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Bobbing in the Dead Sea, and goodbye Jordan

Written on: Wednesday April 16th, 2008

A journal entry from: Trails in 2008

No visit to Jordan is complete without a visit to the Dead Sea, 400m below sea level and it was hooooottttt It must have been about 40 degrees so a swim was very welcome.  Not that you can describe it as 'swimming'.  We were 'bobbing' amongst a young female russian swimming team and one big hairy bellied man, with a line of burqa'd women looking on from their seats in the shade.  They must have been boiling, and I was imagining the looks on their faces watching husbands and brothers having fun in the water... Our taxi driver was also having a bad day.  Firstly a loose wooden crate flew into the side of our car from a passing truck (cue vigorous arm flapping and debate).  Police were going to take 3 hours to turn up so he counted his losses and continued.  Then something got into his eye that he couldn't get out (cue the hairyhood medical kit eyedrops) and had to leave us at the Dead Sea c/o a van driver to get us back to Amman.  We hope he was ok for the 3 hour drive back home.

Spent some time walking around Amman, highlight being the museum to see 8,500 year old statues (mind boggling really).  Despite being a fairly 'westernised' country it's still fairly traditional with its attitudes towards women. We found a restaurant to have dinner, the men hanging around outside did not detract me because that's just what men around here do.  As we walked into the restaurant and then upstairs the room fell silent, I was the only women there and it wasn't because they were speechless from my stunning good looks.  Still, I think they can't have it both ways, and in my small way hope I showed its not so bad to have a lady in their midst.

Got hijab training from a local muslim women for the trip to Iran, where it is compulsory attire for all women. So, that's all for Jordan.  It is a bit more expensive that Syria and a bit easier to travel around.  Petra has been the best part of the trip so far.