family is studing my book about Norway. The eyes became
really big when they saw photos of Trolls. Copyright © Travel Explorations.
wandering for hours on 8 July this year (2005) become real rewarding when I
spotted the first small Bedouin camps. I was desperate for finding a big shadow
where I could hide from the hot burning sun. Sooner or later I will be
overheated if I didn't find an appropriate place to rest. Therefore I was
delighted to be invited by the Bedouins to join them in their tents, so I could
For protection against the sun and to be a part of the Bedouin society, I
wear a scarf on my head as the Bedouins do. It's called "Hata" for men. It`s
based on an old tradition, and it's means honour. My Bedouin name become "Dims",
based on my original name Stein, which means "stone" or "rock".
Jordan is the country for the ultimate desert adventure.
Here you can meet several nomadic groups as the Bedouin people, and experience
their culture and lifestyle. The word Bedu comes from the Arabic word, Badawi,
which means "a dweller of the desert".
Photos. Stein is walking in
the Dana desert.
Copyright © Travel Explorations.
The Bedouins have learned to survive in a harsh landscape and an extreme
climate. They treat the surroundings with completely respect, knowing that the
wilderness has no respect for fools. The Bedouins walk continuously on a thin
line between life and death, balancing with enormous strength and unique
The wild nature of the Dana region
region is covered by canyons and mountains, which extend from the top of the
Rift Valley down to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba, an elevation drop of over
Dana embraces two major biogeographically zones and four distinct
vegetation zones and contains a remarkable diversity of landscapes, ranging from
wooded highlands and rocky slopes to gravel plains and sand dunes. It supports a
wide variety of wildlife, including many rare species of plants and animals.
|Photo. A Bedouin tent in Dana - harsh
conditions for living.
© Travel Explorations.
In the Dana desert there is definitely no air condition. It's more like a
"fire condition", or shall a say a natural sauna (hot bath). There is not much
to do in day without being roasted by the sun. The Bedouin way of life is to
take it easy: Not hurry, not worry! The most important
thing for them in the day times is to take care of their herds of goats and
sheeps, so they don't loose them.
Photos. Bedouin people showed their best hospitality. Copyright © Travel
On the photo to the right locals are eagerly studing my
book about my homecountry Norway.
Nothing much happens in the day time in the hottest season, but when the
evenings comes it starts to get lively. To sit by the bonfire together with the
Bedouins eating, drinking, talking and sing, is a wonderful experience. It's
also a special experience sleeping out in open air with dogs, goats, camels,
donkeys, cats, bunnies around you. How would it be like to be kissed by a donkey
or a camel in the night? Read coming stories on our website about my journey
through the land of the Bedouins nomads.
Jordan - Coming up news and articles
coming weeks Travel Explorations will publish more stories about Bedouins and
about Jordan in general. We will cover ancient wonders, mysteries, nature,
legends about Lawrence of Arabia and more.
The wide range of opportunities in the region as sightseeing tours,
pilgrimage tours, SPA therapy treatments, bathing in the natural hot springs,
hiking in beautiful canyons and nature reserves, diving in the Red Sea, camel
treks in the desert and other great adventure tours, make it interesting for
everyone with passion for travelling.
One highlight is to experience the "rose-red" city of
Petra, an UNESCO world heritage site. The city was carved out from a mountain by the Nabaten. And even
more: the whole Jordan is full of ancient sites, tombs and monasteries. Many sites are
still unexplored. Today several excavations are going on around in the country.
Another highlight is swimming at the lowest point on Earth, which 400 meters
below sea level. Actual the expression of swimming is not totally correct while
you will rather be floating than swimming in the Dead Sea.
Stein Morten Lund, 17 July 2005
tour operator Jordan Beauty Tours made my tour become a great adventure for life.
Especially thanks to these persons: Joseph, Ibrahim, Abdulah and Ali.
Contact information for our recommended tour operator in Jordan (who also
arrange tours to other countries in the Middle East):
Tel. +962 795581644
Fax. +962 3 2154 999
Near Movenpick Hotel
P.O.Box : 8