Rum (The Valley of the Moon) is a valley cut in between sandstone and granite rock formations. It's located in the desert at the southern end of Jordon. It's more than worth going out and spending a night at a campsite and taking in all the stars and open space. I went out there with friends for small overnight camp-outs and I also went with friends for a night of food, dancing and singing. It gets cold after the sun sets so I was glad I brought a jacket. Beautiful Jordan.

If you're interested in a desert tour please visit this website for South Jordan Sojourn. I can guarantee you'll have a blast going out to the desert with my great friend Alena. She's loads of fun and she knows all the locals.

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The camps are all various sizes, this one was large but they are seldom full. Inside the main area there are long tables set up for eating. For cooking, the food is placed in a huge pot then buried in the sand with hot coals. The food was fantastic. Fresh salad, chicken, all sorts of specialties. A couple had just been married and they were dressed in their traditional garb. After everybody had eaten, the music and dancing started. BYOB

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Wahamon from Syria, our music maker on the oud, and Mohammed from Qatar smoking his sheesha.

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Pics of other camp sites around the area. One night I was sleeping in the desert and I woke up the next day beside a small piece of goat leg. Eeew. It was too dark to see at the time.

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We visited a Moroccan family that didn't live too far from Wadi Rum and this is your typical Jordanian decor. I didn't notice any plastic flowers though.

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