A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
Devin is FINALLY home. Hooray! Yesterday, the President came through Jordan, said hello, flew down to Petra, said hello, and flew back to the US. So, I took advantage of the fact that Devin was still down in a hotel room in Petra with not much to do, and my housekeeper was free, and I took off and drove down to Petra! Yes, I went all by myself. I have now driven to Petra by myself. I drove by myself with four kids, too, this week. It's a pretty long drive--and the Desert Highway can get a little monotonous--but I didn't mind! I enjoyed passing all those big trucks. On the way down yesterday, the wind was blowing like CRAZY! Whew! It was very exciting. But, I made it down to Devin in time for dinner (a lovely buffet at the hotel) and a visit to the sauna (oh, man, how I've missed the sauna!!).
This morning, a few of Devin's colleagues wanted to go to Little Petra. Devin had already visited, but I hadn't, so we all went to see it! So fun!!! :) If anyone out there who reads this ever makes a trip to Petra, make SURE you don't miss Little Petra! It's not well marked, but if you know about it, you can ask the guards at the entrance to the regular Petra. You get to drive a ways around Petra on the other side and see all kinds of amazing things! It's a beautiful drive. Then, you get to the Little Petra and aside from it being free (hooray!), it's pretty cool. The rocks are pretty, and there are LOTS of little caves and rooms and stairways to explore. Yes, it's small (hence the name 'Little'), but I still felt it was worth it. If you have kids and you're thinking of a visit to Petra, I think this would be their highlight. I wish I would have taken mine when we went down! I'm sure, though, that we'll have plenty of more opportunities to visit that site. We enjoyed some fun exploring and climbing. On our way out, we stopped by the vendors (hey, sometimes you just gotta help 'em out and buy a scarf! Ha!) and Devin got a local headcovering thing, and I got a couple of scarves. They even all took turns showing me how to put it on in different ways! :) They all laugBy the time they finished with me, I looked like a Bedouin woman! :) They offered Devin 200 camels for me, but thankfully he didn't take it. :D
The drive home was much happier this time, as I got to take Devin home with me! :) We stopped off at a little shop outside the ruins of a big castle (Ash Shubak) and got lunch: oranges, bananas, dates, and some YUMMY cookie things (sesame seeds, coconut, nuts, all held together by honey--divine!) and munched all the way home while listening first to a Twilight Zone radio drama (ha ha ha) and then Sting. Lovely. We dressed ourselves up as Bedouins and knocked on our door when we got home. It was fun to see the kids' faces! :) Good times. It's nice to be home again--and even better to have Devin home with us! Next up: Jerusalem. Luckily, though, we get to go with him on this adventure. We're already looking up activities and things to do while we're there--I'm sure we won't be bored! Time to get myself into a good habit of updating, as I'm thinking we're going to have LOTS and LOTS to share in the next month and a half!!!! :)
(Hopefully I'll get some pictures off of Devin's phone and his co-worker's camera--I'll post them later if I do. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring mine. Ooops.)
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