Day 275

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Day 275… Travel by minibus to Mt Nebo (approx 1.5 hrs). Mt Nebo is the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the ‘promised land’ and is supposedly buried. We get to explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the 4th-century church. On a clear day, the views over the Dead Sea to Israel are spectacular. However as it is still overcast… we don’t actually get to see that. Then we transfer to the Dead Sea (approx 30 mins).
A Dead Sea float is a must do of any trip to Jordan. Originally I thought it was way too cold… brass monkey bits cold… to do. But the water was warm(er than the outside air) & i aint comin back. So here at the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level) the water is seven times saltier than a normal ocean at 30% salinity – making it the second saltiest lake in the world after Lake Asal in Djibouti. This means that I am extremely buoyant and seem to float on top of the water rather than in it. It’s surreal and the water STINGS parts u don’t expect. DON’T get any in your eyes… and a single drop on my lips, it tastes like salty acid! It actually burns! A quick cold rinse after my very quick dip and its off again.
This time we make a stop at the crusader castle of Kerak where we have time to explore the vast evocative ruins and to discover the legends of the 12th-century battles between the Crusaders and the Muslim armies led by the Arab hero, Saladin (Salah ad-Din). Then we finally, after a jam-packed day, continue on to Petra (approx 4.5 hrs). Hewn out of the rose-coloured rock face, the ancient Nabataean city of Petra is one of the Middle East’s most spectacular destinations, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
At night the military stream into the streets firing flares and bullets. No… it is NOT terrorists… its political insurgents and tho its something to be WARY of, we are actually very safe. The insurgents know tourists bring much needed money to the economy here, and only wish to fill us with information on thier plight, not fill us with lead.

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