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W or Wander
I’ve written before about how my desire to visit an ice cream shop in Damascus being the genesis for an entire trip to the Middle East in 2010. As part of this holiday, we stayed overnight in a Bedouin camp in the desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan. Also known as the Valley of the Moon (Wadi/Valley, Rum/Moon), before we visited, I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know what Wadi Rum was.
Full of spectacular red deserts vistas, ancient petroglyphs and huge rounded monoliths, it is not dissimilar to visiting central Australia. The landscape, and the rounded jebels in particular, have an other worldly feel to them. This has made the area very popular with film makers. If you’ve seen any recent science fiction at the cinema, you’ve seen Wadi Rum.
Turns out, Wadi Rum was also Lawrence of Arabia territory. He travelled trough the valley several times during the Arab Revolt in 1917. Beautiful vistas and living with the locals is all very well but it’s T E Lawrence’s links to the region that have provided me with one of my favourite photos of all time…
Just sneaking this second photo in under the banner of ‘Hosts Privilege’.