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Time for the first blog entry...

sunny 35 °C

Having decided to make a last minute trip to the Middle East, I figured starting in Israel would be wise. I speak the language, have traveled here before, have friends here, and who doesn't need a good falafel (or four?) I booked a flight and ended up on Air France flying through Paris. I couldn't book a seat on the Paris to Israel leg until I got to the airprt for "security reasons." This rigorous process involves asking you some questions at check in. After flying El Al for so many years, I found this most amusing. The woman asked me did you pack your own bag and has it been with you the whole time? I said yes. Then she said there's two more questions I'm supposed to ask you and I can't remember what they are, but it's ok. I'm sure the Israeli govt would have been thrilled! I wanted to say you probably should ask me if anyone gave me anything to take with me - perhaps a letter or a gift - but I just accepted my boarding passes and moved on.

The flight was great - for the first leg I sat next to Princeton's mens' tennis team. They actually make them wear ties and jackets while flying. When it was time to put on the headphones - which required snapping them in to place, it took me a good 10 minutes to figure out how to do it and I kept hoping none of them would look over and think...wow - how could someone be that stupid???

It took me a good 25 hours from leaving my house until arriving in Israel and jet lag has led me to sleeping only 3 or 4 hours a night. So I've been slightly zombie like but having a great time. It's been a long time since I've been back and these streets hold a lot of memories. I've traveled all over the world, but Israel is the only place where buildings, streets signs and landmarks are all embued with spirituality. I spent my first day here walking around the shuk - the marketplace - and attempting to find helpful travel agencies to assist in my forward travel. I kept getting the same response - Israelis don't travel to Jordan and Egypt, all we have is one day trips to Petra. No one seemed to have any info on lengthier trips through Jordan. Spent a very relaxing Shabbat with some friends and decided on Sat night that I should get my at together with planning my onward trip. They were most helpful in putting together all the ferries and buses required to get from Jordan to Egypt overland and sea. Still debating flying though...probbaly should decide soon.

Tried doing some research online and read my lonely planet cover to cover and at this point I'm just heading up to the Israel/Jordan border tomorrow morning and hoping for the best. Figure if worse comes to worse, I can always turn around and head back across the border! The one thing I can guarentee is that this blog is about to get A LOT more interesting...chilling with tzvi

chilling with tzvi

The Shuk

The Shuk

Eating my way thru Israel

Eating my way thru Israel

Posted by NYCgirl 19:03 Archived in Israel

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