a desert haven
for creative people from all around the world
Where I come from (it’s Hungary) people tend to think that metres are above sea level, not below it. They consider it normal if they get a number bigger than zero after asking about the metres above sea level of a certain place. Though, Hungarians in general don’t spend a significant amount of time with such geographical issues. They just live above sea level and they know it. At least some of them. For them, for 99% of people on Earth, upwards is the normal direction from sea level. And, until lately, that was the normal direction from sea level for me, as well. And that’s why I’m so enchanted by this place in the picture.
The Arava Desert lies between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. Tzomet Arava – Arava Branching – is the north end of the desert. (The south end is Eilat.) Tzomet Arava is a couple of miles from the Dead Sea which happens to be Earth's lowest elevation on land. Its surface and shores are 430.5 metres (1,412 ft) below sea level. From there you have to ride five minutes uphill to reach the place in the picture – the actual sea level. Five minutes! Uphill!
I find it pretty symbolic - and sentimental in a certain way - that I will write a book about the meaning of my life at a place from where I have to ride five minutes uphill to reach the level that is considered normal by 99% of the people on Earth.