I am a Bedouin, born in one of the caves inside the ancient city of Petra. My whole family have lived in Petra from many generations. I grew up in this wonderful city. Then, when 22, I went to Germany to study, and ended up living there during 17 years working in a hospital as a nurse. I came back to Jordan in the beginning of 2009 and I am now working by myself as a tour guide in different languages, especially Arabic, German and English. I still have a nice family house in a village next to Petra, but I like to spend most of my time in my caves, which are in very beautiful areas, one in Petra, and one in Little Petra.
You may want to spend some time in a cave during your trip in Jordan, for a tea, a dinner, or even a night : feel free to come and share this Bedouin cultural experience with me ! As you might know, Bedouins are very kind people, and if you are not sure about it, just come and try by yourself !
A Bedouin is one who was born and raised in the desert or mountain wilderness and lives alongside nature in black tents or in caves, usually raising and shepherding goats, sheeps, donkeys, horses or camels. One who can navigate and live with ease in the desert. A person who knows how to use all kinds of herbs as food, drink and medicine.
Bedouins have simple life, though their famed hospitality and generosity are no myth. A Bedouin accepts and appreciates what (s)he has and is willing to share this. Happy to give and assist. Proud of who (s)he is and loyal to the land. A Bedouin sees bounty where you perceive barrenness and finds poetry in everything. It is more than a name, it is a way of life.