Last weekend, I made so many trips! First, I hadn’t been to the Dead Sea yet, so I had to make it happen. With just a quick 45 minute drive out of Amman, I stayed with my friend in a hotel beside the shore, and enjoyed the early morning salty waters of the Dead Sea. To be honest, I imagined Dead Sea to look a bit darker, more purple…more like molasses. It was just my own imagination.
In reality, it’s a gorgeous blue color, as it hits the shore like normal waters do, but when you touch it, it’s quite bubbly. And because there is so much salt, it has an interesting texture. When you run your fingers through it, it almost feels like it’s drying against your hand because the salt takes over.
You obviously don’t dip your head in, just sit and your legs will float right up. Because the floating was so easy, I was scared because I kept floating over shallow waters and have difficulty getting up. The bottom of the sea, in the area that we were in, had sharp-glass-like ridges of salt. If I wanted to get back on my two feet, I would have to press my whole weight onto the ridges, and my feet would die of utter pain. Salt is painful, and especially when its so concentrated and it gets built up over time. SO MUCH PAIN. I definitely cut my hands from trying to lift myself up and unsuccessfully doing so. Either way, I survived. The Dead Sea is still wonderful.
The day coming back from Dead Sea, I had another trip planned with some friends to go to Little Petra, which is like Petra, but the free version people don’t know about as much. This was a trip was would require a lot of driving, 3 hours there and 3 hours back, which meant a good playlist and good company (both of which we had). We made it out by 2pm, with clear blue skies over watching the beautiful rocks in this natural abyss. For these rocks I had many analogies for what they looked like…chocolate chalk or cheesy bread were my favorite ideas. On top of this, it was my friend’s birthday, so this was a special trip for her to her favorite place in Jordan. Lucky for me, I hadn’t been to Little Petra, so I was happy I got to go with her and see something new too.
And finally, on that Sunday there was another birthday–one of the translator’s from Banaat Connect! She is so sweet, so I asked her what she was doing and she suggested for my friend and I go eat lunch and walk around Jerash with her. I said, “heck yea!,” and that’s how it happened.
It was a bright and sunny morning, though I think we sun bathed too long because I have a nose tan from my glasses. (Just a stark line as if you can tell I am wearing my glasses…I’ll pretend no one see’s it.) Anyway, while I had already been to the Jerash Roman ruins just back in December, it’s even more beautiful now because of the spring weather, and the touch of yellow flowers the grass has sprinkled all over. In addition, goats and sheep were meandering alongside the grass, standing in front of me, so majestic as can be.
And that I’d say was an awesome weekend. Surrounded by friends, salty water, and majestic goats.
In other news, I found out my dad and grandma are coming to visit next month, which I’m excited for! I’ll take them to places I’ve been, but will try to make it to Petra, since I’ve never been and other grandma friendly spots. Hoping to see my mom and brother also make it over, sometime this year (hint hint).
Now, so much fun but this week I’m sick. Just a bad cough and sneezing, I should go see a doctor, I know. Hoping I don’t cough my brains out, and that I will get better. I just need more soup and fluids…
Thanks for keeping up with my updates.
Peace from the Middle East!