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Uploaded on Dec 1, 2009
I was dropped at the bus station on Sunday morning at 8:00 am and I caught a bus that goes through Jerusalem and down south to the coast of the Dead Sea. I slept on and off on the ride and then found myself at the side of the road by my youth hostel in Ein Gedi. I left my things at the hostel and promptly hiked down the road to the tiny beach access area. There is no sand at Dead Sea, just rocks. So I limped my way down the rocks and got into the beautiful water. However, it was unusually windy that day; unfortunate for both the sound quality of my video and my eyes when the salty water splashed into them creating a sensation I would describe as excruciating.
Ein Gedi is one of several costal locations along the Dead Sea. It consists of a youth hostel, a field school, a lovely kibbutz about two miles down the road, and a beach access. There is one bus a day to and from Tel Aviv, however many buses pass through Jerusalem and one can always make a transfer if they miss their bus.
Swimming in the Dead Sea is a beautiful experience. Across the waters you can see Jordan and the weather is temperate and mild. Be prepared for some sharp rocks and wear sun glasses to protect your eyes from splashing water; your best bet for enjoyment is simply to prepare yourself to float for an hour on top of the water relaxing.