Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Hot Springs

Trip Start Jan 18, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

I get out of school on Wednesdays at 10 AM so Shukri and I decided to go to Madaba for the day.  It was a beautiful day with the sun shining bright but the weather not being too hot.  First we stopped off at an old church in Madaba-yes a church; Madaba is known for its majority Christian population.  Madaba is also famous for its mosaics that are found mostly in old churches and old homes of the rich.  The first church we went to has a map mosaic that has the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and other locations charted on it. After that we went to another church and saw some other very beautiful mosaics. Then we went to the Madaba museum and saw more beautiful mosaics! 
After wandering around Madaba for a good time (all of Madaba reminds me of downtown Amman) we started to drive towards Mount Nebo.  On the way we saw a sign for Moses Springs so decided to go check it out. After going downhill for quite some time we happened upon a mossy area in the middle of the desert that had a tiny trickle of water coming from it....and that was it!  So we headed back up the mountain and visited Mount Nebo.  My first question to Shukri when he said this is Mount Nebo was, "This is it?!"  I guess I was expecting a real mountain that's steep and noticeable, but this was average.  The view was breathtaking though and definitely worth seeing. 
After that we drove to the Hot Springs in Ma'en.  The drive there is completely desert and nothingness.  Then, all of a sudden you start going down into a valley and green appears! It's so beautiful and lush there and the 10 JDs we each had to pay to get in was well worth it.  The hot spring is a fairly small area and I was glad we had come on a week day when there were few tourists or families around.  There is an area at the very top which is like a sauna because the water is so scalding hot.  The next level is still pretty hot and I recommend not stepping directly in the water where the waterfall comes down (from experience), the next level is bearable and there was one guy meditating underneath the waterfall for I don't know how long, the fourth level is where I mostly hung out in which feels like a hot tub, and the fifth level is just warm.  I decided to wear my swimsuit and not care about traditions or men staring and it was very liberating!
Once we were done relaxing we drove back to Madaba and had dinner outside at a nice Lebanese restaurant.  I was so surprised at how cheap the food was here compared to Amman!!  Following dinner we drove back to Amman.  It was a fun day and I enjoyed getting out of Amman and seeing more sites in Jordan. 
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