PHOTO ESSAY: FROM COLONNADED STREET TO TREASURY PETRA
“Wow … I walked 26 kilometers,” Rayner said.
I did not understand why my pedometer was not working so I did not know how far I was walking. But if Rayner walked about 2 kilometers from the hostel then I walked 24 kilometers.
Even though I was exhausted, I was truly happy when I finally arrived at the last steps of the Monastery. We rested before continuing to walk towards the entrance. Rayner pointed to the Basin Restaurant in front of us, the largest restaurant in the national park but now closed due to the fasting month.
We sat on the veranda accompanied by hundreds of flies. We didn’t stay here long because Petra would close at 6 pm. Alternately we went to the toilet located beside the restaurant. This facility is better compared to other toilets in Petra. A local resident who keeps clean gave me a toilet paper roll.
The Basin Restaurant is about 4 kilometers from Petra’s main gate. The main road is better than the others, straight without hills or steep roads like other roads. What’s more, this area was open so Rayner walked in front of me, he went up to several caves. I did not know where he got all the energy from, he was still agile and excited. I stopped where he left me. Every now and then I walk toward the Treasury slowly while waiting for Rayner. Every time he returned, he always reported whether the cave was dirty or the smell of animal dung.
We stopped for a moment after reaching the Treasury. We took the time to admire its beauty. Although the treasure was quiet this morning, this afternoon was calmer. I love the quietness of this historic building while imagining how the Nabateans lived thousands of years ago. Surely this place is prosperous and busy. We met with a Jordanian guide who guided an Indonesian group. Her group only visited the Treasury and had to return to Amman as soon as possible. Too bad they did not see much because Petra isn’t just Treasury.
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