Nestled between sandstone mountains lies Petra, a place dubbed the “Rose City” due to the color of the stone which it was carved out of. And more than just one of the 7 New World Wonders (and my favorite out of the four I have been to so far), Petra holds thousands of stories that remain untold.
Being in Petra has been one of my travel highlights - not only is it a beautiful place, but it is also so vast that it is easy to escape the crowds and feel like you are traveling back in time (at least during low season).
Another favorite aspect of my time here? The people I met who allowed me to photograph them. Meet the people I met in Petra.
This beautiful lady sells handcrafted jewelry made from bones and stones she finds in the area. She is a Bedouin and lives in the nearby regions inside Wadi Musa.
As it is in most touristy places, the number of hustlers trying to sell you something is endless. She, however, was simply sitting next to a pillar displaying her crafts in silence.
I decided to approach her and we spoke for a good ten minutes. Instead of buying from her, she suggested we should exchange the candle holder she is grabbing on the picture (which I had bought earlier in Amman) for a few of her necklaces and bracelets.
Two women who are sisters and have been selling crafts for tourists the past two decades. From gorgeous marble-like camels to unique turquoise necklaces and much more. They were sitting next to a hut where they were burning wood to keep themselves warm.
They did not speak enough English for me to be able to get a better story from them, but they do say an image speaks a thousand words, so I hope it will suffice.
A part of me wishes these photos didn't exist because I found the situation quite heartbreaking. It was a weekday at around 10am when it was taken.
And what should children be doing at this day and time of the week?
Not selling postcards to bring money back home for their parents.
Unfortunately, this is the reality for a lot of children in developing countries. No school and more work at such a tender age.
Despite this and his decaying teeth due to lack of access to basic hygiene tools, this little angel gave me one of the most beautiful and genuine smiles I have ever seen.