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Road Trip To The Lost City Of Petra, Jordan.

The company I used to work for seldom organizes Crew activities and this Crew tour to Petra was the first one I’d seen since my 3 months in this job. I was not interested to go either, mainly because as a galley employee it would slow down my productivity and accumulate the tasks I had. But thanks to my awesome pastry chef, he convinced me to go, telling me it was a trip of a lifetime. Never In my life, had I thought that one day, I would visit one of the wonders of the world. I don’t regret going and I’m extremely grateful to my Superiors for allowing me to go. Continue on reading, if you want to know what amazed me during this trip, the things I liked and the things I disliked.

The Valley before the lost city.

The weather on that day was quite windy and I started regretting my choice of a short and T-shirt, Luckily as we left the port, the weather started getting warmer. We were in for a 2hr30minutes trip.I’ve never traveled for this long on a bus, maybe because my country is small. There were astonishingly beautiful landscapes along the way and sand that was of an unreal red color. I thought I was traveling in heaven. Our World is indeed magnificent. After one hour something of traveling, We stopped at a shop which was located in the middle of a desert road, the people there were welcoming, If there’s one thing that I will always cherish about Petra, it is the warm smiles and gentle nature of the people especially the guide, the bus driver, the shop owners and the staff at the entrance desk in Petra. After a 30 minute break, we continued our way to Petra.

The Ticket in hands,let the adventure begin!

The Ticket In Hands,Let the adventure begin

We reached Petra at 10 am. The guide briefly explained to us how to get to the main attractions and handed us a map. As soon as this briefing was over, I realized that my so-called best friends at work left me, but that was okay with me as no friends is equal to more freedom. I went to buy some fast food because the lunch box that the company gave us, contained a pork sandwich and I don’t eat pork. I started my ascend to the lost city of Petra, everything was going great…

Until I met The horse-Man…

If there’s one thing that ruined my trip to Petra besides the pork sandwich, it is the Horseman. Okay so lemme explain here, In your Ticket, A short horse ride is included however you have to tip the horse-man, our guide told us that the minimal tip is $5.I was not interested to ride the horse because I’m scared but the horse guy was being forceful, so in order to stop wasting time and also in an attempt to overcome my fear of riding horses, I said why not?. We agreed on a $5 tip. During the ride, he tried to convince me to go to a ‘secret’ area with a better view, despite explaining to him I’m not interested, he kept insisting, this made me uncomfortable. We finally reached the end of the horse ride track, I ended up tipping him $10 because he took my photos..but still he was not satisfied, he was being greedy, he told me to give him more and he even told me he would exchange my money if I have bigger notes. Dude I already gave you more than we had agreed on, why can’t you be thankful?. A tip is not a selling price dude. So if you are going to Petra soon, be wary of the greedy horsemen and camel-men. And decline the ‘secret’ area tour because if they are not satisfied with your tip(plus you have to pay extra), they are either gonna insult you, leave you there, or both (these are horrors stories I’ve read on TripAdvisor and from excursion department.)

The Greedy horseman off my back ,I finally start exploring..

Regardless of the horseman’s attempts to extract more money from me, I ignored him and started my walk to the Al Khazneh Treasury. The route to all the attractions in the Lost City of Petra is straightforward and well labeled, so there’s no risk of getting lost unless you take some sketchy route. Moreover, there are Vendors and snack shops in every corner, you can ask them for direction, if you are not sure. On the way, I saw spectacular rock formations and splendid man-made sandstone carved structures(besides the Al Khazneh Treasury). I was flabbergasted by such creations. Truly, Nature is amazing and the human mind has incredible talents (at least those who built the Lost City).

The Al Khazneh Temple And My Phone Started Dying .

Al Khazneh

One hour of walking in the dense desert heat, I finally saw a glimpse of the Temple, my heart kinda skipped a beat, I thought it was a mirage. I continued walking until I could get a full picture. Finally, I was there standing in front of the Temple, I was elated, I could not believe what I was seeing, Al Khazneh looked so spectacular and glorious (unfortunately, you can’t go inside). It was as if I time-traveled back in time. My excitement was cut short by the vibration I felt in my pocket, My phone was at 9% battery, as always, my phone leaves me when I’m in the best places. This time it was not because I did not let it charge fully but rather because of the sudden heat it was subjected to.

Other Attractions After The Treasury

Don’t Come back after you reach the Al Khazneh Treasury, Keep on going forward, as there are many more attractions on the way. Make sure you go to the last attraction which is the Monastery where you get a spectacular view of the whole city. I made it up only to the Royal Tombs as I was short of time. To come back you can either ride a camel, a donkey, or walk back, but be careful with the camel/donkey owners as some of them are greedy and dishonest.

I Can’t Leave Petra Without A Souvenir

On my way back, I saw this nice jewelry vendor, he was selling beautiful gemstone bracelets. And My eyes could move away from a bluestone bracelet, I don’t remember which gemstone it is though. The stone is of great quality and the metal as well. And it’s cheap. Every time I look at the bracelet, I remember the beautiful moments I had in this wonderful country.

To sum up, despite a bad start, Petra was amazing and I plan to visit this country again in the near future. There are however some issues to be careful about notably regarding animal welfare, some of the horses, donkeys, and camels there seemed as if they were being over-worked, they looked tired, in a bad shape, and malnourished, I advise you to stay from riding these type of animal, I hope the situation has improved since then and that the animals are given better treatment.

Have you been to Petra?Share your experience in the comments

3 Easy Mountains To Hike In Mauritius.

Mauritius is known for its sandy beaches, warm weather, catamaran trips and delicious street food. However, Mauritius is not only heavenly beaches, but it is also home to a plethora of lush green Mountains, waiting for you to hike them. You may have noticed our dazzling mountain ranges while traveling around the island. Here’s a list of mountains that you should hike in this Paradise Island.

Signal Mountain.

Located in Port Louis,Montagne des Signaux (in French) is one of the easiest mountain to climb in Mauritius.The way to the top is tarred and well maintained.When you reach the top ,you will the enjoy a 360 degree view of Port Louis,adjacent mountain ranges ,you can even catch a glimpse of Gunner’s quoin in the North of Island.It’s quick hike up ,around 90 minutes.

2.Le Pouce Mountain.

View of Le Pouce from Letard Mountain.

Le Pouce is the third highest mountain of Mauritius .It’s a relatively easy hike with only the top requiring a bit of climbing.There are two ways to reach the top,You can take the trail situated in St Pierre,which is the most of common route or You can hire an experienced guide and start hiking from Le Dauguet,Port Louis.Either way is fine.What I like to do when I hike this mountain is I start the hike in St Pierre and then end in Port Louis .This Mountain is ideal for a half day hike or if you are experienced ,you will complete the hike in 2 hours 30 minutes .

3.Le Morne Brabant.

My favorite Mountain in Mauritius .It is located in the extreme southwest of the Island .This mountain is an important location in the history of the Island ,it was used as a shelter for runaway slaves when slavery was still a thing ,many of the fellow runaway slaves committed suicide on this mountain .The mountain is divided into two parts.The first hike route is flat and easy.The second route is for experienced hikers as the way up is steep and technical,you will need to sign a form to continue your way up to the second hike route.The mountain is open from 7 am- 4 pm everyday.The hike can be completed in 4 hours and the views are heavenly.

The Mountains mentioned here,are mountains that you can hike easily,solo and without a guide.However,there are also other amazing mountains in the island which are a bit technical and require an experienced guide and hiker to climb ,be sure to check them out too.