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Sweimeh

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  • 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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  • Day10

    Mar muerto + Monte Nebo + otros

    February 20 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Hoy ha sido un día MUY divertido. Hemos contratado un taxi para el día entero entre Maru, Petros (el griego) y yo para que nos lleve de un sitio a otro. Resulta que Petros ya había estado en la mitad de los sitios y no lo sabíamos. El taxista ha flipado porque se ve que nunca le habían tocado unos clientes tan ratas. Además no hablaba inglés y no paraba de llamar a un amigo suyo para que interpretara. Ha habido demasiados malentendidos pero ha sido todo muy gracioso. Hemos ido a Madaba a la iglesia de San Jorge, luego al Monte Nebo (desde donde se ve la «Tierra Prometida») y finalmente al Mar Muerto. Por lo visto la gente paga 20-25JOD para bañarse en zonas más limpias y darse un ducha después en un resort. Pero nosotros hemos sido cutres, como debe ser, y hemos ido a la playa pública gratis sin ducha. Cuando hemos llegado hacia demasiado viento y frío: un día genial para bañarse en la playa. Hemos apoyado las mochilas en una mesa y nos pretendían cobrar 2JOD/persona por ello. Las hemos quitado rápidamente mientras el taxista se descojonaba. En este país te cobran hasta por respirar si te descuidas. Después de flotar por la sal y embadurnarnos en barro, una ducha no habría venido mal, pero nos hemos conformado con lavarnos las caras con nuestras botellas de agua y listo. El taxista flipando. Luego nos ha traído de vuelta al hostal y Maru se ha empeñado en que nos llevase a la zona rica de Jordania para ver las casas y edificios. Ha habido demasiado teléfono escacharrado con el intérprete de por medio y hemos acabado dando vueltas en la misma rotonda todo el rato. Llorando de la risa. El taxista ha querido una foto con nosotros y, por supuesto, nos hemos hecho una encantados. Cuando llegamos al «««barrio de los ricos»»», no había nada que ver y le dijimos al taxista que nos llevase de vuelta al hostal, y ahí empezó el cabreo del intérprete. Al final nos ha dejado en algún punto cualquiera de la ciudad por falta de comunicación y hemos vuelto andando al hostal. Nos hemos duchado (SOS) y luego hemos salido a cenar y dar una vuelta. Por la noche hemos estado de chill en la habitación y el griego me he leído el café (futuro).Read more

  • Day2

    Obelisk Restaurant, Kempynski Ishtar

    October 9, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

    It's buffet food, but it's really well done. A lot of Middle Eastern cuisine, which Laura, Dee Ann and I love. After the bad food on the plane this was very nice

  • Day2

    Kempynski Hotel, the Dead Sea

    October 9, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 30 °C

    The evening is very warm and the hotel is beautiful. Amman is at least an hour away so we are restricted to the hotel which is not a bad thing 😁😁

  • 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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  • Day115

    Mer morte

    November 27, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Descente de Madaba vers la Mer Morte, en passant par Machéronte où se serait situé le palais de Hérode. Le promontoire est inaccessible, il ne devait pas avoir souvent de la visite... Séance de flottaison rigolote dans la Mer Morte. Impossible de couler, même debout dans l'eau ! Test des vertus de la boue pour la peau : ça pique, ca sent bizarre, mais pas vu de miracle.Read more

  • Day283

    Float in the Dead Sea!

    October 22, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    First stop in Jordan: the Dead Sea! Such a crazy experience, floated in the actual sea and in the fancy spa pool.

    We rented a car and started our Jordanian road trip. Certainly this car has seen better days, but overall the driving is easier than I expected and so beautiful in this country!Read more

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