We’ve arrived at the Dead Sea, as you may have guessed, another area that has changed in 30 years. Yes, there are a few spa resorts clinging to the north-east corner of the lake, but the area is surprisingly underdeveloped given its tourist potential.
It was fun fooling around in the buoyant lake, although the girls didn’t think so. I tried to put Vaseline on their cuts and scrapes but they were still so uncomfortable that they couldn’t manage more than to run in and straight back out again as the salt rubbed their wounds. I can’t really blame them, I did exactly the same when I was their age.
We’re staying at the Kempinski, and it’s a lovely hotel. Not sure I can ever get used to resort luxury over backpacking around hostels, but I’m willing to give it a try. My brain has been working all week; it’s been great learning and exploring a new country, and I’ve really enjoyed being back in the mountains. We’ve been sharing a bedroom with the girls all week and are splashing out on two rooms here. We better get a lie in!
Honestly though, I feel you get a better understanding of the local culture if you’re looking at it on level ground rather than from your ivory tower. A resort means we could be anywhere in the world (except for the obviously salty lake), but given that we are parents of two young hyperactive girls, we also need a rest every now and then. Why do you think we chose a hotel with a kid’s club?
Now it’s time to fly back to the real world, and plan our next adventure.