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Mercantile Exchange in Petra

Listed under Markets in Petra, Jordan.

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I started climbing to the High Place of Sacrifice and it wasn’t long before I was greeting by a young boy on a donkey who watched me huff and puff my way up the steps. When I reached the area where he was waiting he asked,
“Donkey mam?”
“No, I don’t want a donkey.”
“Why not – donkey is good – very fast.”
“No, I want to exercise.”

He didn’t seem satisfied with my answer and pushed a bit more trying to secure the sale.  He finally gave up when I offered to take a picture of him instead. He seemed pleased with his modeling gig and kindly let me finish my ‘exercise’ as he continued downward to convince the next panting tourist. It was a steep climb in and out of the shadows, winding deeper into the rocks. I would stop to catch my breath and talk to the many jewelry vendors on the path; Bedouin women had set up ‘booths’ along the path pleading for you to stop and look.

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Written by  Sherry Ott.

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