“No man can live this life and emerge unchanged. He will carry.. the imprint of the desert… and he will have within him the yearning to return…. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.’” T.E. Lawrence
Still ecstatic after my Petra experience, I thought there was no other place in Jordan that was magnificent. I was wrong.
Entering Wadi rum was like entering a different world.
The stirking landscape with towering sandstone and granite mountains is rich with colours. I was in awe of the natural scenery. Made famous by T.E. Lawrence “Lawrence of Arabia” a member of the British Forces who passed the area several times during the Arab revolt of 1917-1918, He described Wadi rum as “vast, echoing and godlike” Standing near the towering red rocks made me feel insignificant. People living in Wadi Rum are of Bedouin origin and belong to seven tribal groups. One of which, the Zalabia tribe make up the majority of people living in Rum Village. They are largely responsible for the tourism services within the reserve and are always pleased to take visitors around the rum and answer questions about Bedouin life. Just like my driver, who spoke very little english but who was very hospitable and patient as I taught him how to operate my camera and take my picture. You can get around the rum in one day by jeep or by camel but I stayed the night for a little bedouin style camp experience which I enjoyed very much. In the evening, guests gathered around the fire for tea and dinner of Zarb, a Bedouin barbecue which is cooked under the sand for hours. Wadi Rum has one of the most beautiful sunrise and sunset, sadly my photos do not do justice to the real thing. The scale and magnitude of Wadi Rum’s extraordinary surroundings is surreal and overwhelming, inviting and peaceful even magical. It definitely cast a spell on me.