Jordan – Petra – and the animals.

It is an experience to travel back into cultures where animals are still used as the beasts of burden. At the wonderful city of Petra in Jordan there are all manner of animals used. Tourists can ride down to the place in a horse and trap, on a donkey or a camel.

In the West we have become used to these tasks being carried out by vehicles. I am not sure that I am used to seeing animals used in this way. I did not like it. The donkeys were carrying heavy people and seemed too small for the load and the horses were raced with their hooves slipping on the rock. Only the camels seemed large enough to take the strain easily.

We walked. But then it might just have been my sensibilities.

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