2nd Day - The lowest place on earth, Mesada and Abu Gosh

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The sunrise over the dead sea (the sun coming up over the red mountains of Jordan)

Woke up from the sound and feeling of 5 flies hovering around my head just to realize that it's 6am and that evreyone else around me where suffering from flies. It's funny to watch people trying to sleep while using their hands to hush the flies away. I watched the sky and saw the sun is going to be up soon. So I took my camera and sat next to the water waiting for the sunrise over the Red Mountains of Jordan. The dead sea is actually the border between Israel and Jordan (at that area) and on both sides of the sea there are red mountains surrounding the sea, creating a beautiful crater filled with salty water. The place itself is at minus 270 meters!!! making it the lowest place on earth. The problem is that it doesn't get enough water and so in the current conditions it's getting drier and lower, making this beautiful place an exitent place (unless they'll find a way to shift some water into it from the red sea in the south).

Me and my friend Nozomi and the famous mud on our skin

After sunset, I made some tea for my friends and we had a small breakfast and off to the water we went. For my Japanese friend it was her first time, and it was very funny to see her walking into the water, not knowing what to expect and then suddenly feeling herself floating. The first time she went into the water she got scared, causing some water to splash on her face, which is the worst thing you can get, as the water is so salty it burns the eyes. But then on her second try (after wiping her face with a towel) she got relaxed and enjoyed the floating. It was only 8am but the sun was already very hot (it gets to around 40 degrees celsius by 12am). We decided it was time to enjoy the mud so we took a walk on the coast to find a mud hole from which we drew some black mud and put it on our bodies.

Floating :)
The thing about the mud is that it's filled with minerals and so putting it on the skin gives you a natural peeling, that after a few minutes/hour in the sun freshens your skin. People with skin sickness from all around the world come to the dead sea to wash their bodies and put mud on it, helping them fight all kinds of skin diseases (thankfully they do it in special places and not on the normal shores).

When it got really hot we had a cold shower and drove to Mesada. The story of Mesada is an amazing story of a great war against the Romans, more than 2000 years ago. Look at a separate review about Mesada.

After Mesada, it was noon already, bloody hot outside, and we decided to go home and stop on the way in a very famous arab village outside of Jerusalem called Abu-Gosh in which there are some of the most amazing Humus restaurants.

The view of the mountains behind the beach (on the Israeli side)
It's hard to explain the differences between Humus, but let me say this - first of all, the humus outside of the middle east area is usually crap. Sorry for the words, but it's true. Until you go and eat Humus in the middle east, it's like you never had one (unless you got really lucky and found some restaurant in Europe that imports the ingredients from the middle east and makes it by itself). And so in that village there are many famous restaurants, each one has a different degree of solidness to the humus and also the other side dishes are amazing. Some of them are Tehini, Labane (usually made from goat cheese), Tabule and also amazing meat dishes. Very recommended.

When out bellies got full, we went back to T.A. for R&R and for a drink ;)

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The sunrise over the dead sea (the…
The sunrise over the dead sea (th…
Me and my friend Nozomi and the fa…
Me and my friend Nozomi and the f…
Floating :)
Floating :)
The view of the mountains behind t…
The view of the mountains behind …
People floating on the water at su…
People floating on the water at s…
Where we spent the night
Where we spent the night
More people enjoy the mud on their…
More people enjoy the mud on thei…
The salt of the water accumulating…
The salt of the water accumulatin…
The beach area
The beach area
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Mesada is the name of a fort located on a small mountain next to the dead sea. The actual height of the mountain is only 200 meters, but because it's … read entire review
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