Daily Archives: March 19, 2009

Off to Wadi Rum

Posted by on March 19, 2009

Mr. Dryden: Lawrence, only two kinds of creature get fun in the desert: Bedouins and gods, and you’re neither. Take it from me, for ordinary men, it’s a burning, fiery furnace.
T.E. Lawrence: No, Dryden, it’s going to be fun.

-Lawrence of Arabia

TE Lawrence during the Arab Revolt in WWI

TE Lawrence during the Arab Revolt in WWI

My all time, #1 favorite movie is Lawrence of Arabia. It is good on so many different levels it is hard to describe. If you haven’t seen it, you owe it to yourself to do so. See it on the largest screen you possibly can. I have had the pleasure of watching it twice in my life in 70mm, once on a giant parabolic screen.

Most of the movie was filmed in Jordan and the stunning desert scenes were all shot around Wadi Rum, where I’m off to tomorrow. I’m excited to go and I’m excited to take photos. The weather is starting to warm up here, so I hope the night time conditions aren’t too cold. I’ve done the sleeping outside in the desert cold when I went to Uluru in Australia, and I have no desire to do it again.

I have no idea if I am going to have internet access in Wadi Rum. I’m guessing not, but who knows. I’m always surprised at where I find it.

After a few days in Wadi Rum I’m off to Petra for a few days before I’ll head back to Aqaba and cross over into Israel. I still may go to Amman, but I’ll have to cross over the border again. If I don’t do it that way, I’m looking at a trip up to Amman, back down to Aqaba and then back up the border to visit the sites in southern Israel.

Win Travel Trinkets Thursday: Egyptian Necklace

Posted by on March 19, 2009

My last contest took forever and was sort of confusing. This time I’m going to make it much easier on everyone, including myself. All you have to do to win is to vote for Everything-Everywhere.com as Best Travelogue in the Lonely Planet Travel Blog Awards and leave a comment with “I voted”. This is on the honor system, so if you cheat and win, I’m going to put some sort of internet curse on you.

This cheap Egyptian necklace could be yours!

The item this week is a cheap necklace of what I think are lapis lazuli bits I got from an alabaster store on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor Egypt.

I was looking for something cheap to give away and I saw this necklace and figured it would fit into an envelope. I asked one of the guys working at the store how much it cost and he said “for you my friend, you may have it for free”. At this point my BS detector started going off because nothing is free in Egypt. Sure enough, without skipping a beat, he then asked for a 10 pound tip. 10 pounds is about US$1.80. I asked him why he just didn’t sell me the necklace for 10 pounds and avoid the song and dance of giving it to me for free with a tip. He then wanted 15 pounds, and I gave him the necklace back, and he then suddenly settled for 10 pounds.

I’d say this necklace has a retail price of $1.80 but the fact is if I had bothered to haggle, I’m sure I could have gotten it for half that price.

So this can be all yours for the low, low price of nothing. All you have to do is 1) vote, 2) leave a comment with “I voted”. If voting is closed, just say I would have voted.

I’ll close comments in a few days, pick a random number and email the winner.