Bedouins Drinking Tea in Little Petra, Petra, Jordan

Jul 8, 2019

Iuliana Marchian

How the Photo was Taken

Drinking tea is maybe one of the most popular activities Bedouins do every day. Not only you see them drinking tea wherever you go, but you will also be invited to join them, no matter who you are. Young Bedouins and old Bedouins drink tea in their tents, in their caves, or simply just sitting in the shade. There might be a war nearby – and the neighboring countries are actually a proof for that, but Bedouins keep their calm and enjoy another glass of tea.

I took this photo in Little Petra after two Bedouins had a fight. They fought for a couple of minutes until other two Bedouins came and put an end to their quarrel. After that, they sat squatted and joined another glass of tea and smoked shisha.

I used a compact, light camera – a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 (20.1MP), easy to carry and with a 50x optic zoom. For shooting this photo, I used: ISO160, aperture priority – f/3.5, focal length – 13 mm, and exposure time – 1/20 seconds. I haven’t altered the photo by any means, I have just resized it to fit the current requirements.

Drinking tea and smoking shisha is part of Bedouin’s lives. They have always fought for their land and they will never give up their caves in Petra, but when it comes to drinking tea, they forget everything and take a break to enjoy the beauty of the moment.

Photo Location

Little Petra, Petra, Jordan

About the Author

Iuliana Marchian

Iuliana is a passionate explorer, travel writer, and blogger (, based in Sibiu, Romania. Her life motto is simple: “We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting” (Khalil Gibran). Iuliana likes to travel at a slow pace and to remoter places. Riding a camel amidst sand dunes in a desert, that’s the moment she feels authentic. She has specialized in the Balkan /Middle Eastern countries, showcasing in her work remoter places of these regions.

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