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Aqaba gave us a nice warm welcome with a private tour around the Red Sea in a glass-bottom boat. I think we’re going to like it here! 🐡🐠

I woke just before sunrise half asleep yet eager to see our new destination— we had arrived in the middle of the night in complete darkness. Have we landed on Mars or am I still dreaming? —Welcome to Wadi Rum, the Valley of the Moon 🌚💫

There they were, just outside my tent— these beautiful, majestic, yet awkward creatures. And then I feel in love. 🐪💕

Visiting Wadi Rum is like taking a voyage through the geological evolution of earth. Once at the bottom of the ocean, it is now completely dry and looks similar to cliffs draped in melted wax. Jordan’s red-rock wilderness is covered in over 20,000 petroglyphs and inscriptions tracing human existence back some 12,000 years. Now home to the Bedouins, and a perfect movie setting for Lawrence of Arabia and The Martian, it’s turned into a desert oasis for travelers, historians, and nature lovers alike. 🏜🐪✨
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Can’t decide if I want to go home and create a tent of lavish patterns and tea pots or stay here forever and live as the Bedouin’s do ✨
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Look Ma! I’m on a camel! 🐪
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It’s amazing that these animals have been a main source of transportation for thousands of years for seriously long journeys. Albeit, I did feel a little guilty riding one, but the Bedouin’s reassured me that my weight and bag is nothing close to the amount they are built to carry.
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Happy to say not only did I ride a camel, but in the middle of the desert in Jordan— and I can check another item off my bucket list. #theblondebedouin

3 weeks ago I was hanging off of a dusty pick up truck in the middle of the desert while watching the sunset with a bunch of Bedouins. And tomorrow I’ll be getting on one of my two flights for a very long journey back home to Boston. What a whirlwind the last five weeks have been!
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I’m honestly probably going to be posting from this trip up until December (I’m on a huge delay because I just have so many!), so if you ever want to see what I’m doing in real time, just watch my stories. While I do wish I could be a little more live or “instant” with my posts to country, sometimes you just need to LIVE in the moment, and tell your story later— and that’s just what I’m going to do 😊
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If you don’t believe in magic you’ll never find it— and tonight, we found it. 🇯🇴✨
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No pictures or words can capture the dream we waltzed into. A perfect little oasis on top the mountain in Petra. A terrace with overlapping rugs, decadent pillows, draped tapestries and chimes hanging all around us. We then spotted two Bedouin’s who invited us for tea and to watch the sunset.
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It’s the unexpected moments like these that confirm your love for travel. The love for discovering new places, having conversations with locals, and the rich Jordanian culture at every turn. Watching the flag wave over this gorgeous country as the sun dipped below the mountains turning the sky every shade of red and pink is why I travel. These experiences that simply take your breath away create the memory you will always carry with you.
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It wasn’t until afterwards we realized we had to climb back down from this tucked away mountain view point— and it was getting dark. The two Bedouins kindly offered their donkey’s for our journey home. Donkeys are a main form of transportation here in Petra, amazing cliffs climbers, and can also see in the dark. The four of us took our moonlight donkey ride to the bottom where our host met us and walked us home where we enjoyed a home cooked meal with his family.
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If you ever get the opportunity to go to Petra, I highly suggest you climb to the top for an experience, and most spectacular sunset, you will never forget.

Ever wonder why camels are ALWAYS smiling?
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In Islam, Allah is known by 99 names, however there’s a theory that a 100th name exists— which is only known by the camels! So you see, they are always smiling cause they know something that you’ll never know— and they prefer to keep it that way.
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And that’s my fun fact for the day, cause hey - I just love camels! 🐪🐪

Have you ever dreamt of something so much that once it finally happens, you have a hard time believing it’s real? That’s what it felt like standing in front of the Treasury; the dreamiest, most elaborate, and well-preserved temple in Petra.
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This ancient Arabic kingdom is a place that you’ve likely heard about in stories and seen in movies but maybe never thought about as a real place that you can actually go visit today. But Petra is real— very real! And it left me totally in awe. 🏛🐪💫
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Have you ever had a similar experience when traveling?

One of the best things about traveling is discoving traditions from other cultures, and Bedouin tea is a serious part of the Jordanian way of life. ☕️✨
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In Jordan, you can’t go anywhere without being offered a cup of this tea, and let me tell you — it’s TO DIE FOR. The Bedouin’s are honestly the most hospitable people I‘ve ever met, that not taking them up on a cup (or two) of tea would be a serious crime. (Especially with a view of Petra while the sun is setting)
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What’s your preferred cup of tea? Mine’s Bedouin with a side of sunset. 💁🏼‍♀️🌅

Here’s a little secret, the Bedouin’s also make really great insta-husbands. Not only was this shot taken by my guide at @arabiannightsrum, but it was also his idea! Pretty good right?
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Matter fact, my last post of me throwing sand- was also his art direction. We we’re driving along in the desert, he saw the perfect spot, pulled over, and said here, throw this sand up in the air it’ll make for a really great picture!
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Just another example of how amazing and hospitable the Bedouins are, not only do you get a fabulous time on a full day tour (from driving around in a pick up truck, learning all about Wadi Rum, and ending with a bon fire and tea at sunset), but you get a wonderful photographer who knows all the right spots and poses along the way!
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P.S. this is not an ad, I just genuinely love @arabiannightsrum and if anyone is planning a trip to Jordan I fully recommend going through them (you can find them on @hostelworld)

Q: why travel during the low season? A: to dance in front of famously carved, sandstone buildings. 💃🏼
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Petra — which is more than 2,000 years old, is filled of beautifully carved buildings such as this one. It was an entire city of 20,000 people that made their homes inside caves and worked trading frankincense, myrrh, and spices between ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.
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After an earthquake (363 AD) much of the city was destroyed and eventually led to the downfall of the city which was ultimately abandoned — until the 7th century that still largely appeared deserted besides the local Bedouins in the area.
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With every post I receive more and more messages from you guys about traveling to Jordan. And I’m really excited to say that it looks like I’m going to have to start a BLOG!
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I want to make sure I get every-single-question you guys have asked me answered— from itineraries, to safety, hostels, guides— you name it, comment below with any questions you have about Jordan and I’ll be sure to do my best to answer everything I can.
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It’s amazing that with just a couple insta-photos it has inspired so many people to travel to a country that wasn’t on their list before, or maybe had even heard of. (P.S I had never heard of Wadi Rum before we crossed the border!) Any help that I can offer to getting your bucket list checked off — I’M HERE FOR YOU ✈️💞
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Follow your wild and crazy dreams (and always dress for the part) 🇯🇴
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Anyone else crazy enough to hike up a cliff in a dress for the gram?
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For the best sweeping views of The Treasury this climb is a must, just be sure to pack your dress— then do a quick change at the top!
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