Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lowest Place on Earth

Today's field trip probably made top five. We boarded the bus as a class for the very last time. Que triste. We first went to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then we went to Masada. We took a cable car to the top of the cliff where the palace was (I wanted to hike up, but we weren't allowed to). Masada is one of Herod's great palaces where Jewish zealots gathered under the attack of the Romans in 73 AD.  They were there under seige and...well, I'll let you research the story if you don't know it because it is pretty sad.

Then we went to Ein Gedi which is a beautiful nature reserve where we hiked to some water falls. This is Brittnie, Jessica and I--we were all in the same freshman ward and now we're in Jerusalem. Are we not so lucky?

And then.....we went to the DEAD SEA.

I've always heard you float like a cork, but then I went in and really floated like a cork! It is unbelievably buoyant! You can't keep yourself down if you tried. You get a little water in your eye and it burns, you get some in your mouth and it's the worst taste ever. 
Can I just say that effortlessly floating on the dead sea in heavenly sunshine with wonderful friends at the tail end of  a semester of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities is a beautiful thing?
Mud bliss.

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