Dead Sea, Dead Stingy

Hi readers. Today I have ticked off my list yet another world attraction that everybody (except me) wants to see. Reading the title, I rather hope everyone knows this is about the Dead Sea. ‘Cause it is. I didn’t actually want to go, thinking that it was less salty (and therefore less buoyant) than the salt lake in Siwa. It wasn’t.

I have to warn you, the water in the Dead Sea is very rich in minerals, some of which sting. A lot. It also feels very oily. You see, the Dead Sea is not seawater. It’s a mix of water, salt, magnesium, sulphur and other crap. Because of this stinging mix, many beaches have showers. Ours (free, not like the crappy Ein Gedi Spa) had springs.

To be honest with you, I spent about ten minutes (maximum) in the Dead Sea –and even then I was mainly lobbing the mud at mum. Oh yes, the mud. The blackish stuff is used as a beauty product in the spas, thanks to the aforementioned minerals. I am in Palestine, BTW. Somehow we got across the border with Lebanese stamps in our passports.

The Israeli border, that is. Israel has controlled Palestine since 1948, when the two countries went to war. The Palestinians refer to the invasion as “The Catastrophe” and think of it as their own Holocaust. Frankly, I think that’s pathetic and self-centered. After all, they started it, they fully intended to massacre everyone, and it’s not as if any pogroms were carried out.

Make up your own mind. One last thing: if you should see a road sign pointing to the “Lowest Place on Earth, don’t go. It’s a sham set up by the aforementioned crappy spa. They’ll charge you 10 Shekels to go to what they tell you is just a sign. It’s not even a sign. It’s a boring, dirty beach full of people. Again, though, make up your own mind.

Bai! 😀

10 Responses to Dead Sea, Dead Stingy

    • Hmmm… Ditto what your mom wrote. It’s a complicated region with a complicated history. I definitely have an opinion about it, and a strong one at that, and I’ll be happy to join the heated debate after you’ve read/studied a bit more.

      That said, I’m hoping your skin is shiny and beautiful from all the minerals at the Dead Sea? I liked imagining you pelting your mom with black mud, but don’t go giving my own eleven year old any ideas. I’d get her back, brutally.

  1. I once went bathing in/on the Dead Sea on the Jordanian side. After a few seconds I accidentily rubbed my eye as a responce to the stingy feeling…. blinded I reached the shore and the shower…. For me a “once in a lifetime” experience !

  2. The delights of the English language. I read “stingy” with a soft “g”. Then I realised I was wrong. Then I thought I might be right again. Your Mum should have taken you to the Kempinski on the Jordanian side. Much nicer.

    Ditto to other comments on ’48. Mind you, I’m a died in the wool pro-Palestinian and even I find the Nakba-Holocaust comparisons ridiculous. The Palestinians had a rough 20th Century – but then as you’ve been learning, so did lots of people: Chinese, Russians, Jews, Ukrainians, Cambodians and cannon-fodder and poor people of all shapes and sizes. I guess the Palestinian case still grabs all the headlines because it has gone on for so long and because it seems so anachronistic. The reality is also that if the Palestinians ever stopped shouting and screaming and complaining the rest of the world would be only too happy to forget about them. So I guess you can’t blame them for trying.

  3. I really should study some history so I know what the whole Israel / Palestine thing is all about. I sort of went off history after studying the Russian peasant revolution of 1917 though. From what I can tell, history largely seems to consist of people being shitty to each other. I want no truck with it.

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