the foreign Service journal
By ALDA KAUFFELD
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uring a recent visit to Petra, the ancient caravan-city in Jordan that was an important cross-
roads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia, I came across this scene. The old Bedouin
rababa player and his charming grandson were playing music for tourists passing by, and
were so caught in the moment and comfortable with their surroundings that they seemed to
Petra is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions
blend with Hellenistic architecture. Located between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, the city is half
built, half carved into the rock and surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges.
Alda Kauffeld is a Foreign Service spouse posted in Amman, where she works as the embassy’s EFM residential
security coordinator. The Kauffeld family has served in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Ghana and Jordan. She is a profes-
sional photographer and winner of the 2009 National Photo Award. She was awarded “Best in Show” by the
Art in Embassies “Through Their Eyes” worldwide Defense Department and State Department Photography
Contest in 2012.