Friday, April 5, 2013

Dead Sea & Petra, Jordan

Here's a little peek at how we spent our Spring Break in Jordan...
 We floated around in the Dead Sea
Got covered in mud
Squinted at the West Bank through haze
Listened to the latest Macklemore & Ryan Lewis over and again
Wrote poor reviews for the Holiday Inn Dead Sea Resort. 
While it is beautiful and well-maintained, it was seriously disappointing {for various reasons}, but overall I'd say we simply received far too many apologies for this to be an overly positive stay.

Got blown away at what felt like the windiest place on earth. Actually.
Traveled to Wadi Musa
Wandered around the Nabataean monuments at Petra, the rose city.
Gazed up at unimaginable carvings
Walked about a million steps
{I was limping through airports on our way back here.}
Hung around with camels
Climbed to the top of everywhere we could
 Hung around with more camels
Had lunch in a garden tomb
Indulged in a Turkish Bath
Ever been?
Here's how it went down:
An old Syrian guy stuck us in a steam room for ten or fifteen minutes. Then he put us in a warm shower. He instructed us to lie on a hot stone for some time afterward. We followed him to a private room. He proceeded to lather and scrub our whole bodies. He rinsed us clean and sent us on our way.
Afterward, we felt we deserved a drink in an old cave. 
Couldn't be happier I have this guy to travel the world with, be a goof with, and get into strange conversations with. 
Like this one: "You know what I don't understand? Evolution."
Or this one: "How much do you think we should tip the guy that just bathed us?"