25.03.2007 - 25.03.2007
We then had a little problem with the first taxi drivers car so they sent another to meet us and the new taxi driver was great, he spoke English well and also helped us with our Arabic while we made our way up to see Karak Castle, which was a nice castle, to had beautiful views down the valley to the dead sea and beyond to Israel.
Wow do they do rigorous passport control in this area. We had our passports checked about 6 times in less than an hour. We eventually got down to the Dead Sea and decided to have a swim. This was interesting, we were the only women that were wearing bikinis so we tried to get into the water as quickly as possible but the sea floor was crystallized salt which made for really hard entry. When we finally got in deep enough to swim we floated on top of the water, still revealing our white bodies we decided to do the whole dead sea mud thing and covered ourselves in it but when we took it off our faces we both naturally just stuck our faces in the water and, wow burning eyes ouch…. I had to have a lifeguard come out and help me back to the shore before I could even think about opening my eyes. Both Cat and I managed to get out safely and recovered while eating lunch at the restaurant.
Then on to Mt Nebo, which has a connection to Moses but I can’t quiet remember at the moment as most of the places I have been in the last couple of weeks have had something to do with him. They have a beautiful little church up at the top, which has another fantastic view over the Dead Sea and Israel. Then it was on through Madaba city to Amman.