One of the incredible exeprience you can live in Jordan is spending a night at a Bedouin camp in the colorful desert of Wadi Rum. Even though I was really sick it was an unforgettable night and the bedouins took good care of me, preparing their natural medicine for my stomach flu.
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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR WADI RUM CAMP EXPERIENCE
I love sleeping in the desert: rediscovering silence, being close to nature and admiring georgeous sunsets and clear night skies. I have already had the chance to do it in Australia, Namibia, Morocco and Jordan. Jordan was really special with those interesting mountains in the sand.
Being sick and shivering in the middle of the desert under a very thick winter Bedouin coat, my guide decided to take me to the camp which is the one of Salem Mohammed Gablan and where I would spend the night.
Even though I was very weak, I was blow away by the settings. There are many of those camps in Wadi Rum and I know they are made only for the tourist but I still loved the sight and the feeling of being alone in the desert:
The tents are made of goat hair and are really not supposed to be used when the sun hits them. The site has also set up a place in within the rocks for people to rest but the wind and flies were not helping with my condition and I opted for the sauna of my tent to try sleeping off my flu.
Orange sunset over Wadi Rum
After few hours in a very light state of sleep, I was feeling better and set up on a small sand dune to observe the sunset. I was alone as the other guests opted to hike a bit on the rocks behind the camp. It was a great moment of serenity observing the small inhabitants of the desert (no I was not playing with scorpions or snakes, just small inoffensive bugs) and the colours of the mountains slowly changing
Diner and infusion
After sunset we all gathered in the big Bedouin tent for diner. They presented the way of cooking and everybody appreciated the meal. I was feeling slightly better and was able to eat some meat and vegetables. The best meal of my whole trip.
And, as I was sick, the Bedouins gathered some local herbs to make me a remedy. See the small cup on the photo below it was mine!
Sadly I never drink tea or warm drinks (or coffee by the way). So it really felt like medicine to me, especially with the large amount of sugar they add (maybe the equivalent of 5 sugars in a very small glass!).
And a gorgeous Wadi Rum Sunrise
Well, I don’t know if the Bedouin herbal remedy helped but I managed to sleep properly and was up for sunrise (still sick but more rested). Another goergeous moment:
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