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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea January 2nd 2009

An extra bolt on was an excursion to the Mt Nebu and the Dead Sea. Mt Nebu is where Moses eyed the holy land, Jerusalem, across the Jordan river valley and he spend his last years. A quick stop at Mt Nebu to enjoy the small museum and great views. Some of the buildings of Jerusalem could just be seen in the very far distance. We travelled down to below sea level for a buffet lunch followed by a dip in the buoyant saline waters of the dead sea. Fun was had by all, the sun came out for us, enough to then cover ourselves in the “therapeutic” Dead Sea mud.... read more
Mt Nebo
View of Dead Sea
Mt Nebu

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea January 1st 2009

Scott and I headed out of London after a busy 2008. We were heading for Jordan on an 8 day whirl-wind tour; a few days of culture, a few hiking, a few by the sea and of course a visit to Petra. We arrived late Christmas Eve into Amman, we were lucky enough to finish the bottle of red wine on the plane, not sure anyone else was really drinking! Our ‘hotel’ was in down town Amman, right in the thick of things. We awoke to a raining grey Christmas Eve and set off on a walking tour around the city. Down town was gritty, we went past the souks, mosques, fruit & veg markets, along to the Roman theatre, and after a bit of lunch up to the Citadel for wonderful views across the city. ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea December 9th 2008

We started early (again) to catch a bus to Madaba, a small town that boasted lots of mosaics, including a fairly well preserved map of the Holy Land that dated to the sixth century. Keeping with the Biblical theme we continued to Mount Nebo where Moses had stood to view the surrounding lands. The view was a bit hazy, and we decided that Moses had been quite silly to accept all those lands if they were as barren then as they are now. After this we carried on to the Dead Sea, descending to 400m below sea level to sample the waters at a 5-star resort. Unusually it was rather wavy, so we had to be quite careful not to get water in our eyes or mouths (like pretty much everyone I failed and found (a) ... read more
Dead Sea

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea October 26th 2008

The Dead Sea Eco Reserve This past Friday I headed out on the Dead Sea highway about 130 km south of Amman to Wadi Mujib and the Dead Sea Eco-Lodge. If you don't care about polished floors and international 5-star service of the Dead Sea hotels, I would say that the Dead Sea Eco-Lodge is hands down the best way to visit the Dead Sea. The Eco-Reserve is part of the RSCN (Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature), which is a government funded NGO that has small nature lodges throughout Jordan. As a student or non-national with permanent resident status, you receive a discount of up to 25% on lodging for the night, which includes breakfast in the morning. The staff is friendly and the rooms are simple but very clean with nice linens and ... read more
Dead Sea Shoreline
Mike coming back from the Sea
Hammock in the Mist

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea September 12th 2008

Heute ging es zurück von Petra nach Amman mit einem kleinen Abstecher ueber das Tote Meer. Ausgeschlafen, den gestrigen Tag noch in den Waden spuerend machten wir uns auf den Weg. Mit viel Aussicht nach unten ging es weiter ueber den Kings Way und irgendwann Richtung Totes Meer. Dort angekommen hangelten wir uns einen steinigen Hang mit zig Wasserflaschen unter den Armen hinunter, um den Eintritt in die oeffentlich Baeder zu sparen. Schnell um gezogen und dann ab ins kuehle Nass. Aber was war das??? Das Wasser war lau warm und Step und ich hatten dann den Effekt von 30%igem Salzwasser, dann doch nicht so stark erwartet. Gerade als man rein springen wollte, schnippste man auch wieder zurueck und trieb hoffungslos oben. Naja fuer Nicht- und Rueckenschwimmer. Auf dem Bauch schwimmen ging gar nicht, da ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea September 5th 2008

I went to the dead sea this morning (7:30AM) with a couple other kids from my group. It was a blast! We caught a cab from Amman to the Dead Sea, only 20JD one way. Not to bad considering we just flagged down a cab (the buses don't run during Ramadan). We went to a hotel called the Dead Sea Spa for the day. 15JD to use their pool, changing rooms, and private beach. It was GREAT! the pool had a sweet water slide, and we spent pretty much the entire day going in and out of the pool, considering it was around 120 degrees Fahrenheit! The Sea itself was one of the coolest things I have ever experienced. Well, perhaps cool isn't the right word because it was so HOT! it wasn't so bad early ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea August 22nd 2008

So here we were in the famed Amman, capital of Jordan, famous for .... uh .... well, okay, famous for nothing. Amman, not to be confused with Oman (a country on the east coast of the Arab Peninsula), is the modern capital of Jordan that essentially looks, feels and smells like a European city. We were here simply because of its proximity to two important Jordan sights - the Dead Sea and the river Jordan. We started our morning trying to get to the Dead Sea. Our taxi driver harassed us all the way to the bus depot, telling us that travelling by bus was much too complicated, and that he would happily drive us for a reasonable fee. Of course, as smart tourists, we didn't trust our taxi driver. Arriving at the bus depot though, ... read more
Floating in the dead sea
The dead sea hole
Pure dead sea salts

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea August 15th 2008

Ethan and I arrived at the Amman airport at 2am, pretty brutal flight times, felt like dead beats. We had a ride arranged for 6am so I slept a bit on the bench while Ethan read his book. Our first stop was the dead sea for a float in the high bouancy salt water.... read more
Easy to float

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea August 6th 2008

The past two nights, I stayed with another buddy from UBC, Mayss Naber in Abdoun!! woohoooo Crazy/lovely family and fun to see how she runs it in the summer. She has a wonderful family--mom, dad, brother, sister with amazing bob marley hair!!! omg! I love it so much! and their 14-cousin jimmy who is staying with them for the summer from lebanon and is absolutely hilariuos!!! love that lil gangstaaaa! Failing to go to the Dead sea or petra the past few days due to waking up too late...ooops!, I finally get my butt to the Dead Sea!!! ...About 45 minutes west of Amman...It's really close to the Jordan River where apparently Jesus was baptized. Mayss told me that they have replicated the holy water he was baptized in and it was a nice touristy gift ... read more
Jordan sonic haha
out with diala

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea June 22nd 2008

I admit that two years overseas have definitely compromised my competencies in a few “Americanisms.” I can’t tell you who won the Rose Bowl and my March Madness bracket was unfathomably pathetic. I probably couldn’t even tell you what MLB even stands for anymore. I don't know which agnst-filled popstar did what, where last week. Anchorman is affirmatively the last movie I can confidently quote. My iPod hasn’t been synced in something like a year; I had to have a Jordanian cab driver identify Chris Brown’s “Forever” yesterday which I painstakingly proceeded to locate and play on repeat in a sad attempt to reconnect with Western pop culture. The most shameful regression though has to be my grasp of the English language. When I was 17 I scored a full 800 on the English writing section ... read more
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"king hussein"

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