Couch Surfing in a Jordanian Cave
by Heather Bond
One of the most unique “couches” available on Couchsurfing.com (a website allowing users to create profiles of available housing to share with visitors) belongs to Ghassab Al-Bedoul. Al-Bedoul lives in Petra, Jordan and has offered up accommodations in his sandstone cave to visitors for the last four years.
Al-Bedoul is Bedouin, and like most Bedouin, they have made caves in Petra their home for hundreds of years. Since posting on Couchsurfing.com, Al-Bedoul has had over 1,200 visitors. His cave dwelling has solar powered lighting and can accommodate up to 10 people at a time. Along with the free accommodation, Al-Bedoul often takes visitors on mountain hikes and tours through Petra.
More on the cave-based “couch” can be seen at CNN.com
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Heather Bond posts from Chicago, the windiest city in the world. She likes yoga, pub trivia, a hot towel and a fully reclined seat. She hopes her next trip will be to Djibouti, because she loves to say Djibouti so much. Follow Heather on Twitter @metro_naturale