Jordan PART II
Landing on Mars
Here I am again!
I continue along the line of willing to help all those who have doubts leading them to postpone this destination.
Over the years I have gradually changed my way of perceiving life, but my love for beauty and desire to discovery have always remained the same. Travelling moves you away from your daily life and from the routine so that you understand that there is not single way of life.
During most of this trip I have been in close contact with the Bedouin people, who are everywhere in Petra.
Until few years ago this place was only theirs, but now they are have to share it with confused masses of tourists. They were the only ones who knew about the existence of this special place, until the traveler Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, disguised as an Islamic, managed to be led there and made it known to the rest of the world.
The Bedouin people have never left Petra since long time ago when Petra was abandoned by the Nabateans.
Among those Bedouins with whom I have had the opportunity to have a chat, there is Fawaz.
I found him up there, on the top of his world, The Altar of Sacrifice, after a strenuous climb of almost 50 min.
In addition to the breathtaking views of the place, the best discovery was him, Fawaz, who lives there, and who, while offering me a cup of mint tea, cheerful, sitting in his open air lounge, signaled me with his hand the fantastic panoramic views, telling me:
– You see? this is my TV! ….
I don’t know why this scene got me so much and why I keep it as one of the best memories that this city of red stone has given me. It is perhaps because I was able to perceive the bond tying the Bedouins to Petra, perhaps because he transmitted me the freedom and sense of belonging that you can perceive only living in one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
Or maybe because he had everything, without having anything?
It was neither his age nor the amount of money in his bank account that defined him, but the width of the smile in his face.
The next morning another wake up call at 6.
Some Bedouin friends of our Amman driver (I already told you about him, remember that he organized all our trips?) came to pick us at the hotel and drive us to Wadi Rum.
hey are Bedouins. Oh yeah! Because one of the largest concentrations of authentic Bedouins in the country is probably in Wadi Rum.
Although Bedouins in Wadi Rum work more and more in tourism, they still maintain their authentic lifestyle and understand that this is what tourists are coming to see.
We continue towards the desert of Wadi Rum where we will spend a night.
After 2 hours of driving, few stops, lots of loud Arab music, intermixed with my laughter, there we are… there we are…. !! To Mars? !! It was one of the best on the road experiences in Jordan and one of the best memories.
A surreal moon landscape, mountains and imposing cliffs, carved by natural elements over millennia.
This is the “wild” Jordan I dreamed of!
The Ufo Luxury Resort offers is a very special kind of a moon camp, offering all the comforts of a normal hotel ( there is a bathroom in the room and you can easily bring suitcases, backpacks or other items that will be loaded onto jeeps and taken to the camp).
Wifi is available throughout the hotel, loud and clear on all your devices.
Find out about all the activities available, such as the jeep tour in the desert, sunrise on the camels or the evening under the stars (star gazing).
I read about many tented camps where you feel a bit isolated; this does not happen at the UFO Luxury, but if you choose another tented camp and this creates some perplexity for you as soon as you arrive in Jordan you can buy a sim car from a local operator for about 25 euros , which keeps you connected at all times and in the most remote places. I got it in Amman the same evening of my arrival in a shop inside the hotel.
No, I wouldn’t have liked the idea of being disconnected during the trip, but having in mind to rent a car, it seemed wiser to have access to google map!
I mean, it kept my anxieties under control!
(Unfounded, I repeat, there is nothing to worry about in Jordan except to set the alarm clock early in the morning and be ready to walk 30 kilometers a day !!)
I tell you that to me the Wadi Rum desert meant only peace, infinite spaces, silence and solitude, that is just like the desert should be!
It is not an experience for everyone, everyone should evaluate it for himself.
Before leaving, friends had told us how boring the desert had seemed to them.
It was not the first time for me and I knew what I was running to.
People can stay alone if they can be with themselves. But if you are not strong and self-confident enough, being alone means feeling empty.
To many it frightens, for some instead loneliness is a necessity.
For me it is a privilege, a voluntary choice, a deep spiritual act.
With more hindsight we would have liked to stay there two nights instead of just one.
Ugh, we struggled to go.
It was a much desired experience that paid off all our expectations!
But it was time for a new experience, the Dead Sea!
The only stage of true relaxation on our journey.
After four hours drive from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea with our Bedouins friends we arrived to the luxurious Kempinky Dead Sea Hotel.
The fresh and fragrant towel you are kindly offered as soon as you enter the lobby makes you understand immediately that you have entered another dimension.
I have never seen an hotel with so many swimming pools in my life, but I was determined and thrilled to dive into the dead sea famous waters and I ran to it. A little disappointing. But luckily for me, the hotel boasts the most awarded Spa in the Middle East, there is even a swimming pool with water from the Dead Sea, where, stubborn as I am, I jumped in… and this time I had a lot of fun!
From Mars in Wadi Rum to the planet Kempinsky on the Dead Sea …
I was happily floating in my last two days of cosmic dance!