Petra


It's evening in Petra. Technically, the town we are in is Wadi Musa; Petra is the ancient Nabataean city, hidden among the rocks. The most famous 'structure' (or carved facade) in Petra is the Treasury. (If you've seen the original Indiana Jones movie, you should remember this image.)

This picture of the Treasury is from my visit here last year - I have a slight foot injury that prevented me from hiking today.

After their hike, the students and we professors gathered for dinner - a wonderful Jordanian dinner everyone referred to as "upside down". We're off at noon tomorrow for a lunch in a bedouin village, and then to Wadi Ram (or Wadi Rum), a valley cut through granite. The center piece of the Valley (Wadi) is Mount Rum, named the Seven Pillars of Wisdom by Lawrence of Arabia (and the Valley is the location for that famous movie as well).

As we'll be in the Valley/Wadi tomorrow and Saturday, and then off to the port city of Aqaba, expect no updates from us generally ... and stay tuned for Sunday, when I'm sure everyone will be posting their pics like mad!! "insha'allah", God Willing of course ...

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