The lowest point on earth is salty! :)

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Monday, February 6, 2006

Both me and Jennifer were planning to go down to Eilat today so we could respectively cross the border to Jordan and Egypt. Since she had to get her cracked Roman Glass earrings changed in Masada and I wanted to go and taste the Dead Sea or initiary was kind of self-explanatory (: so off we went early in the morning to catch the bus. we barely managed, but around 10 we hit Mineral Beach. There was absolutely no one around, so we had the whole beach for ourselves. There is only one way to describe floating around in the dead sea: absolutely WICKED! I tried swimming for a bit, but after I splashed some the water in my eye, I never tried that a second time! Damn that stuff is salty! Of course I had to taste some of it also, but I don't recommend that to any one, trust me! :)

I got back out and dove straight away in the mud-pool, Jennifer had dug up some mud from further down the beach, which was 5 times as black. The 'non-tourist'-mud I guess I should call it. Now, after putting that stuff on I was a happy little bunny; I was no longer solely black on the INside! Damn right homey! ;D

After some more celebration floats it was time to make our way to Masada, king Harod's old palace location on top of a mountain. Now, one could walk up this little mountain, but we didn't really have a lot of time, since I wanted to hit Eilat around 7. There is a cable car going up, but after seeing the 10 euro price for a one way ticket up, I decided to abuse my youthly presence and happily told the ticket lady I was 17. 15 minutes and a 60% discount later I got my 17 year old ass up the hill and hopped around the place like the little fluffy bunny I am.

And this bunny says; Masada rocks! The place just oozes history when you get up there, ruins from a palace, bath hall, synagogue, church, homes, storage rooms, armories, cisterns... This is the place where a 1000 Zelot's fortified themselves against the Romans and commited mass suicide not to fall in their hands when they knew it was all over. One of the things that impressed me most was the breached section of the wall where the Romans finally came through. I could just imagine their faces after finding no alive soul up there anymore...

We hiked down and just caught the bus in Eilat in time, busy little day :)

Masada: Harod's palace had quite the view :)

Jennifer thinking whether to call my straight with her one pair. In other words; Jennifer having her ass kicked at poker 5 times in a row on the bus... ;) Ow, next to her is Sasa, the Japanese guy from my hostel in Jerusalem, we accidentely bumped into him on that bus (:
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