I think I lost a million pounds in the last two days of hiking! Petra is a beautiful hidden city in Wadi Musa -Moses' Valley- that you have to walk about 2 miles through a Siq (narrow pathway between large canyons) to find. The city is carved out of the Rose Red rock with empty tombs everywhere you look. Last night, we actually went to the Cave Bar, where we had a drink inside a real tomb, scary. The Nabatean's built this city sometime B.C. and now the Beduin villagers make their livelihood here. Children as young as 5 years old ask tourists if they would like to "ride air-coditioned Ferrari donkeys" or camels for 5 Jordanian Denars.
We hiked up ridiculous amounts, to the point where we were in misty clouds and our hair was dense with the moisture, passing Beduin mothers and children who set up tents along the way selling jewelry made of camel bones and tooth. I have never seen such cute kids!!! One 3 year old old boy was playing with what looked like an empty sardine case filled with the red sand, dragging it with shoelaces while singing in harmony with his maybe 2 year old sister. It was so simple and so beautiful that it was almost haunting.
Some of these kids learn really good English and Russian (as there are many Russian tourists) phrases from the tourists. They try to get you interested in their jewelry by saying things like "K-Mart blue light special" and "looking is free today, but maybe not free tomorrow!"