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Published: September 20th 2019
The Dead Sea
This morning after breakfast, the group headed to the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea
is salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. It is one of the world’s first health resorts and has been the supplier of a variety of products including asphalt for Egyptian Mummification, Potash for fertilizers, cosmetics and herbal supplements. Because the salt is so dense, people can float above the water. However, because of its harsh mineral content, plants and animals cannot flourish. Sadly, the Sea is shrinking at an alarming rate above 3 feet per year.
The Sea was so salty that the cuts Renata and I got while we were in Egypt in Dahab from our snorkeling adventure at the Red Sea started to burn. It was not the most comfortable experience and we felt that we couldn’t spend long in the water. Anyway, our Guide said not to spend longer than 15 minutes at a time in the Sea, and we took his advice. Back on land, we saw local vendors selling Dead Sea mud. The Dead Sea mud has many health
The Temple of Hercules
benefits including improving psoriasis, reducing skin impurities, and relieving back and arthritis pain to name a few. Renata and I decided not to get the mud stains because we heard that they can stain your bathing suits. Instead, we relaxed by the pool nearby. We also headed to the gift shop to buy some Dead Sea salt souvenirs to give our family and friends back home. We had a buffet lunch at the resort by the Dead Sea and then it was off to explore the sites in Amman. The Temple of Hercules
The first site that we saw was the Temple of Hercules. The Temple of Hercules is located in the Amman Citadel, a historical site at the centre of downtown Amman. Th site contains a hand carved out of stone which is identified as that of Hercules. The statue to which the hand belonged was estimated to be over 12 meters tall and was most likely destroyed in an earthquake. All that remains are three fingers and an elbow. The Roman Theatre
After exploring the Temple of Hercules, and a
The Hand of Hercules
nearby museum it was time to head over to the Roman Theatre. The Roman Theatre dates back to the Roman period when the city was known as Philadelphia. When we reached the Roman Theatre, I passed my step count by running up the stairs of the Roman Theatre in order to take this picture of the Theatre from the top.
After exploring the Roman Theatre, it was time to head back to our hotel in Amman. After having our last official Jordanian meal at a local restaurant it was time to pack for our return journey home. We were leaving the hotel early at 3:00 a.m. It was bittersweat, as endings to most trips are. I am going to miss our time in Egypt exploring the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, our the Hot Air balloon Ride and the relaxing felucca journey. I am going to miss the desert of Wadi Rum and the beautiful rose city of Petra. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to make the trip back again to these wonderful destinations, but there is so much more of the world that I want to explore. So
stay tuned for our next trip. Until then!
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