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Not a typical resort review: the kitchiest place on earth?

Published by Salma Shaka — 28 days ago

A couple of summers ago we were invited by my family's friend to spend a night at a resort in the Dead Sea. Not knowing what to expect, we packed our bags and headed towards our given location. Upon arrival, we were given the number of the hut we were staying in, a pink shed with a garden and peculiar-looking ornaments.

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The inside consisted of a bedroom, small kitchen, and a sofa. It's fair to say that we were surprised at first, thinking we would be staying at a hotel, this self-service hut seemed like a bad idea, especially due to the fact that it was in the middle of nowhere and it was the middle of the night, so the only access to food we had was prepared meals my family's friends brought with. 

Although seemingly disastrous at first, the rest of the night was filled with music, snacks, and a wonderful view of the Dead Sea. 

Exhausted, we went to sleep and woke up at 5:00 AM the next day where we headed towards the beach and enjoyed the sunrise.  

The Beach 

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Too many arrows pointing towards the beach, with the words "beach" in Hebrew, English, and Arabic. 

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Straw tents and plastic chairs, this sad looking beach is divided into a "Jewish" and "Arab" side, a political statement? 

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 A beautiful view of a pink sky at sunrise. 

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And a lot of cigarettes... 

After swimming for an hour or so and covering myself in mud, I left the beach to do what I do best; explore the rest of this weirdly fascinating place. 

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Kitschy Objects 

The word "kitschy" is an adjective referring to something that is considered in a poor state due to excessive garishness but appreciated in an ironic way. Along walking through the rest of the resort, I was really impressed by how this particular word fit into its context. 

5 minutes from the room we were staying in, there was a synagogue surrounded by chairs crystalized with salt. 

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A huge banner with the word "Marrakech" is displayed on the other side, leading to a Morrocan restaurant. 

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Wall engravings and more crystalized items: 

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A statue carrying a water hose, as well as more signs pointing towards the restaurant and bathrooms: 

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Finally, the bathrooms: 

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But does all this madness really end here? Of course not! After spending the morning getting to know the place around, I headed back to where my family was for an afternoon of grilling and more swimming.  

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The Thrift Store 

While packing to go back home after an exhausting day, I wanted to have a look around the resort one last time before leaving and discovered a place that filled me with so much joy; a thrift store with the most random picks I have ever seen. This place not only had clothes but the most ridiculous of hats (which I love to collect), jewelry, dolls, almost like heaven for kitschy objects.

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After trying on all of the hats and spending about an hour there, I finally came across a yellow summer dress I liked. Thrift store purchases never fail me, and that dress is still one of my favorites until this day.

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To wrap this all up, my trip to Biankini has been one of my most unforgettable memories, it was ironically aesthetic, very random, and somewhat really inspiring. I would recommend anyone who appreciates chaos to visit there and to appreciate everything the place has to offer. My advice to you is to only come prepared with food and an open mind. 

Would you visit this place and have you ever been in such an unorganized mess before where you actually liked it? 

Not a typical resort review: the kitchiest place on earth?


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