No one really knows their Stans do they? I mean those central Asian republics that cause so much brow furrowing at pub quizzes. Even the woman at check-in at Heathrow fluffed it. “You’re going to Bishkek? So, erm . . . Tajikistan?”No, it’s the capital of Kyrgyzstan, actually, although I shouldn’t be too smug because my computer still insists on putting a red line underneath whenever I attempt to spell it.
I’m driving south after checking out from my hotel by the Dead Sea. The water is shimmering away to the right. I’ve got one last stop before I return to Aqaba and the Red Sea. From Dead to Red: if I were musically inclined, that’d be the title of my first album. My break from the highway comes at the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, about 50 miles south of Amman, which is run by Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (although it’s usually known by the niftier title of Wild Jordan).
They say don’t shave for 24 hours before you go in. But of course I didn’t listen. The stinging started immediately. But it was more irritating that painful, and outweighed by the sensation of lightness. The world’s largest floatation tank — the Dead Sea — is also at the planet’s lowest point, some 1,300ft below sea level. It’s a decidedly odd sensation: to deliberately try to not float. No matter how hard you try, you can’t sink. While most seas are around 4% salt, here that level is around 30%.
More @BritishGQ travel factbox laziness, this time on the Dolomites. Yes you could fly to Venice in theory, but Verona and Innsbruck (both @british_airways destinations) are much more convenient. It’s a disservice to readers not to be more thorough... https://t.co/jsnNngwoiP
New @aeroflot flights Gatwick-St Petersburg from end March just been announced. Cheapest return fares about £205, but keep in mind a Russian visa is a total faff (you have to get fingerprinted just to get it) not to mention expensive. But we probably do the same to them🇷🇺...
@Eurostar tickets on direct London-Amsterdam trains are available to buy from today. Remember though that on the way back everyone has to change in Brussels because UK-Netherlands haven’t got their act together on immigration procedures yet and probably won’t till late 2019.
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