May 13, 2009

Al-Beidha Bedouin Village Scenes
Al-Beidha, Jordan

Settling in on our first evening, we took the opportunity walk around our tiny village of 44 families in the fading daylight.

Even though we'd scarcely set foot in the place, we were already known by most people in the village as guests of Talal. And as if it wasn't odd enough to folks that we were foreigners and staying here, we'd actually brought along a 16-month-old child to boot. Aidric attracts crowds like a celebrity—his ability to draw people to him knows no limits. If anyone didn't know we were staying in the village before our walk, they certainly did by nightfall.

As for Al-Beidha—it's small and very rural. Tatiana's particularly pleased that I requested we bring an unusually bulky amount of diapers and baby-related kit with us from Israel, as there are slim pickin's, and then there's the Bedouin level of selections: almost totally nonexistent.

There are two small corner stores in the village. One is no bigger than a closet and is mostly frequented by barefooted children for drinks and small candies (certainly not the dusty cans of random foodstuffs). The other actually has a refrigerator and sells a larger assortment of random goods (though you're certainly not gonna find any toilet paper in these parts—come prepared or learn to wash with your hand and a pitcher of water). I can already tell that Tatiana's going to be hungry all the time here.

As we walked around the village briefly we slowly collected more children in our wake—Aidric's fan club, I suppose.

Then we headed up to the flat roof of Talal's family home to have a look at the setting sun…

Although we were comfortable sleeping in the living room (should they have wanted us there), Talal insisted we sleep in one of the rooms on the new second story of the home.

The second level of the home has been under construction for quite a while, and will be the residence of Talal's married brother. It's slowly being constructed as there's money for such things. There's a lot of living space up there (with a nonfunctional kitchen and three rooms), but as it stands today, it's quite unfinished.

Truly the best thing about living in a space like this is that there's absolutely nothing for Aidric to break or bother—it's perfect.

Comments:

Canada

Sean

September 17th, 2009

I must say you sure did pick an interesting spot. This is exactly the sort of place I would visit, quiet, no tourist, and you can't get more local. I'm curious to know what the weather is like. I'm guessing very cold nights, but what about during the day…for some reason it doesn't strick me as being a particularly humid enviroment. But this is only my guess

Thailand

Craig | travelvice.com

September 17th, 2009

Most of the region receives less than 50mm (2 inches) of rainfall a year. It's a tremendously arid area that feels just like Arizona in the middle of the summer — a dry, sauna-like heat. Fortunately, mid-May was before the worst of the summer heat set in, so while days were hot, they weren't unmanageable. It did get very chilly in the evenings, but didn't feel as cold as it was getting in Jerusalem, despite being another 1000ft above sea level (Al-Beidha's elevation is at about 1100m — 3600ft).

Besides… there aren't really even any street lights in this little village. There's simply no reason to go walking around in the dark, save for a wonderful view of the star-filled sky that you can have from the roof.

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