Little Miss Drama

My Trip to Jordan: Dead Sea

on September 13, 2013

Last destination on my Day 1 of my 3-day trip in Jordan…

After Jordan River, we were bound for Dead Sea. “Why was it called Dead Sea?”, I remembered Mo, our driver/guide asking. It’s because you cannot find any living thing in that sea. Nothing will survive due to its high salt concentration. I forgot who answered him among the three of us.

Dead Sea is also called the Salt Sea. Its surface and shores are 423 meters (1,388 ft) below sea level,Earth’s lowest elevation on land. It is 377 m (1,237 ft) deep, the deepest hyper saline lake in the world. With 33.7% salinity, it is also one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. It is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean.

Biblicaly, it was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world’s first health resorts (for Herod the Great).

The Dead Sea seawater has a density of 1.240 kg/L, which makes swimming similar to floating. (Source: Wikipedia)

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It is flanked by mountains to the east and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the west, giving it an almost other-worldly beauty. Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar (Bela) (Source: Jordan Tourism Board).

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I no longer remember what time it was when we reached the hotel, Dead Sea Spa Hotel,but it was way past lunch time. Mo talked to the guy at the front desk first. We were supposed to have a lunch buffet here, already included in our tour package. After a few minutes of waiting for Mo, he led us to the restaurant and told us we could already have our lunch and to just meet him outside once we’re done. There were only a few people left eating at the restaurant when we got there. Most of them were outside since the weather was really nice.

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After a sumptuous lunch, we headed on to the pool area, changed and then headed to the beach, put mud on ourselves and floated on water while we took lots and lots of pictures. It was weird and funny and at the same time kind of difficult to be “floating” the whole time. I kept losing my balance and I was also too cautious that the salty water could go into my eyes (which it did eventually and it really hurt). But we had tons of fun and laughter especially Marian and I. Nina was just a killjoy the whole time because she didn’t want to get her hair wet by the saltwater since she recently had a  hair rebond that time so she basically just stood there in the water watching Marian and I make a fool of ourselves. 😀

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When we got tired and my eyes were already hurting from the saltwater, we decided to check one of the pools of the hotel. Mo was just watching and waiting for us the entire time.

The pool water was freezing cold! I really wanted to swim since I could not do that from the Dead Sea but after just one lap, I could no longer do it. It felt like I was about to have cramps if I continued swimming. The water was really ice cold. Marian and Nina didn’t even try anymore.

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We eventually decided that we were ready to go home. It was almost 6pm at that time and we were all exhausted from this whole day trip that we had. After changing, we just took a few more photos before we finally left the hotel.

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Going home, both Marian and Nina were asleep in the car. I wanted to sleep as well but I just tried not to.

We were still planning to go out that night and check the city but we were just all dead tired that we ended up just staying home getting some rest. We have another full day ahead of us the next day after all.

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