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Lessons from Petra

Following a hot and sweaty walk through a siq (a canyon), past numerous tombs while bumping shoulders with braying donkeys, and up 845 steps, we found ourselves marveling at the immensity of the Monastery. The Monastery is the largest tomb located in Jordan’s most famous Nabatean archaeologist site, Petra. Tombs carved out of sandstone are stark reminders of mankind’s desire to comprehend death. Feeling small and insignificant at the base of the 135 foot tomb, the Monastery serves as a reminder to everyone to stop, be present, and face all experiences, new or familiar, as a traveler.