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死海,我来了!

会游泳的感觉真好

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很想不通为什么人们叫死海为海,其大小还比不过一个钱塘江,水面也很平静,最多也就算的上一个"江”吧。不过如果海的定义是按照盐分的多少,那么它肯定是首当其冲的。

车子沿着盘山公路缓缓而下,地上的植被也多了很多。海对岸的以色列也越来越清晰了。
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我还是对死海的浮力表示怀疑。我就是一个秤砣,万一今年下雨下多了,盐分浓度被稀释了,那我不就玩完了吗?

先走近看看。原以为靠近岸边的都是海水的白沫,走近一看,竟然是结晶盐!
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走在上面,即不滑,也不咯脚,只记得热的发烫。
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走到一块软软的土上,不料却陷了下去。好不容易拔出腿来,哈哈,天然的面膜土(这里应该叫脚膜了)。索性让两脚都陷下去。沙漠里过了几夜,是该好好深层清洁一下了。
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终于鼓起勇气下水了!不错,全身都飘起来了!
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换个姿势!可惜海水浓度太高,一不小心弄进眼睛,刺的睁不开眼。
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我,竟然能浮了!
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Posted by suevasil 04:19 Archived in Jordan Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Petra

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The ancient city of Petra is, in my opinion, overrated. It's cool for the amount of buildings carved into caves and the sheer size of some of the buildings, but there is a lot of walking and if not for the historical aspect (which I don't know, but I hear there is one), it probably wouldn't be worth the admission fee of 21 JD (about 30 USD) plus the 1.2km walk to get to the site plus the hourlong climb in the Jordan heat to get to the main building (the monastary). It was worth seeing given that we were in the area - the monastary must be the tallest 2-story building there is - but I wouldn't recommend planning a trip around it.

That said, here are the highlights:

This is a grave for 5 people, symbolized by the 4 triangles on the top floor, according to the sign (I was confused by that).
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Here is the Treasury, build to a massive scale (Sue next to a pillar, people in the doorway).
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Sue on a staircase of a complex carved out of stone (she was on the third floor, I was on the fifth).
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And here is said complex:
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At the base of the complex we had (free) tea with a Bedouin family that runs a jewellery stand. The 10-year old girl knew 5 languages (pretty good english, and at least enough of the others to speak a few lines to tourists) and shifts effortlessly between small talk and sales.
They make tea with a small metal kettle on a small propane tank / burner. When the water boiled the girl held brought the kettle to the ground with her bare hands, holding it for maybe 10 seconds. Then she poured water on the handle to cool it down - it boiled instantly, I'm guessing the temperature was around 150 degrees Celsius. In spite of her ability to handle such hot items, her hands looked normal.
Anyway, this is the family:
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Here is the Great Temple, currently under excavation or restoration by Brown University.
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Here is the monastary, the main attraction which is arrived only after an hour climb up stairs and rocks, the stairs shared with donkeys.
For perspective, the red and white part just below and to the right of the door is Sue.
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Me in the door
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The monastary in all its glory
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Posted by chrisvasil 05:21 Archived in Jordan Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Mount Nebo - 约旦的第一个晚上

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车子开出叙利亚的首都杜马斯加斯,我们继续往南走。没过3,4个小时,我们就到了约旦的边界。还是一样的沙漠穆斯林的国家,路边的风景并没有二至。

当我在车里一觉醒来的时候,车里已经挺稳了。张开眼睛,我不知道自己是不是到了世界的边缘。

我们在山顶,周围是起伏的小山丘,光秃秃的,一毛不拔,也许我们在沙漠的中心吧。可是当我的眼睛继续往前移动的时候,我却看到了海(后来知道这个就是世界闻名的死海,海的对面就是以色列)。再往前看,又是连绵的山。夕阳下的如此景致让人觉得自己是在梦境,或又是在仙境。
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当晚以地为席(哈哈,当然我还是用了垫子),以天为被(还有睡袋)。看着满天的繁星,真的舍不得闭上眼睛。半夜冻醒,睁开眼睛的煞那间竟然看到了流星。我,许了愿,但愿星星们可以听见!

Posted by suevasil 03:58 Archived in Jordan Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Floating in the Dead Sea

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Pulling up to the dead sea, we see what seem to be stationary waves cresting on the beach. Actually these are salt deposits, few of which break when stepped on.

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The beach is actually clay rather than sand, so it is possible to make a body mask (which we did before going in, but don't have any pics of) or have the ground unexpectedly cave in (like with snow).
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The dead sea is like people say it is - if you get vertical in the water, you'll be floating and the water will go to about shoulder level. Otherwise, by just floating it is easy to have arms and legs pretty far out of the water.

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Because of the salinity, staying in the dead sea is uncomfortable on the skin and eyes. We were there for about half an hour, and no one wanted to stay longer in spite of the cool feeling of floating This probably explains most of the coastline having no one in the water, even where there were people on the beach near the water.

The water is of course extremely salty, so that there is white residue encrusting the hair, swimsuit, and skin after getting out of the water.

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Posted by chrisvasil 05:09 Archived in Jordan Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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