Tip #439: At the Dead Sea, Part Two

On October 15, 2012, Posted by , In travel, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #439: At the Dead Sea, Part Two

“Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.” John Wanamaker

So, back up the hill. There I saw that there were few people in this very large pool, so I put all of my stuff into my locker so I would be unencumbered and could go for a swim.

There were two little boys waiting to use the ladder, on which a non-Jordanian man was standing while he chatted with his friends.

When I got there, he moved off the ladder and I waved the little boys to go ahead. The older boy (maybe 7 or 8) nodded no and gestured for me to go first. In the meantime, the littler … Read the rest

Tip #438: At the Dead Sea, Part One

On October 8, 2012, Posted by , In travel, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #438: At the Dead Sea, Part One

The Dead Sea is “A salt lake, about 397 m (1,300 ft) below sea level, between Israel and Jordan. It is one of the saltiest bodies of water known and is the lowest point on the surface.” The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

Once at the beach, Omar knew everyone and shepherded me through paying for my ticket (he checked to make sure I got the correct change), and getting a towel and a key for a locker. Then he advised me not to buy anything at the shops there because he knew of a place where the items were less than half price, plus he got a 20% discount because he knew them there. He … Read the rest

Tip #437: On the Way to the Dead Sea

On October 1, 2012, Posted by , In travel, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #437: On the Way to the Dead Sea

“Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth.” Aaron Hill

What a day!

First, I tried to get money from my checking account from the ATM right next to the hotel (from which I had previously obtained money) and it would not let the transaction go through.

When Omar, my driver, showed up, we went to six different ATMs and four of them were not in service and the one that was would not accept my transaction.

I was thinking that I would have to cancel my trip to the Dead Sea, because my understanding was that I was going to need at least 200 JD (and I only … Read the rest

Tip #433: Planning to Go to the Dead Sea

On September 4, 2012, Posted by , In travel, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #433: Planning to Go to the Dead Sea

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” Amelia Earhart

After playing for your sympathy about how busy my day would be in the office today, all I needed to do this morning was to complete the Day 3 lesson plan, make arrangements to go to the Dead Sea tomorrow, and meet with Cassie for coaching on how to complete the invoice and expense reports for this trip. At 9:30 or so, almost everyone left the office on a bus to go to a World Water Day conference. So the office has been very very quiet- what a change! It certainly made creating a lesson plan a lot easier!

I am planning to go to the Dead Sea tomorrow. Omar, Abu Rashad’s nephew, … Read the rest