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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv December 31st 2008

Hi Everyone-- I arrived safely after an 11.5 hour plane ride. I am jet lagged to the max but settling into my hotel room nicely. Except for everyone watching the news alot, there is really no signs that anything is wrong in the country as the violence is contained to the GAZA Strip which is a ways from here. Everyone has been very nice starting with the cab driver who promptly spilled about his divorce woes after learning I was a counselor. He now has a much younger Russian "girlfriend" who he has married for visa purposes but does not consider to be his wife. He seems convinced she will leave him as soon as she finds someone who does not have such large alimony and child support payments to make each month. Life problems are ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv December 31st 2008

Hi Everyone-- I met a professor named Yehuda from George Mason University at a cafe this afternoon and he recommended a walking tour which took me along the Mediterranean Sea to Jaffa and back through several market areas. The sea was gorgeous but extremely windy. There were several brave men wind surfing as it actually was not all that cold. Old Jaffa is mentioned in the Old Testament and was founded by Japheth serving as a major port until Tel Aviv built a much bigger one. Japheth's father was Noah known for that big bad flood and the famous ark. The town is primarily Arab and has some very old buildings, clock tower, port and an old flea market. I had a great lunch here snacking on kabab with real humus as an appetizer. By the ... read more
Tel Aviv Marina
Tel Aviv Skyline
Tel Aviv Architecture

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv December 30th 2008

Few months ago: My Father: my dear daughter (dear in Hebrew is the same word as expensive, I think that that’s what he wanted to say) I am going to be 60 soon. Merav: I know, you are old but wise and still good looking… F: what should we do with this important day? M: a big party, my only and much respected father. I have already started organizing, it’s the only plan I have - I’ve promised every one that I will be in Israel in November, for your birthday F: but I don’t want to have a big party, I am thinking of something different.. M: yyyyyyyyyeeeeeessssssssssss????? what’s on your mind? F: I am thinking of a trip or something… M: you know that Europe is difficult to travel in for 2 people in ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 8th 2008

I woke up this morning, not to my alarm clock, but instead to the sun blinding my eyes as it rose outside of my window. In other words, I slept through my first class and, thinking that it was not worth an hour and a half commute to go to my 2nd class (which is essentially worthless), I decided to stay at home today and do some other more important things, like spend hours on YouTube and update my blog. So here we are. As some of you know, I had a week-long break for the end of Ramadan known as Eid al-Fitr. Being sensitive to Muslim sentiment, my roommate and I decided to celebrate this holiday with a trip to Israel. Monday night, we caught a bus to Taba. The bus trip was not nearly ... read more
Our hostel.
Eilat
Beach in Eilat

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 8th 2008

I accidentally posted the last post prematurely while attempting to save it. So if you're just now reading this, the first half of my story can be found underneath this post. Anywhos. So I set out from Niva's apartment and headed towards Jaffa, a city that is roughly 3,000 years old and has been incorporated into the expanding borders of Tel-Aviv. It was during this walk that I began to fall in love with this city. It was slow and gradual, but the more I saw of the city, its diversity, varying architectural styles, and the attitude of the locals, the more I was reminded of the first time I walked through New Orleans. I started out on Rothschild street, a tree-lined boulevard with a large sidewalk running along the median, dotted with cafes, people on ... read more
View from Jaffa
Park in Tel-Aviv

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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 1st 2008

This is my last post as I return to dear old blighty later on today. Not much to report here, just swimming and sunbathing for me - its such a chore - trying to avoid getting sunburnt. Had a great night out last night went to the obligatory Irish bar - Molly Blooms and then carried on to Mikes's place to watch the football with my new chum Kev. Spent most of the night with a young Jewish punk called Darya she was originally from Russia, there are lots of Russians here in Israel (including Ernest) also with us was Stan the drunken South African (I've never seen him sober) and Craig who's the captain of a 30 million pound ship (so he kept telling us) that was held up in port so he was having ... read more
Sunset
More sunset
Bauhaus building

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv September 30th 2008

Another atrocious nights sleep one of the new occupants snored like a giant anteater with bronchial pneumonia. We kept chucking stuff at him during the night but he wouldn't wake up, thankfully wouldn't have to put up with that again as I headed off to Tel Aviv. With my huge backpack I waddled off to Damascus gate to get the bus to the trrain station, was then told that I should head off to Jaffa gate (the Israelis call it yafo). From there you need to walk up Jaffa road to the bus stop. On arriving at the central bus station, it is huge, apparently Egged the main bus company in Israel is the largest in the world. The bus station has 7 floors, with all kinds of modern shops and outlets. Immediately got on a ... read more
The beach
The old port of Jaffa
The flea market at Jaffa

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv September 8th 2008

Vi har forflyttet oss vestover igjen, og er tilbake ved Middelhavet og i en annen verden, føles det som. Vi er i Tel Aviv. Men først må jeg fortelle litt om Petra. Jeg skrev at Petra skulle få sitt eget blogginnlegg, men det må jeg legge fra meg. Petra er en 2000 år gammel by bygget av nabateerne i fjellet. Denne byen ble oppdaget av en nederlender for omlag 200 år siden, og er den dag i dag godt bevart. Petra er uten tvil det flotteste Jordan har å vise tilreisende. Og turistene kommer i hopetall for å se bygningene som er bygget inn i det røde fjellet, klatre opp på fjelltoppene og få imponerende utsikt, ri på esler og hester og lukte på fersk kamelbæsj. Vi brukte en hel dag på dette, tok massevis av ... read more
Petras skattekammer
Why not?
Farger i fjellet

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv August 6th 2008

In Haifa, we got a great hotel up on the hill and had a great view of the whole city including the Baha'i Gardens. We all went out for supper in Haifa that night and afterwards Jarin decided to crash early because he wanted to be rested for scuba diving the next day. Dad and I hit the Irish house which was packed and had live Irish music: great time. We obviously had to rub it into Jarin's face the next morning especially since the scuba diving was unfortunately cancelled because of weatehr conditions. The next day we visited Caesarea and again saw another great archeological site. This was the main port of Herod the Great and the Romans for about 200 years. We were disapointed that we could not scuba dive and see the ... read more
Kevin at Caesarea
Parents at Caesarea
View from Tel Aviv hotel

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv July 15th 2008

So I have had no time for the past several weeks to update my blog and add the photos from the trip. The rest of Italy is up on facebook. Israel was wonderful. Saw a lot of friends, and relaxed quite a bit as well. Writting this from the train station in Berlin. Quick rundown of what I did in Israel: July 8- Haggai picked me up at the airport on Tuseday night. Met a lot of his family. Went out for a little and spent the night at his home. July 9- Spent the after noon at Haggais house. Watched cartoons with his nephew. Eat lunch with his folks. Around 3pm got on the bus to Ashkalon. Arrived in the earlz evening. Went out with Galia. July 10- Spent the day and night in Ashkalon ... read more
arriving at Ben Gorian
Ashkalon
the beach




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