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Balqa

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  • Day16

    Dead Sea

    December 21, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We have arrived at our hotel for the next two nights. It’s called the Dead Sea Holiday Inn and it’s 5 Star. We went and did what everyone does in this part mudded up and floated in the Dead Sea. It was an amazing feeling because you couldn’t sink. The Dead Sea is 33% salt which is 10 times saltier then all of the oceans.Read more

  • Day19

    Bike ride and Dead Sea

    July 18, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 31 °C

    After breakfast in the hotel restaurant, Abed picked us up at 8am and headed to Mt Nebo, only a few minutes from Madaba.

    Mt Nebo is, according to the Old Testament, where Moses saw the Promised Land before he died. On a clear day you can see Jericho and Jerusalem (that wasn't today), but we did see some more mosaics by early pilgrims which have been excavated and preserved.

    We met our cycling guide, Anas, in the nearby town at 9am and began our journey toward the Dead Sea. He was a member of the Jordanian Road Cycling team for 9 years so we were in good hands. The ride was 55km, and wasn't as easy as we'd been expecting, with many hilly sections and a bit of off-roading between the farms. Fortunately, we had a support vehicle follow us the whole way, so Oliver took advantage of getting a lift for a few kilometres of the steepest section.

    We arrived at Mukawir and went to a local family house for lunch. We had the traditional welcome coffee, followed by sweet black tea with fresh mint, then a delicious meal of chicken with rice and vegetables. Everthing we ate, except the rice, was grown by the family. This was regarded as a small family, with only 6 children - our host's brother has 24 children to 2 wives (Jordanian men can take up to 4 wives simultaneously, who each live in a separate house).

    After lunch we drove to the Dead Sea coast via the Mujib Nature Reserve, a green area on the map, but no green to be seen in real life. It was like a lunar landscape, barely a tree or bush in sight, but with spectacular mountain views and a steep, windy descent to the Dead Sea, 400m below sea level.

    All the "public" beaches are behind the hotels, so you have to pay to access them. Being so hot (it hit 43° later in the day), the hotel was fairly empty, save a few hardy souls swimming in the luke warm hotel pool. The beach was even more deserted, so we had our 10 minute float in the saline, oily waters, then caked a bit of (supposedly) therapeutic mud, before rinsing off in the warm outdoor shower and headed back to the air conditioned car quite hot and unrefreshed!

    We had a 3 hour drive to Petra for the night, but we extended that by an hour to take the scenic route via the Dana Biosphere.

    We arrived at Petra at 8pm, a quick shower to freshen up, and headed out for something to eat. It's a proper tourist town (the main street isn't called Tourism Street for nothing!), so everything is quite expensive, but we managed a shawarma (like yiros, but thinner bread and no salad), and a juice each for $40!
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  • Day3

    Dead Sea swim

    October 7, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    From Mount Nebo we went to the nearby town of Madaba, where they have a tradition of mosaic making. We visit a small workshop where they explain the process, and show the different styles, with the mosaics with the smallest tiles taking up to month, and quite naturally costing the most.

    Then it was all downhill, quite literally. Going from 2500ft to 1200ft below sea level, to the Dead Sea.

    We arrive at one of the many hotel resorts along the Dead Sea where I could go swimming.

    It was a very weird sensation of having considerable buoyancy, where it was quite difficult to tread water because of the buoyancy of your legs forcing them up.
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  • Day13

    Israel

    October 19, 2017 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    We left our hotel in Jordan at 8.30am for the 1 hour journey to the Jordanian border, crossing through the beautiful Jordan Valley. The valley is lush & green & sits at least 400m below sea level, once here, all the bags came off the bus & were x-rayed etc...(& Pauly's binoculars were freed from their restraints with minimal fuss & lots of cigarette smoke). Next we were back on the bus travelling for approximately 10 minutes through 'no man's land' (our view was sniper towers, trenches, barbed wire & desolation) to the Israeli border crossing. Here, the bags came off the bus again & were x-rayed whilst we obtained our visas, passed through security checks & moved to our buses (all new buses & drivers as our Jordanian guides did not cross into Israel). Interestingly, the binoculars were of no interest to the Israelis, however my 5 kg of authentic turkish delight was a different story 😁; but once they had performed all of their necessary security checks I got my loot & was free to go. The Israeli guards were very thorough but made us feel very welcome - a dramatic difference to what we had experienced entering other countries. We were now officially in Israel & on our way to Tel Aviv!
    The first city we spotted was the oldest in the world - Jericho! Unfortunately we did not have time to stop but we will definitely come back on another visit!
    Lunch was held in Tel Aviv at the Rishon Le-Zion Museum where we learnt about the history of the Jewish nation & the Israeli flag, amonst other things.
    This afternoon we were treated to a wonderful concert at Jaffa Railway Station, on the Tel Aviv foreshore, by our concert band (The Perth Hills & Wheatbelt Band). They flew in from Perth this morning along with all other ('Option B') tour members - there are now 180 of us in total!
    After another long day, we enjoyed a scrumptious buffet dinner at our wonderful accommodation - Dan Panorama Hotel, before a quick "hello" & welcome from the Australian Ambassador to Israel.
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  • Day1

    Totes Meer, Jordanien

    October 22, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Das Tote Meer ist ein abflussloser See, der 428 m unter dem Meeresspiegel liegt, vom Jordan gespeist wird und für seinen hohen Salzgehalt bekannt ist. Er grenzt an Jordanien, Israel und das von Israel besetzte Westjordanland.
    Der Salzgehalt des Toten Meeres liegt bei bis zu 33 %, im Durchschnitt liegt er bei rund 28 % (zum Vergleich: das Mittelmeer hat einen durchschnittlichen Salzgehalt von 3,8 %). 
    Aufgrund des hohen Salzgehaltes, der fast das Zehnfache der Ozeane beträgt, und der damit verbundenen hohen Dichte trägt das Wasser den menschlichen Körper außergewöhnlich gut, man kann allerdings dennoch ertrinken. Es gibt dort nach einem Bericht des Roten Davidsterns entgegen landläufiger Meinung neben Todesfällen viele Beinahe-Ertrink-Unfälle, wie auch an anderen Badeseen. Die Menschen verlieren am Toten Meer oft die Balance und schlucken dann große Mengen an Wasser. Dies ist lebensgefährlich, da es schwere Lungenverletzungen verursachen kann. Das Salz verursacht schon an kleinsten Hautverletzungen brennenden Schmerz. 
    Die therapeutisch nutzbaren Bedingungen am Toten Meer erstrecken sich zudem auf einen höheren Luftdruck (+ ca. 50 hPa bzw. 5 % höher als der Druck auf Meeresniveau) und demzufolge einen höheren Sauerstoffpartialdruck. Diese dichtere Atmosphäre absorbiert zusammen mit dem Wüstenstaub und dem ständigen Dunstschleier aufgrund der starken Verdunstung einen größeren Teil der Ultraviolettstrahlung als auf Meeresniveau. Die kurzwelligen UVB-Strahlen werden dadurch um ca. 30 Prozent gegenüber nahe gelegenen Orten, die 300 Meter über dem Meeresspiegel liegen, verringert.
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  • Day12

    Willkommen am Toten Meer

    September 21, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Am späten Nachmittag kommen wir bei der Dead Sea an. Bis morgen Mittag werden wir hier bleiben. Der Zugang zum Roten sowie zum Toten Meer ist von Jordanien aus übrigens immer nur über Hotels möglich.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Muḩāfaz̧at al Balqā’, Muhafazat al Balqa', Balqa, محافظة البلقاء

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