PHOTO: Bedouin man smoking hookah

Today's travel image from the Middle East is of a Jordanian Bedouin man smoking hookah shisha early in the morning outside our camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

Today’s travel image from the Middle East is of a Jordanian Bedouin man smoking hookah shisha early in the morning outside our camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

As I wiped the sleep from my eyes, I found myself stretched out on a blanket nearby the extinguished campfire.

The swarthy Bedouin man with a distinct mustache gingerly placed the end of the water-pipe in his mouth and rapidly started inhaling.

Bubbles formed at the bottom of the water-pipe making a noise similar to an overheating pot spewing water from its top.

Several seconds later he exhaled, puffing smoke out of his mouth.

“Shi Shisha. Arghila. Egypt Shisha. Egypt Arghila,” he said as I was now sitting up and firing exposures with my dSLR.

Smoking hookah (locally known as shisha or Arghila) is common practice throughout the Middle East.

It’s one of the most social ways to spend time with friends at any hour of the day.

While in Istanbul, Turkey I passed many cafes where men huddled around small tables playing board games, drinking tea and exhaling tobacco.

Ditto in Israel.

However, nothing could compare to the experience of doing it out in the middle of the desert with surroundings of nothing but our tents, campfire and stars in the sky.

It’s moments like these that you don’t forget over time.

This is a travel image from Wadi Rum, Jordan.

My experience sleeping in a Bedouin tent was part of my recent collaboration with My Jordan Journey; however, all of the bad jokes I told and puffs of smoke I exhaled from the water-pipe were all my own.

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