Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The Dead Sea and Masada

This last 24 hours have been a bit of a blur. We rented cars and drove to the Dead Sea, camped in a field in the dark, woke up at 3am and drove to Masada, hiked up and watched the sunrise from an ancient wall (almost getting fined 1200 shekels in the process), then drove home to Jerusalem.

The Dead Sea is amazing. You just float. It’s very salty, which can sting, but it’s not so bad. And apparently it’s good for you.

Masada is very interesting. It’s the site of the last stand of the Jewish Revolt in which the 2nd temple was destroyed. The last bastion of Jewish “Sacarii” rebels were encircled at the Masada fortress where they committed suicide rather than surrender.

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