08.04.2010 - 11.04.2010 26 °C
I had chosen last Thursday to cross the border since opening times are limited on Fridays and Saturdays and before Thursday, Easter celebrations were going on and making travelling difficult..
So before going to Israel I had Tuesday and Wednesday still to see some more of Jordan. Together with a British couple we took a service taxi (shared taxi) for the day and first stopped at Madaba to see the famous Mosaic arts and nicely decorated churches like the St. Georges church with a big Mosaic on its inside floor that shows a map of the Middle East with the Dead Sea in the center of it.
Then we drove to Mount Nebo from where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land.
And in the afternoon we finally arrived at the Dead Sea! It's an amazing way driving to Amman Beach, seeing massive rocks (some canyons) to the left and the Dead Sea to the right (with Israel in the background). Swimming in the Dead Sea (or at least trying to) was a joy itself. Even though almost everyone has seen the ridiculous pictures already - it's not less weird to be in it! In this sea you have to relax as swimming is hardly possible (we couldn't keep our feet down).
Wednesday I again went to the Dead Sea as the Wadi Mujibe Nature Reserve is just next to it. There I did the 2-hour Siq tour, walking through the "river" and climbing up/sliding down waterfalls. For me one of the highlights during my travelling! (I kept tattered trousers and some scratches as a souvenir)
Last Thursday, the border crossing to Israel was surprisingly easy and only took about 3 hours all in all (Jordan exit formalities & Israeli entry formalities) without further complications! Just before the border I met Michele, an Italian Full-time-Around-the-world-traveller and we decided to go together to Tel Aviv!! First beautiful sunset at the beach SEEN, first incredible party night EXPERIENCED (wow what a contradiction to the covered up, rather stiff and actually nonexistent Arab nightlife scene), first hangover HAD, and off to the beach! The Beach is great and today we met up with 2 Israeli friends of Michele, had some tasty local breakfast along the Beach and played Monopoly cards.
LIFE IS SO GOOD