Jack and I made our way down to the water (mind you- no sandy beaches just big rocks covered in crusty salt) and dipped in a te. The water was hot as well and you could see it was murky with a film of salt on the surface. When you first walk in you feel a very weird sensation as the water makes your skin feel slick or slimy. You can see Jordan enveloped in a thick haze across the sea and Jack was convinced he could float there.
Before we arrived we got a few pieces of advice from other travellers:
- "Do not get it in your eyes! It burns like hellfire!"
- "Do not drink the water, you'll vomit"
- "Do not try to swim, it might splash in your eyes"
- "Most important thing I can tell you, do not for any reason pee in the Dead Sea or open any bodily orifice for that matter! Trust me."
Luckily, Jack and I, after our two dips managed to not succumb to any urges to gargle it or pee in it! All was well!
I just wanted to include few facts about the Dead Sea as well:
- It is the lowest elevation on Earth (above water that is); and has been known as the Earths navel
- It is 8.6 times as salty as the ocean
- No animals orish can live in its environment
- The Sea level is dropping as much as 1 meter a year
- Large sinkholes form and can be dangerous near the shore due many different ecological factors
Anyways, heads up, Jack and I depart Israel tonight from the Ben Gurion airport and head back to Bucharest. The next few days we will try to scramble back to Germany...hopefully there will be many adventures in store! I will try to keep you updated....I have more exciting stories about Israel and the West Bank to come!
-Deeelllliiilllllah and Jack (who is sleeping ont he couch beside me :))