We only had three full days in Jordan, so after spending the day in Amman, we went to Petra. Now normally we would have taken a bus, but instead we hired a taxi driver for the day to take us from Amman to Petra and then from Petra to Dana. We couldn't have had a better taxi driver. He took us to get food at a place he normally frequents for breakfast and stopped at locations along the way he thought we'd want to see (and we did).
So I went to Petra. Check it off the bucket list. Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It's a historical and archaeological city carved into rock mountains built in 312 BCE. It wasn't discovered to the Western world until 1812. It's indescribable how beautiful Petra is.You may recognize Petra from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
I seriously want to know why these random guys were dressed in costumes.
It's a pretty good walk to get to all the major parts of the city, but for a nice fee you have the option to go by horse, camel, or donkey. How convenient! I do have one complaint about the entire experience: the cost to get into Petra. It costs $50 Jordanian Dinar (or $70 dollars!!!!) for one day!!! The entire experience is worth whatever charge at the gate, but damn that's a lot of money just to look at some shit. Then again it is a wonder of the world!
While at Petra we ran into another group of AUC students that were also in Jordan for the Eid break. We ended up spending our last night in Amman with them and causing a mini-riot, but that's for another post.