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Floating in the Dead Sea/ Jordan
1400 feet below sea level on the beach at the Dead sea The lowest point you can get to on planet Earth. Once I get over the feeling of asphalt trickling down my back (this takes some time) I hope to better appreciate the various health benefits of putting my body through this experience. Ancient Egyptians used the mud as a balm to mummify their dead. They bill it as the world’s oldest spa. This place was a health resort even before the words ‘health’ and ‘resort’ were put next to each other. All good things I assume. But it’s difficult to find joy when I am standing here covered in this mixture of calcium, bromine and potash. Soon I feel a stinging sensation and my skin is stretched and pulled in all directions. As I waded in the water to wash off the muck I automatically bounce into a comfortable floating position. The high salinity in the water makes the human body unusually buoyant and I slowly begin to appreciate the feeling as I fade into a lethargic stupor. I float aimlessly like a rubber duck till the novelty is lost. The best thing about the Dead Sea is that no matter what you do you can’t drown and die here. That is quite life affirming.
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