Floating and soaking

Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
Trip End Jul 27, 2011

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Couch Surfer Host Anael

Flag of Jordan  ,
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

After our interesting ride to Amman, we end up spending most of the night discussing and researching how to best use our time in Jordan. We quickly realize that we have WAY WAY too little time for everything we hope to do and are even considering to cancel our Turkey flights. I go to bed close to 4am, exhausted. And I suspect Manu spends the rest of the night working, based on her dodging my question the next morning asking when she went to bed.

Finally, against our preference, we decide to rent a car to not be bound by limited bus schedules and get to where we want to go faster. We spend the afternoon renting a car and also doing some more research and planning for our next continent where we will meet Shaista.

On Wednesday, Anael is off and happy to drive us to the Dead Sea. Floating in the salty waters is sooooooo much fun, I could not have imagined it. I feel like a kid and despite a little painful accident getting water in my eye, it is elevating. Here are a few tips on how to enjoy the Dead Sea:
1. Keep water out of your eyes at any cost! It ain't fun, let me tell you!
2. You don't need to know how to swim. You can't sink if you want to.
3. Best to not have any open wounds, such as scrapes and cuts or in my case, ripped cuticles. Salty water stings! Badly.
4. We also learn that it is advisable to avoid any romantic encounters the day/night before as the salt will burn in all kinds of place you would not enjoy.
5. Try to not cause too much ripples when you move, see tip # 1 for reasons.
6. Certain body parts will float higher, so it can be challenging to hold one position. I think fatty parts are the most floaty. You can guess what that meant in my case. It made for good laughs.
7. Rinse off well after :)
8. If you follow with swimming in a regular pool or body of water, remind yourself that gravity will take over again.

Next on our summer day trip is Wadi Mujib, a gorge with waterfalls you can climb up and jump down. I saw Jordan's King do this on a video from Ahmed who I met in Rome and it became one of the must-do's on my list. Unfortunately, when we get there, it is closed. But fret not, Anael just calls his room mate to find out about another Wadi we can go to. So Wadi Ma'in it is instead.

We don our waterfall performance gear, including the boots we bought for about 10 Euro each that morning. That shopping trip was a whole other funny story. The "quest for shit shoes". I am using Anael's terminology here. I am saving you the whole story, but bottom line is, if you hike up a waterfall, you need 'shit shoes'!

To our surprise the stream we hike up is warm like a bath tub. We are getting soaked making our way up the little, but powerful falls, between red golden walls of rock. It is stunningly beautiful! My words won't do it justice and neither do my pictures, I'm afraid. Elation climax # 2 that day.

Back in Amman, we hang our wet clothes on Anael's German roommate Theresa's balcony. Much later, we hear that his landlord complained about "too many bras" hanging on the balcony. Hmmm, there really wasn't much sexy about our bathing suits and sports bras and I don't recall seeing anything of Theresa's that was particularly raunchy. Just a little reminder that we are after all still in a Muslim country.

We go to pick up our rental car and try to go to bed at a half decent time (4 and a bit hours of sleep will have to do). Early start the next day to get to Wadi Rum. Falling asleep exhausted and happy.
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