As a coincidence, not planned at all, I’ve visited 3 of the 6 wonders of the world the last month. Taj Mahal in India, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and now also The lost city of Petra in Jordan. That means I’ve now visited 6 of the 7 wonders. It’s actually not a big thing, since these places are far from the most impressive places or best experiences I’ve been to. They are often crowded, busy, expensive and time consuming to get to. That being said; they are also fascinating and impressive and I encourage people to visit them.
I did Petra just as a day trip from Eilat in Israel – or actually a long-day-trip. They told me it would take 9-10 hours, which I knew was bullshit – but I didn’t expect 14 hours and I guess 3 of those were spent border crossing between the countries. A lot of bureaucracy especially when you have a passport full of stamps from every continent! Anyways, when in arriving to Petra after 3-4 hours in a bus, the fun began. A 2,5 kilometer canyon hike that got narrower and narrower the closer I got to the lost city. The last meters made me feel like Indiana Jones, for about 5 seconds, then I reached the Chinese crowds and selfie-sticks and felt like one of them walking around with my 3 cameras.
Petra was built around 400 years BC, which is amazing in many ways. First; the architecture and secondly also the location. It’s located in the Jordanian desert mountains around 1400 meters above sea level hidden in the canyons. The way people could live here for more than 700 years was thanks to a sophisticated water system supplying the city with fresh water from the mountains. 700 years is a long time and 3 hours was enough for me.
Don’t mistake coincidence for fate. In one way I could never dream of this lifestyle or these experiences, but on the other hand I’ve always been adventurous wanting to go high, low and beyond that next turn. It feels prewritten. One of the good things traveling on your own is that you have a lot of time to think, and maybe even more important, feel. Think about life, yourself, what matters to you, how you want to live the rest of your life and the list goes on. Some birds are not meant to be caged. Now, after 3/4 of the trip, I’m pretty certain I will never go back to a 9-5 corporate job. I have an idea of how my want to live, at least the coming years, of my life. This trip is an adventure, almost every day. And I like it – or love it. On the other hand I’ve found out that home means a lot to me, so a mix of adventuring around the world and spending quality time at home with the people that matter to me, is hopefully my future. Time will tell.