Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, no time out. Sometimes it’s now or never.
Well that is what I thought at least. After all we are talking about one of the most mysterious wonders of the world. Although they are all, the ones that have survived the tests of time. But this ancient city described as a rose-red city half as old as time, this masterpiece of engineering was lost to the western world up till 1812 A.D. and as if I was rediscovering it.
Nothing is written in stone. So don’t prepare yourself for a long and lucrative career. You might die tomorrow. Your gold holdings might become dust. Just make the music you want to make now and enjoy it.
– Yoko Ono
Ferrying into Aqaba, Jordan
On the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea, I found myself loving the life beneath the monumental Gebel Musa mountains of the Sinai peninsula. The Bedouin culture is so easy going and flowing. The friendly, hippiesque surroundings of Dahab, Egypt are so so catchy. However, the lost city of Petra is nearby and the archaeologist in me, the nomad could walk there like in other times, by camel. Like the Bedouin would.
The islander that I am, upon hearing of the infamous ferry from Nuweiba to Aqaba I was so on it. And so it was.
The crew were ever so friendly, we exchanged stories and cigarettes drinking coffee on the deck. I love the feeling you get on the deck of a ferry with the wind and the ferries national flag, in this case of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan or as the locals say El’Ordan. But that feeling is almost universal.
The customs officers in Aqaba complemented my arabic pronunciations and my first touch with Jordan was exceptional. I converted my Egyptian pounds and other currencies to the Jordanian Dinar (rings of nostalgia) and quite a strong currency it is. Good for them, I think to myself still lingering on the view over the Gulf of Aqaba with from left to right in sight Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel and Egypt.
The Flag of the Arab Revolt
flies from the Aqaba Flagpole, the sixth tallest freestanding flagpole in the world and such a sight. It commemorates the Battle of Aqaba that took place in 1917 A.D in which the attacking forces of the Arab Revolt, led by Auda ibu Tayi and advised by T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”), were victorious over the Ottoman defenders.
I make my way from Aqaba into the heart of Jordan, the destination being Petra in the Wadi Musa or Valley of Moses.
Eventually I will find the element in stone.
To find a great place to stay in Aqaba, Jordan check the map below.