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Breakfast at Wadi Rum

Lawrence's spring at Wadi Rum

The final night in Egypt was spent at Nuweiba - at a hippy backpackery type place on a nice sandy beach. This was near the port where we were to take a ferry the next day to Jordan.

The whole of the next day was spent mostly waiting to get on the ferry - the Egyptians have definately not heard of German efficiency. We got to the port at 8am and finally got to Jordan at 6pm - and the ferry journey itself only took 2hrs! At least they upgraded us to first class though.

Due to the delays we had to spend the night in a dodgy hostel in Aqaba - where Heidi and I decided it would be a good place to get our first dose of Egyptian belly - it was a case of tag team back and forth to the toilet all night - we were dangerously short of toilet roll by the end of the night.

The truck had to go on a slower ferry and finally arrived in Aqaba around midnight - so we were all up early the next day to head for Wadi Rum.

Wadi Rum is a desert area with large jebels (hills) of sandstone and granite jutting out - very scenic. It is also famous as being asociated with Lawrence of Arabia as he stayed here in 1917. We decided to go on a 3hr jeep tour (which was a bit like playing Russian Roulette given the state of our bottoms at that time!). However we got to see some amazing scenes, including rock formations, canyons and even bedouins having a knife fight.

From Wadi Rum it was off to Wadi Musa - our base for exploring Petra....

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