|Jordan's Wadi Rum|
|A turn-of-the-century Turkish train - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
So we, along with another carload of tourists who had arrived, explored the train.
‘Not to worry’, our guide told us. "You can use the bathroom at the Bedouin camp."
‘Right!’, I thought to myself. We’d seen a couple of those ‘camps’ along the way. . .
|Bedouin camp between Petra and Wadi Rum|
So we climbed into that Bedouin guide’s pickup (you can read about that here)and set off into the Wadi Rum; first stop the Bedouin’s camp bathroom.
And, here is where my Magic Carpet Ride tale takes a 180-degree turn. . .
The camp was amazing.
Posh. In fact, so posh I’m ready to return and do some camping – or better yet, glamping.
This Bedouin camp is designed for tourists, one of several the Bedouins have built and operate to provide accommodations to the growing number of eco-tourists drawn here. In this case, the facilities rival many we’ve seen in America that label themselves ‘glamp grounds’ (On the off chance you’ve not heard the term, ‘glamping’ it is short for ‘glamorous camping’. )
We walked through the restaurant/lounge area to reach the bathroom. . .
|Restaurant/lounge at the Bedouin camp - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
And as I opened the door in the tent-structure housing the “WC’s”, I thought I was seeing a mirage:
|Ladies room - Bedouin camp, Wadi Rum, Jordan|
|Tents at the Bedouin camp - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
|You can rent this tent - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
|Tent interior, bedroom and en suite - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
|For those wanting more solitude - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
“No man can live this life and emerge unchanged. He will carry… the imprint of the desert… and he will have within him the yearning to return…. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.”
Information about Jordan can be found at the country’s tourist site: www.visitjordan.com
Photos in this post were taken at:
(*Thanks to blogger friends the Traveling Solemates – I used the Lawrence quote from their site; they also are taken with Wadi Rum.)
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