Since we’re all stuck at home right now and travel has ground to a halt, I thought I would share some of my old travel memories to provide something to look forward to, or at least to dream about.
I had the good fortune to visit Petra in mid-February 2020, right before the coronavirus hit. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, reminding me of a cross between Cappadocia, Machu Picchu, and the Wild West. I could write a book on it, but for now I’m just going to focus on the amazing animals of Petra.
In Petra the Bedouins are everywhere, riding around on donkeys and mules, yelling to each other, and offering rides to tourists, which makes it a very lively place and not like a dead city at all. The number of animals is astonishing: puppies, donkeys, camels, mules, and horses, many of which take shelter in the tombs. The puppies are adorable, but there are too many of them; they really should spay and neuter their animals. One Bedouin merchant with kohl-lined eyes saw me watching some puppies and asked if I wanted to bring one home for free. I said I wished I could!
Here are some of my favorite animal pics I took in Petra (and a few from other places in Jordan).