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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)

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)

Damascus - 叙利亚的首都

sunny 40 °C

其实就城市发展来说,Damascus似乎有些寒碜。马路很挤,楼房很矮,交通糟的不可形容。

但是城市中间的清真寺大教堂,却是我们所见最叹为观止的!

进去前先换衣服。女生穿长袍,遮住头发和身体的所有部位。男生如果路小腿的得穿上长袍!看我们的装扮!

男生们显得那么的娇柔!(吐!)
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我站在大理石地板的寺庙的露天广场。阳光照射下,地面有点烫。但是却一尘不染。金色的小屋顶有点闪闪发亮。物理解释可能是材料反射,我却希望这个是神光照射!
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祷告堂内
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这里据说保留着St. John, the Baptist(是给耶稣洗礼的人)的头颅。很多祷告的女人们都哭着抚摸着这个墓室的墙壁。(我很想不通!)
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Posted by suevasil 09:10 Archived in Syria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

沙漠之国 - Palmyra

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我们见证了夕阳和朝阳下的沙漠之国。伫立在沙漠中的雄伟的柱子不时地提醒我们,这里曾经一度繁荣辉煌过。就像一个绝色的美人,就算容颜去了,在皱纹下还隐藏着曾经的沉鱼落雁!

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落日,我们就在古城旁边露营。
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日出- 一个蓬头垢面的我!
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朝阳下的古城
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黑手印在古城墙上的心!
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Posted by suevasil 09:00 Archived in Syria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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