Jordan Middle East Travel Changing the Soul Part 6
After spending a few hours with my guide he handed me a map and I started to make my way to the Monastery on my own. A young man offered me half of his falafel and then accompanied me up the steps to the monastery.
Now I’ve gone many places and so I know when someone in an area offers to help you they usually want money for it. Which is fine however sometimes this turns into being less than fine, specifically when they want to become too hands on, however I handled that accordingly so while the whole encounter wasn’t ruined it did somewhat put a damper on my thoughts of accepting the help of a guide that isn’t pre-arranged.
However in the mean time we offered the merchants along the way a good laugh. I felt bad for the donkey so I refused to ride him and instead walked up the 1,000 steps about 80% of the way, until I realized that I just was not going to go any further…and I caved, but thankfully the poor beast only had to carry me about 5 minutes.
Along the way my traveling “companion” showed me areas and had good explanations for questions that I had.
I did make an effort to go up all of those 1,000 steps and plateaus without any help from 4 hooved friends.
At last I made it to the monastery at Petra!
This view is across from the monastery, it takes some hiking up rocks but is well worth the view, it’s expansive and unexpected.
Finally I decided to part ways with my “guide” and head back down the mountain seeing many beautiful sights along the way.
And even having tea with a young Bedouin merchant and her mother. She actually asked me if I wanted to trade items, but alas I had nothing to do so with. Next time I’ll bring some interesting finds from the States and instead of just buying I’ll trade. All in all coming and going I spent about $300! USD but as it was where I did most of my trip shopping it wasn’t that bad.
I gave him a bottle of water for him and the donkey, I’d tried to keep giving the animal water along the way but he told me not to do that yet. I hope that he did give him the water provided. I know that I’m of a Western mindset that has a tendency to cater to animals but I’m uncomfortable with using so call “beasts of burden” without fair treatment.
In all fairness the animal seemed to be well, and I hope that it lives the full 35 years that the man said that it would.
This little one happily posed for me when he saw me with my camera. What an athletic cutie pie!
For those that didn’t feel like walking all the way back, once you got back to the treasury you could take a horse and buggy or what I like to call a ‘chariot’ back to the entrance!
Some horses close to the entrance of Petra, some standing under the shade. In fairness despite the bright sun in the photo the day wasn’t as hot as it looked, it was fairly mild.
And another quarter mile later and I was at the entrance and back at my hotel. The top floor second orange door next to the double windows was my large and comfortable double queen bed room. The Metropole is about 5 minutes away and I hear is the best in the area, but the Petra Guest House and it’s cave bar was pretty cool. I’d definitely consider staying there again.
Would I go back to Petra! Absolutely, hopefully next time dear hubby can travel along with me as I know the hikes are right up his alley. As for me this was my first 12 mile hike and it wasn’t too bad. I guess I’m in better shape than I thought 😉
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Angel Cola hiking pants that I wore on my trip and specifically on this 12 mile trek in Petra. Comfortable with multiple pockets including one zip pocked large enough to carry credit cards and money.