We were inside a Bedouin goat-haired tent deep inside Wadi Rum soaking in the hospitality of our friend’s uncle (photo below). Even though he was easily the oldest man and most respected in the tent, he was the one serving us and we were his guests; Bedouin hospitality really is a special thing.
After enjoying fresh coffee and dates, we left the tent to take some pictures of the surroundings at sunset. The massive orange mountains shooting out of the desert were impressive enough. However, our above photo of his children playing soccer is what left the greatest impression on me. What a beautiful backyard.
Often described as majestic and other-worldly, Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert is one of the most unique and breath-taking areas in the Middle East. These kids were just playing soccer in their backyard. Puts all my childhood backyards to shame.
Do you have a favorite place in the world you have seen locals just playing in their backyard? Perhaps, a place viewed as normal to them, but other-wordly to you? Leave a comment, we would love to hear.
Also, for more photos of Wadi Rum and photos from this experience and others, check out our new ‘Wadi Rum Desert Jordan’ Facebook Album.