Petra Jordan Treasury Entrance

Petra, Jordan – Day 4

I survived Petra!!! I’m from Arizona, which has 115 degree weather, but I try not to walk in it all day like I did today. I almost passed out at the ruins, but some passerby’s brought water and walked me out. I need to learn to pace myself…

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On my way to Petra finally!!! I don’t have too much to write about today since I was trekking the desert and seeing ruins, but I’ve got a ton of pictures!!! I was quite surprised to find out that there are people living in Petra. If you go to the top of the mountain where the museum is, there is a guy living in a house on the very top. I went up to say hi and he was making tea out of juniper roots he had found down below. I also hung out with and had a conversation with a little girl that was chilling in a cave with her friends. In exchange for some Doritos, she gave me the low down on the area. There were a few locals selling trinkets that they dug up or found along the road. I bought 2 authentic Roman coins from a man to gift to family when I got home. They go anywhere from $10 to $25 depending on how well you can haggle. Most areas they don’t want you to go in are blocked off with signs. I found an area with tombs that seemed off limits, but had no signs and climbed to the top of the mountain. It was a bit scary and I wouldn’t recommend this trail to the faint of heart, but I got some amazing pictures!

At the end of the day I almost had a heat stroke. I had plenty of water, but 5 hours of hiking and mountain climbing in 100 degree weather really takes its toll. I kept pushing myself and ignoring the signals from my body. It started shutting down and I almost didn’t make it out. I didn’t even have enough energy to collapse, my body just wouldn’t move. Someone came to the rescue with water and shade and I was able to make it out.

This part of the trip was supposed to be cheap, but I was so uncomfortable and in pain that I just told the taxi to take me to the nearest nice hotel that had AC and private showers. Once I got there I tore off my clothes (even my 2nd shirt and jeans were soaking wet from all the sweat) took a cold shower, and fell asleep for 15 hours. When I woke up I was sick and could barely move 🙁 Not sure what it is but there is a lot of phlegm and the right side of my chest hurts every time i cough. And to think this is only the first set of ruins I’m going to see! I’m thinking camel rides and taxis from here on out. Saving money by walking doesn’t help if it kills me…

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