Floating the stress away

Trip Start Nov 22, 2010
Trip End Jan 11, 2011

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Flag of Jordan  , Amman,
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

As we head further south, the weather warms enough to allow for a comfortable float in the Dead Sea. All the pictures are true--you really do float there. What they fail to convey is that floating and standing are about all you can do. The buoyancy of the water makes swimming impossible. Your legs are either vertical or horizontal, nothing in between.

Our tour spends several hours floating in the Dead Sea and coating ourselves in black mud. The water temperature is surprisingly warm and comfortable. The recession of the Dead Sea over the last few years means that the pool, showers, and other facilities are further away from the shoreline than when they were erected. Apparently it's worse on the Israeli side where the slope is shallower.

The afternoon is a long drive to Petra. Our hotel has a Turkish bath, which I hadn't yet experienced in Syria, so for 10 dinars I indulge. It's incredible! Hot tub, sauna, and a full body massage. Despite showering and diving in the pool after the Dead Sea, I still have salt and dirt oozing out of my pores in the sauna.
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