16th April 2014
It’s very rare for me to be asked to lead a trip more than once, but when I got the nod from Jonny and Marc to say that I would be heading back to Jordan, a little wave of excitement definitely passed through me. Jordan is a fascinating country and last time I was here I made some good friends so it feels a little bit like home from home as I’m welcomed back with open arms.
I’m currently sitting in Wadi Musa, looking out over the hills of Petra, reflecting on the past couple of days of sightseeing. This trip has got the perfect mix of riding and culture. How can you come to Jordan and not explore the ancient sights and lost cities, take in Petra's fascinating history and marvel at its thrilling beauty? Petra is awesome and for us “horsey” people, our heads are easily turned as we eye up the horses being led down to the entrance of the Siq, with nervous tourists aboard. Don't get me wrong, we all had the option to ride ourselves, it's included in the price of the entance ticket, but we all turned it down to avoid the slight risk of humiliation of being put on a leading rein – as far as we’re concerned our riding begins tomorrow - today we walk!
The one thing that always surprises me about Petra is how far you can walk, today we’ve walked down the Siq, past the Treasury and up the 800 odd steps to the Monastery and back again; we’ve been on our feet all day and have probably walked about 15km without even realising it. I think everyone’s going to enjoy getting into the saddle tomorrow, but for now the day’s not over and we’re off for aJordanian cooking lesson!