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Petra

It is impossible not to be amazed by what we see in Petra. Consequently, it was chosen as one of the Seven Wonders of the Contemporary World.

As we planned our trip through Israel, we realized checking the local tourism sites that there is a two-day tour to Jordan, through Amam and Petra. I confess that visiting Petra was not on my top-travel list. However, since we faced with that real possibility, I started to read and inform myself as much as possible about the place and, I can say: I was enchanted!

Arriving in Petra, my reaction was none other than being absolutely surprised the most of the time, not only for the stunning beauty of the place, but also for physical efforts we need to do in order to access its key points.

See the pictures below and tell me whether or not I had reason to react like that !?

Durante o caminho até o segundo

On the way to the second “key point” of Petra, there are many sellers of diverse items, like pomegranate juice and magnets.

Obrigada, Deus, por colocar diante desses olhos tanta beleza.

Thanks, God, for putting such beauty in front of my eyes! <3

Para pessoas com mobilidade reduzida ou problemas no joelho, como eu, há alternativas de transporte dento da cidade-rosa.

For people with reduced mobility or knee problems, like me, there are alternative transportation within the pink city.

Confession and impressions about Jordan

Na fronteira entre Israel e Jordânia

On the border between Israel and Jordan

I must confess that I underestimated Jordan for lack of knowledge.

This South-East Asian country caught my attention, at first place, by having in its territory one of the New Wonders of the Modern World – Petra. After two days of a bus trip through its territory, I realized that the Jordanian Haxemite Kingdom, its official name, goes far beyond that. Below are some impressions …

Diante do Tesouro, em Petra

In front of the Treasury in Petra

a) It is a country with more than 90% of muslim that live well with practitioners of other religions. Our guide, for example, was a Christian;

Aman, a capital do país

Aman, the capital of Jordan

b) Jordanians have great appreciation for the royal family (Jordan is a constitutional monarchy). The Queen Rania Al Abdullah is well known, world-wide, for her beauty and style;

c) Jordan is a country open to refugees, mostly from Syria and Palestine;

d) It is in Jordan that the largest archaeological sites related to the Roman empire outside of Rome take place;

e) It is through Jordan that the Palestinians enter in the Palestinian Territory when they travel by plane to other countries, since many of them have the entrance prohibited in Israel;

f) Jordanians can understand more Portuguese than we can imagine. In conversations we had they reported me some similarities.

Eu continuo sem entender nada de árabe... rs

I still do not understand any Arabic … rs

Live and let live

When you travel to a distant place (not only physically) from the reality of everyday life, the tendency is to happen an initial astonishment. In my case, this “shock” is usually accompanied by a greater improvement of the senses, and here I am not referring only to the “sixth sense” … I look more focused; the hearing gets more concentrated to the sounds or to the silence; the smell gets absolutely intensified … I live the present, as if I didn’t remember of the past or even about the expectations and anxieties of the future.

These sensory connections allow me to live the here and now, in a state of attention. I feel alive and complete, as I often forget to exercise when I am in my “natural habitat.” This is then, for me, one of the great benefits of moving toward new experiences.

I will never forget my first days in Jerusalem. I felt absolutely “lost” and this had nothing to do with not knowing where I was. No. I felt absorbed in a new reality. A reality in which religion utterly dictates people’s lives. I even felt a bit “unfaithful.” For a Christian Catholic woman who grow up her faith in the midst of a parish community, experiencing Jerusalem in the first two days, was at least a reason for a lot of meditation.

Pelas ruas de Jerusalém provando novos sabores

Through the streets of Jerusalem tasting new flavours.

I also hope to never forget the surprise I had when I realized that, yes, it is possible to live in the midst of rivers in the Amazon. The boat shuttle to come and go everywhere. The trade with scarce items kept on “palafitas” (houses above the water). Children who can’t go to school in the heavy flood season. The life that is maintained through the nutrients offered by the forest itself and rivers. The fact that, in the XXI century, a family doesn’t have television at home and only know the outside world through the news heard on a radio stack. This was all shocking to see with my own eyes.

Água que não acaba mais (a época das chuvas ainda não tinha nem começado)

Water everywhere (the rainy season hadn’t yet started) – market in the background.

Goiaba colhida no quintal da casa de caboclos

Guava harvested in the backyard of the caboclos house

The stay in Jordan was short but lasting enough to realize the lack of presence of women in day-to-day tourist activities, such as the maintenance of a Bedouin camp where we spent the night in Petra. The men served the meals; they were also the responsible for entertaining the tourists with their singing and clapping of synchronized palms. I didn’t see any woman in the place. I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that in Jordan 90% of the population is Muslim, according to Wikipedia, but seeing a reality so different from the one I live in my country was a true expansion of consciousness.

Campo beduíno em Petra (essas barraquinhas brancas são os quartos).

Bedouin camp in Petra (these tents are the bedrooms, dining room and collective restrooms).

Confraternizando em Petra

Confraternizing in Petra

Last but not least, I remember Cuba. Anyone who goes to Havana and is not impressed, definitely didn’t experience the reality of the place. In Havana, there is almost no advertising. The only ones that exist make reference to the socialism and the figures of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. I didn’t even see the picture of the brother Raul. I don’t believe that the “regime” still works in its entirety, but by official propaganda, it is in full execution. I don’t think I have ever seen a people so similar to the Brazilians as the Cuban. And I’m not just talking about the physical characteristics … they’re rhythmic, they love to dance, and they share an admirable positivity. I wish I had taken candies to distribute to the children. These items are absolutely rare there.

Na Fusterlândia (ainda escreverei um post contando sobre esse lugar em Havana)

In Fusterland

Dentro de uma farmácia em Havana (repare na foto de Che no mural)

Photo taken inside a drugstore in Havana while a guy treated my newly injured foot (note Che’s picture and message about the Revolution on the mural)

Essa foto poderia ter sido tirada em Salvador ou em São Luís do Maranhão não fosse pelas crianças jogando basebol.

This photo could have been taken in Salvador or in São Luís, Maranhão State, apart for the sport (baseball) chosen…