Floating In The Dead Sea And Back To Amman.

Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2018


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Monday, November 10, 2008

People strolling nonchalantly along the beach caked completely in black & grey mud, steaming hazy air and lukewarm water that forces you to float half out of the water- sounds crazy? The Dead Sea is crazy!

For a start it is the lowest point on earth at 400 metres below sea level. Then its chemical makeup means nothing, absolutely nothing, lives in it. You are not going to step on a crab or have a bit of seaweed drift by. Then the other weird thing is that there are no craft whatsoever on the sea. Apparently the high buoyancy makes it impossible. 

The mud is supposed to have regenerating properties for the skin and organs and Dead Sea products are sold all over the world. 

We had a little drama when we first arrived at the Dead Sea. Avan went to use the binoculars we had borrowed from our driver and a panic attack set in. He had noticed the night previously that sand had stuck to them when they fell into the sand at Wadi Rum and had carefully washed them the previous night. Now there was moisture inside and total blank. Feeling pretty guilty the next move was to put them on the back ledge of the car in the sun, while we went for our swim (float). Fortunately on our return they had dried (in fact close to melting) and again worked, yea.

After a lunch overlooking the Dead Sea and browse through their products we got back in our car for the trip back to Amman and our last night in Jordan.

The next day, as our flight was not until the evening our driver took us for a tour of the city including museums, the citadel, and an incredible Roman ampitheatre that is still in use for concerts and opera. Finally it was to the airport for a flight to Damascus.
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