Jerash and the Dead Sea

Trip Start Sep 28, 2011
Trip End Nov 14, 2011

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Left hotel at 8:30 (Nasser had been stuck in traffic so we were delayed waiting for him), travelling north to visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash. When we arrived, the first sight is Hadrian's arch, simply massive. We walked through and stayed as a group with Nasser while he explained the details of many areas we would have otherwise missed. My highlight I think was the Roman Amphitheatre, I climbed right to the top and it was magic listening to the guys playing the bagpipes and drums from so high up. The acoustics were perfect and the sound just travels all over the Amphitheatre. It was a shame we couldn’t watch the chariots and gladiator fighting but we were limited on time and it was an extra charge. Back in the bus, even Matt was on time, and drove back to Amman, about 1-1.5 hrs drive. Contacted Sa’ed to let him know what time we’d be back to start our Dead Sea trip. By the time we got back, there was just enough time to have a quick shower and change, grab our stuff and race down to the travel agent. They had a small bus like a Tarago for us, so the 9 of us fit comfortably, Mike riding up front with the driver. We arrived at Amman Beach Resort, paid our entry of 15JD each and headed in. The pool area was great, clean and well spread out. Some of the others were hungry and went straight to eat, but Rob and us wanted to get in the Dead Sea asap so we walked down to the beach, found a spot and headed in. the sensation of floating is just amazing, there is no way you can stop yourself from floating. I always thought the pics I’ve seen were exaggerated but now I know they’re not. The water is super salty, I licked my finger and my mouth and lips stung afterwards. Any cuts and abrasions stung like crazy. You really need to rinse off all the salt, luckily there was a shower at the top of the beach to use. I went to check out the mud that I saw people slathering on themselves. No signs anywhere so I stuck my finger in the massive tub only to be told 3JD. OK, no thanks. I used the mud on my face, but it smelt really bad and stung so I washed it off straight away. We stayed at the beach for a while then went up to the pool area, where we swam and relaxed. Saw the rest of the group heading down as we came up, Julie didn’t stay long and then joined us in the pool, then Dave and Tracey. Had another dip in the Dead Sea, an ice cream, another swim, took some photos and by then it was about 5:30pm. Got some good sunset photos, but time to leave so we headed back in the bus again. Stopped at a local crafts centre (I think the driver gets paid if he takes people there), but none of us bought anything, then drove back to Amman. He dropped us back at the travel agent, we thanked Sa’ed and went back to the hotel to shower and change. We walked down to Buffalo Wings and Rings, where Damian and I ordered burgers and Mike had nachos. Possibly the best burger I’ve had in ages, definitely the 'best in Jordan’ as the manager told us. The curly fries were great too! Damian couldn’t finish all his, but I did and Mike helped us eat all the fries. A great lemon and mint juice as well. Decided to walk up the hill this time, we found a supermarket and bought fruit, water, and snacks, then found more shops in another street. There was a tobacco shop with the freshest tobacco for sheesha so Damian bought a small pot of mint for them to use at home. It was totally sealed so hopefully he won’t have a problem getting it into Australia. Back to the hotel and turned in for the night.
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