Enjoying to Float in the Dead Sea
My journey to Dead Sea was nice. It was not so much spectacular in my opinion, but still it’s worthy to do. As most of places in Jordan, Dead sea couldn’t be reached by public transport. Rent taxi or car is the only option, which of course, consuming more money and absolutely not beautiful idea for budget traveler as me. Tarikh, the staff hotel where I stayed in Amman, arranged my trips with other two guys, JW from Germany and other guy from Japan named Kay who was so quite in the entire journey. So, three of us, shared the cost to rent taxi and went together to the Dead Sea.
JW was curious about Madaba, the holy Christian city in Jordan. “I am not so religious. But I’m wondering how the church and the city itself” said JW. “But, if you’re not interested, we won’t go,” he affirmed again when he saw me. Perhaps, he hesitated since I was wearing my head scarf.
Well, I am a Muslim, but it didn’t prevent me to see how the city is. In the same time, I can take some photographs to add my photography collection. We agreed to go to Madaba.
We didn’t spend so much time over there. We visited one of the oldest church, called St. George, a Greek orthodox church, where there are many ruined mosaics left inside. People sang in Arabic. It was my very first time hearing people pray in the church using Arabic since Arabic is often to indicated as Muslims’s language. It was nice experience to know. While we were in Madaba, Ahmet, our taxi driver was so generous to buy us as present the most delicious falafel that I ever tasted in my entire life. It’s even more delicious compared to the famous one located at Rainbow Street.
On our way to Dead Sea, we also passed Mount Nebo, the other holy place for Christian. It was believed that at this place, Prophet Moses (known as Musa in Islam) saw the promised land for the very first time. Three of us enjoyed the walks in the decent of the hill.
Well, next stop, the Dead Sea. Most of places in Dead Sea was managed by luxury private hotel. Apparently, there was still a public beach where visitors can feel the sensation to float in the Dead Sea. However, this public beach has no proper facility such as shower room and toilet. So, we decided to come to Dead Sea Spa Hotel and paid for 14 JD each for the fee entrance.
Dead Sea is extremely amazing. I still couldn’t believe that I could float on the water just like that. I just need to lay down and tah daahhh.. I am floating. JW and me also tried the mud, put some of them on our face and felt smooth sensation afterwards. Floating in the dead sea was couldn’t be described by words. But, I could not do it for such a long time, particularly I had a very tinny scars on my hand, occurred when I scratched my hand at the previous night. It became some pain after thirty minutes playing in the water.
I left JW, still enjoying the mud and sunbathing by the beach, cleaned up myself and waited for him to finish before returning back to Amman.