I’m so happy to be in Jordan! I am still adjusting from jet lag. Since I was so out of it, I couldn’t work. Instead I went to the Dead Sea with my Amman hostess/roomie. It was spectacular! I laid in the sun/shade, swam in the pool, read a book, slept. Basically I tried to relax so that I could get on task tomorrow. That’s when I’m arranging field visits, getting my phone fixed, planning public presentations of my work, etc. Should be fun! 🙂
Lina and her friend Zaid went with me. We spent the day at the Dead Sea Spa, the cheapest of the day spots (15 JD). It wasn’t nearly as crowded as I expected, much less that it had been when I went last year in October. It was really warm, and the “unheated” pools were like bathtubs. Lina and Zaid are younger than me, and very active. They spent the day running from one pool to another to the sea itself, and back again. I didn’t keep up with them much–I didn’t want to get too burned (of course, I did anyway). They were so much fun, it made me feel down right youthful again! We even went down a small water slide with a bunch of kids–I haven’t done that in years! It wasn’t 6 Flags, but it was great.
Well, I’ll be working tomorrow, so I’d best get some rest tonight.