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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea December 26th 2010

For the next few days, our base is in Amman, a blog about it will come next. Our next little stop is the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth as they say. We hire a taxi from Amman. The main Jordanian strip on the Dead Sea is a mere 50km from Amman, and a return taxi is only 30JD, or around 42usd. The Dead Sea is said to be disappearing soon due mainly to pollution issues, aka over usage of water in the region. The only easy "tourist" access you have to the Dead Sea is either from a hotel or one of the "beaches". The place is also under high surveillance, as you have Palestine just on the other side of the water...and we all know the sad situation going down there. Our pick ... read more
this position is more fun...
Dead Sea
Amman Beach

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea December 23rd 2010

« Back » on the road after a few weeks break in France and on for a new humanitarian mission, after one year in North Korea, I have now moved to Baghdad, Iraq! Middle East is now my second home so do expect a lot of blogs from that part of the world ! The first one of this series is dedicated to the Dead Sea in Jordan … Mud, Salt & Sea ! Long week end in Amman before starting my mission, explored already many sites in the capital city and felt like going for a little “escape” from the crowd so when my colleagues mentioned that by the dead sea the temperature would be about 7 degrees warmer than Amman although only at 45mn drive from the capital I made my mind immediately! The ... read more
Chill out time
Gold and more gold !
Very relaxed...

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea November 14th 2010

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth at 400m below sea level with a salinity level of 31%. Well OK, the Marianas Trench in the South China Sea off the Philippines is the lowest point on the surface of the earth. So to be technical, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth that's on land. And technically it's not a sea either, but a lake that is 9 times saltier than a real sea. The salt content is because there is no exit for water from the lake except by evaporation. So the minerals and salts dissolved in the water stay behind when the water evaporates. Due to the salinity, it is devoid of fish, but not completely empty of life. It turns out there are vast quantities of salt loving microbes ... read more
Amman Beach on Dead Sea
W.. floating on Dead Sea
E.. floating on Dead Sea

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea November 14th 2010

There are many hot springs around the Dead Sea area, and the hot spring water falls at Hammamat Ma'in, just off the Dead Sea highway are truly spectacular. They were a great way of washing the last of the itchy and scratchy Dead Sea salts off before going back to our hotel. Certainly better than the cold pool that waited for us at our hotel. ... read more
Hammamat Ma'in Hot Springs
Hammamat Ma'in Hot Springs
Hammamat Ma'in Hot Springs

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea November 14th 2010

Bethany Beyond the Jordan is where Jesus was dunked in the Jordan river by John the Baptist in a symbolic cleansing ceremony. The suspected original baptism site has been dug up, since the river has now moved a little further to the west to form the border between Jordan and the West Bank (ceded to a Palestinian State by King Hussein). Of course, the Israelis are unlikely to give up access to the water, as the current fight is more about water rights than even land. The Jordanian signs repeatedly emphasize the Bible quotes saying Jesus was dipped on the East bank of the Jordan river. On the West bank meanwhile, there were people conducting dunking ceremonies into the now filthy waters of the Jordan creek - just a trickle so it's hard to call it ... read more
Jordan River
West Bank of Jordan River
Jordan River

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea July 23rd 2010

This morning we set of for the lowest place on the planet not covered by water. We stopped at an elevation of 422 metres BELOW sea level on the East Bank of the Dead Sea overlooking Israel. With eagerness we grabbed our cameras and books and ran into the dead sea to discover what all the fuss is about. It turns out that the dead sea is very salty. Life jackets are not required, as drowning isn't really an option. They have life guards on duty on the beach, but I'm not convinced they can swim - actually it is very difficult to swim in the dead sea. It is so salty that everything floats incredibly well and it is actually hard to swim when you are floating so high up in the water. We decided ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea June 23rd 2010

Very excited this morning, today we are going to the Dead Sea! We check out and are picked up at 8:30am (or as our driver says ‘eight and the thirty’) for a 3 hour drive to get there. It’s a great drive, through more windy mountains and with some of the biggest dust storms we’ve seen the whole trip, we can’t even see 30 centimetres in front of the car at times. We see a sign saying 326km to Iraq, Saudi Arabia is also not far, don’t want to make a wrong turn here! THE DEAD SEA We get to the Amman Tourist Beach. Next to the beach is a huge swimming pool that is quite busy and a restaurant. We head down to the beach, there are chairs alongside the water but not many people. ... read more
2. So windy
3. So windy #2
4. First glimpse of the dead sea

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea April 7th 2010

Hayley and Kevin have been a source of infinite wisdom during our overland travels and on the day of our long drive taking us via the Dead Sea, the instructions before our dip were clear and straight to the point-no heads under water, no drinking the sea (taste it and you'll see why!) and ladies...umm, no breastroke or frog to have legs crossed please! Given Hayley and Kevin's words of wisdom, I wasn't quite sure what I was letting myself in for as I took the plunge into the calm and still waters. In retrospect, 'plunge' is actually a terrible verb to describe my action of entering the's probably one of the only bodies of water in the world when plunge is simply unapplicable as a descriptor due to the near impossibility of dropping ... read more
On the road
The Dead Sea
A weird floating experience

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea January 11th 2010

The Baptism Site, Jordan River I will have to write this one up later, but we drove from Amman in a borrowed car to the Baptism Site, just to the north of the Dead Sea.... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea October 30th 2009

Swimming in the Dead Sea. This morning after a breakfast of pancakes we drove north through Jordon to the Dead Sea. As much as I had read about the salinity nothing can prepare you for the actual experience. The Dead Sea levels have been dropping for a number of years and I read that there is a proposal to pipe water from the Red Sea. We parked about 15M above sea level. That is the Dead Sea level which is 400M below true sea level. We had to walk over 100M to commence our swim. There is so much salt along the shore and sticky black mud that the walk was tricky. The sea bed is like a short spiky coral and very sharp. It was really weird floating ½ out of the water and being ... read more
Reading in the Bath
I am so Lucky said John

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