Saturday, January 10, 2009
Jordan: Among other things, I floated in the salty, salty Dead Sea
Of course, as with many travel adventures, some things you just have to learn for yourself. As in, one really does not want to be in the Dead Sea for long. First off, you bob around looking like an idiot (that is why everyone is laughing so hard the first time) You cannot get water in your eyes. And it burns in funny places. They never tell you about that in the travel guides, do they?
It was a quick, greatest hits, four-day tour of a spectacular country: Amman, Mount Nebo, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. It was just about the best trip ever. Jordan is amazing. I had a travel partner who is interesting, considerate, fun and also looks pretty good in a keffiyah, which, if you think about it, is an excellent combination of attributes. It was too short for anything to go wrong and the Jordanian people we met were amazingly friendly and funny. (Apart from the silly, silly airport security) Then there was the wicked, kinda crisp weather, our gentle guide Awni, the rich history and the posh hotels. The best part was that I was able to just mostly sit and soak up the moment. I highly recommend it: Jordan, and the moment thing too.