A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
This trip to Petra was practically perfect. Devin was sick the day before our trip, so he took more sick time (poor guy...I hated the fact that he was sick), and we left early on Tuesday for Petra. We had a liesurely drive down, stopped to gaze at Shobak castle, and visited Little Petra! Little Petra is lesser known, rarely visited, and best of all, FREE! Woot! The kids loved it. There are lots of caves and staircases to explore, so the kids tired themselves out a bit.
That evening, we decided to eat at a restaurant in the town. We stopped at the first one that we found--BIG MISTAKE! *Sigh* The guy took us for all we were worth. We got miniscule amounts of food for at LEAST 5x the amount they were worth. The mixed grill looked smaller than an appetizer, and they guy tried to charge us an arm and a leg for it. I need to get on Trip Advisor and advise people against eating there. We were ticked. Devin haggled him down a bit, but it was still WAY too much. Dumb.
We had a nice sleep in the BEST hotel. I love Petra Moon! Their family room is really hard to beat. A king size bed and 3 twins all together for less than 100JD. So great! And the staff there are super friendly! The kids love it because they leave the chocolate 'Flutes' on the beds.
Anyway, we got up in the morning, and I looked out the window a little nervous, because it looked AWFUL! Dark, cloudy skies, wet streets, CRAZY wind! Well, it is what it is, right? So we went down to breakfast and ate ourselves silly, then packed up and headed out. We were all bundled up and ready to walk.
My favorite part was haggling for camel rides. Last time we were there, they gave us 5JD camel rides. This time, when I walked up, they were saying they could only go as low as 10. I said no way! Five! They said no, so I just shook my head and bundled everyone off. They kept calling out numbers to me, and I told them no way--only 5! Finally, they gave in when they saw that I wasn't going to. Hey, we needed SEVEN camels. 35 JD is better than none, I'd think. Lame-o's.
Funnily enough, yes it was cloudy; yes, it was super windy; yes, it was cold; but it was the PERFECT temperature for tons of hiking! My parents went up the 791 steps to the monastery and back down again! They did it! We walked ALL over the place! We were tired at the end, but it would have been much worse if we would have had sun and heat beating down on us. We had no sunstroke, heat stroke, or sunburns to deal with. We weren't hot and sweaty and nasty. The kids still had energy enough to play at the park after while we watched the sunset!
We ate a buffet at the hotel (cheaper than the rip off restaurant from the night before), then headed off for bed.
The next morning, we decided to head back up to Amman and go to Thanksgiving dinner at our friends' house. So, we went back up the 'back way': The Kings' Highway. Devin thought it would be good to go to Karak Castle. It was supposed to take us only 2 hours to get there. It was almost 4 hours later when we pulled in there. Those small cities along the way were PAINFUL! One city took us 45 minutes to get through--and it wasn't very big! Horrible traffic. Bleh. But Karak Castle was pretty cool.
We were able to pass by Wadi Dana, too, and the Dead Sea. We made it back to Amman just in time for Thanksgiving dinner! For that, I'm very thankful! We didn't cook anything (we brought mandarin oranges that we picked up from a fruit stand along the way), but it was SO NICE to go to a huge feast dinner with all our family/friends where I didn't have to prep anything or clean anything up! Thank you, Nadine, for saving our lives that day! A very memorable Thanksgiving!
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