We drove out of the city and into the desert. Herds of camels that are raised for food and racing. A good racer can cost as much as a quarter million. Among them goats and sheep. They wander free, but the camels have their front legs cobbled so they don’t wander too far.
Water is from underground aqueducts. The mountains, which are barren of vegetation, have veins of granite running through them. That look like frozen lava. As we got closer to our destination the mountains were all sandstone.
Our first stop was a small town with a souvenir store, restaurant, and rest rooms. The third item was the most important having been on the bus 3 hrs at this point. They took everyone’s money, Dinar,US,Euros, and Canadian.
As we continued to drive through the desert we heard the story of the Bedouin’s. They were nomads that lived in the desert without citizenship in Jordan. Their children had no schooling. Jordan told them they would feed their children if they sent them to school. They would feed the parents if they would take them and pick them up from school. They thought it was too far so moved there tents closer to the school. Then they were told we will build you houses if you would become citizens. The guild said “sounds easy” all for free but it was done over several decades. Many put their animals in the house and still slept in their tents. The place we stopped earlier was a Bedouin settlement.
We are going to the Wadi Rum National park to eat a traditional Bedouin lunch in a tent out in the desert. It was a spectacular set up. As we lined up to go through the food line a young man was making bread stretched like thin pizza dough put over a dome on a barrel to cook. A piece was placed on each plate. As we went through the line some items we knew and some we didn’t. A taste of everything was my motto. D too. Some items we would have liked more of some not so much.
Purple sticks turned out to be picked jicama with a bite to it. Hummus, mustard ground of seed, very pungent, saffron rice, pasta with spinach, onion cabbage slaw with a mild taste, goat, lamb kabobs, and chicken.
There was hot tea or water and sesame cookies.
You can stay over night at this camp and live the Bedouin life for a night or a week. From what we saw the tents were all rented. We returned through the desert happy, tired, and fed.