Yesterday we flew from Tel Aviv to Eilat at the bottom of Israel. We took a boat ride on the Red Sea, then made the crossing into Jordan. A little different than your average crossing, you have to get off your bus a few hundred feet from the border, drag your luggage to the Israeli passport/custom control and get processed (costing $25/person to get out), then drag your luggage a few hundred feet across no-man’s land (required to walk through the Duty Free store along the way), then get processed into Jordan and get on a Jordanian bus.
Next stop, Wadi Rum, a beautiful area of sandstone cliffs and the location for several movie sets (including Lawrence of Arabia, Red Planet, and The Martian). It was a very hazy day due to blowing sand, so the vistas weren’t completely clear, but they were still great! We took a jeep ride through the cliffs where we met up with a group of Bedouins.