The lowest point on earth

Trip Start Jun 15, 2005
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Trip End Jul 03, 2005


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Sunday, June 19, 2005

After breakfast, we went to the orphanage to continue our work there. We didn't get to meet with the children today but spent most of our time painting the rails. Hopefully we'd be able to get them finished by the time we leave. There are 3 floors and we're only completed half of the first floor.
I hope that we'll be able to spend more time later with the children and the teachers. One of the ladies spoke very fluent English and I hope I'll get the chance to speak to her. It'll be good to hear from a woman's point of view in this country.

After lunch, we headed to the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea!!! Wooo hoooo! Imagine that! The lowest point on earth. And I'm going to be there!
It was a 1 hr drive and the roads drop dramatically as we got closer to the Dead Sea. It was breathtaking as mountains rose and fell all across the land. Most of the area remained untouched by modernization. I could almost imagine Moses walking across the desert and John the Baptist giving his teachings and baptizing the people at the Baptism site.
We ran down to the beach after paying an exorbitant JD4 entry fee. Jumping into the water, it was a weird sensation. Due to the high concentration of salt in the water, it felt a little slimy on my skin. I laid back and immediately floated. It was quite funny. We tried swimming around but our legs just simply wouldn't sink. It bobbed up and down and I felt like a beach whale. Salt water got into my eyes at one point and it stung like a bitch! My eyes immediately teared and I felt as though someone just poured hot sauce right on my eyeball. I was tearing down the path to find clean water to wash out the salt water.


We found a spot where the mud were and started slapping it all over ourselves. This is the Dead Sea Mud- found in many high end spa resorts all over the world. Here, it's free! As we were happily slapping on mud, a 60-year-old man came up to us and asked if he could have a picture with us. He told us that it has always been his dream to come to here. He couldn't swim and this was the perfect spot for him, he exclaimed. We found out that he's from Baghdad and this was his first time to the Dead Sea. I think he was thrilled to see the bikini clad women, as he ran off after that to another 2 women to pose with them.

As the sun began to set, we took off and drove up to Mount Nebo. This is the most important biblical site in Jordan. It's where Moses, having led the Israelites for 40 years in the desert finally saw the Promised Land that God had promised. He died on that mountain. There is a church right on top and the view in awe-inspiring. Words could not describe the beauty and majesty as the huge orangy-red ball of the sun set behind the mountainous ranges. The church was closed, so we'll have to come back another day.

It's been an amazing day!
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