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Jesus was baptized in that muddy looking part

The next morning we took off to Amman at 7am.  We landed and took a taxi directly to Madaba.  The city is only 10 kilometers from Amman, but it's closer to the sites we wanted to see.  Also, taxis aren't the cheapest option, but we didn't have the luxury of time.  Madaba is a nice small town.  There's not much there, but hotels to accomodate those on their way to the Dead Sea, etc.  After putting our bags in the room, we headed out to see the sites. 

First up was Mt. Nebo where Moses died.  It's a nice little place on the hill, and it was only 1 dinar to get in which made  me happy.  The site has been reconstructed but still has some beautiful artifacts left.

Floating in the Dead Sea
  It was also visited by the Pope, which was made apparent by the numerous photos on the wall.  Unfortunately for us it was rather windy and the dust ruined most of our view, but it was still nice.  Next up was Bethany where Jesus is said to have been baptized.  This place was way overpriced, and not nearly as impressive as I'd hoped for.  After a short walk the guide shows us the place where it all took place.  But there really isn't anything there, so it's more of a "it happened over there" in the dirt.  Not that you can tell where since it's all dirt, but anywho. 

Then it was off to the Dead Sea.  This place was great.  There were quite a few people there, but it didn't matter.  Floating in the Dead Sea was one of the coolest, strangest, and most bizarre things I've ever experienced.  Whether you are an 80 pound kid, or 300 pound German tourist in a speedo, you don't sink!  It's definitely something everyone should do if they get the chance. 

Vikram says:
Sounds lovely. I'm waiting to see the photos...
Posted on: May 01, 2007
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Floating in the Dead Sea
Floating in the Dead Sea
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