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Admiration in Jordan’s Valley of the Moon

Jordan’s Wadi Rum, is deserted and remote, with towering mountains of sandstone and granite that seem to erupt jaggedly out of the rust-coloured sand that covers every square inch of the valley.

The landscape is intimidating, as desolate as it is awe-inspiring. It’s other name, the Valley of the Moon, a little too appropriate.

Looking out into all that vastness, I can’t help but feel small, forlorn and insignificant.


We somehow find ourselves having tea with a Bedouin family, in a tent, their home, which seems to me like nothing more than scraps pieced together to ward off the flaming sun. I am filled with admiration.

How can they live in an environment so harsh? so isolated?

It seems impossible to me – a self-professed city girl – who needs wifi on demand, a million restaurants to choose from, and all of the conveniences of the megacity I live in, at my fingertips.

Still, as dusk settles over the immense sky, and the sun drapes the starkness of that alien landscape with a warm, majestic light, I feel something resembling comfort.

Do you prefer to live in cities? Or do you dream of solitude?

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  1. Nice! sometimes its hard to comprehend the lifestyles of others — yet travel gives us an opportunity to see through others eyes, and in turn, learn more about myself.
    Living in another country has made me see my own country with new eyes. I think a mix of solitude and city bustle is the best. Get the best of both worlds. ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 1, 2016
    • That’s one of the best things about traveling, isn’t it? The opportunity to learn about others and ourselves in turn. ๐Ÿ™‚ Living in another country definitely puts things in a whole new light. When we moved to Korea, I strangely felt even LESS Korean, than I did in Canada, if that makes any sense. Was definitely an eye-opener! Which country did you move to?

      May 2, 2016
      • Hi Shelley, yes, it makes sense as you by then probably identified as Canadian.
        I’ve lived in China for 13 years. Ouch! ๐Ÿ™‚

        BTW love your wedding pictures on your About page ๐Ÿ™‚

        May 3, 2016
        • Thanks! It was a bit cloudy on our wedding day, but it made the pictures turn out great! And definitely – since I lived in Canada from the age of 2 to 35!

          Wow! 13 years in China…you must’ve seen it change so much in that time.

          May 3, 2016
  2. Easy to see why they filmed “The Martian” here! I, too, have admiration for anyone who can survive out there; I thought I was going to keel over from the heat in just an hour’s camel ride! And the dust! I am a clean freak, and I could not survive with all that dust on my clothing, in my nose, eyes, hair, etc. Fascinating to see, though.

    May 1, 2016
    • I just got that movie actually and can’t wait to watch it! Should be very interesting to compare it to our real life experience there. Hmm, when we were there it was quite cool…we definitely needed a jacket to feel comfortable. But yes, the dust and sand – my pockets were full of the stuff even weeks after we left Jordan!!

      May 2, 2016
  3. What a beautiful sunset. Life looks so simple over there, with minimal things to get one by. I am very much the city girl. There is something about the hustle and bustle that excites me…like new ideas are always around the corner. But at the same time, I like quiet and exploring the outback ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 1, 2016
    • Yes, I too love the hustle and bustle of big cities – that feeling like there’s always something new and exciting happening, and that the choices are unlimited…but I too, need to check out from time to time – usually to a beach and the sound of the ocean. Still, I can’t imagine living anywhere but a city…especially after living in Seoul, which is a city x 100!! :p

      May 2, 2016
  4. Fantastic share and lovely images, Shelley. ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 1, 2016
  5. sleeping out under the night sky in wadi rum was perhaps the biggest highlight when I visited Jordan, yes I think more special than Petra. great post!

    May 3, 2016
    • Agreed! Petra is amazing, but so touristy…while Wadi Rum is just the vastness of nature. A definite highlight! ๐Ÿ˜€

      May 4, 2016

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