Dead Sea Mud Princess
Trip Start Sep 15, 2010
29Trip End Jul 23, 2011
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The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, evaporating at a rate of three feet per year and 33% salinity. It is also one body of water I definitely do not recommend putting your head under. Yet as I was happily bobbing along, curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to see if I could touch the bottom. No sooner did I try this then the water seeped into my closed eyes and mouth. The taste was absolutely horrible and the salt burned so bad that I couldn't see for five minutes afterward. My friend Laus, from Denmark, couldn't understand what my fuss was all about until he experienced it himself
The second highlight was attending Quaker Meeting in Ramallah. Originally I had planned to go here with a work camp during my second year of college. I fund raised $2,000, tried to learn as much as possible about the conflict and was all set to participate. However it was also at the beginning of the Second Intifada and everyone around me said I was crazy to go. After much agonizing, I ended up pulling out of the trip two weeks before departure. The group returned a month later and everything had gone well. I was so completely filled with regret that I vowed that I would never make another travel decision based out of fear again. Since then I have almost given my mother multiple heart attacks, but remained faithful to this choice.
Nine years later, I finally worshiped in silence and solidarity with Quakers in Ramallah. As I sat there, I was overcome with a sense of gratitude and fulfillment. Over the past few weeks I have visited some of the holiest sites in the world, but it was in that simple, stone-walled Meeting House that I immediately felt at home.