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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv February 11th 2014

After a quick flight to New York, we were on our way at midnight for the 6650 mile flight to Tel Aviv. At over 600 miles per hour with a tail wind we made it in 9 1/2 hours. That was the good news. The bad news I could not sleep, at all! So I am blogging you with no sleep since Monday am Independence time. We arrived here at 5 pm Israel time so I should get the opportunity for a good sleep tonight if I am not too wound-up to go to sleep. It was a beautiful flight today. Even at 39000 feet you could see the distinct shore lines and topography of France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Bosnia, Turkey, and old Macedonia. The Alps were particularly beautiful over Northern Italy. I sat with two ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District December 29th 2013

Yesterday we landed at the airport in Tel Aviv. A very long plane ride but we were excited as we checked into our hotel, the Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel. After check in, we headed to the restaurant downstairs for our first non-airplane meal in 24 hours. Trey prayed over the meal & Mike gave us a preview of our first tour stops tomorrow!... read more
At the hotel

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District December 28th 2013

We left home yesterday and headed for the airport for a trip we have wanted to take for years, ISRAEL. We boarded United Airlines headed to Israel via Newark, NJ. Over 14 hours of flight time total & 6000 miles from New Jersey to Israel. But we’re off to a great start. Mike Fanning & Trey Little are leading a group of 80+ people from our church in San Antonio (First Presbyterian) on an exciting tour of the Holy Land. More tomorrow!... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv November 14th 2013

Shalom! Well, I made it to "Medīnat Yisrā'el", the official Hebrew name for the "State of Israel". The country was another of my top-3 countries I really wanted to visit. I wanted to see and experience the capital, which is a holy place to three different religions, visit and float on the Dead Sea which is unique in the world and I also wanted to visit because I'm a Christian. I have to say that my visit to Israel doesn't automatically mean that I agree with every decision and measurements of the Israeli government in general!!! I don't like politics at all and I'm not going to discuss about any political and ethnic issues of the region. I have a friend in Israel, Gidi, who I wanted to visit too and I haven't seen him anymore ... read more
Floating on the Dead Sea
Masada, UNESCO World Heritage site
Tel Aviv; Carmel market

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 20th 2013

Shavua Tov (Remember what it means?) I know I blogged just yesterday morning, but it seems that I need to write any chance I get because my travel days become very busy, and I soon lose track of what I want to write about! I've learned that the best way to remember what to blog about is my photos (visual learner you might say.) Since I stayed in Tel Aviv this weekend, I explored the city even more yesterday. The city of Tel Aviv has a large variety of things to offer from beach to historical to markets, and unless you are curious about them or in the know--it's hard to identify and get to all of the top sites. Yesterday I finally walked myself over to the Tel Aviv Port. I've seen the boats of ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 18th 2013

Shabbat Shalom! I have heard quite a hand full of talk about the Carmel Market here in Tel Aviv, and I finally put it to the test today and went out on an adventure to find it. At first I was ready to take the bus--why? Because I had heard from a hand full of people that it was not walking distance. I spent some time waiting at the bus stop this afternoon...waiting, waiting, and waiting. It was raining a little bit so I took this into consideration and thought that is why the bus was late. Eventually, I took it upon myself to ask one more person where the Carmel Market was...they said it was just a ten minute walk away. I was shocked to hear this answer. It really does matter who you ask ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 17th 2013

Betaavon! This means “good eats” or something similar to that in Hebrew. I say this because I am sitting in my “go to” coffee shop on Dizengoff enjoying some coffee and cookies. I also have heard this phrase many times from the locals in Tel Aviv, or even on a bus on the way back from a volunteer day when I am eating raw broccoli out of my back pack. True story..this happened to me last night, a local bus rider looked at me and said “Brocoli for dinner, lady? You are what you eat. Betaavon.” I replied “Todah Rabah!” Thanks , locals. I was speaking to another local at the bus stop in Shoham (this is the city where I volunteer in) and explaining to him about my time here in Israel, what I’m doing, ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 8th 2013

Today was another beach bum day....I think this tallies as number 4 for the beach days thus far in Tel Aviv. I met some more new friends today...l'chaim (to life) to that! My French friend (Remember Davy?) Introduced me to his Russian friend, Margarita (her name is no joke my friends. Margartia from Moscow, Russia.) In addition, Margarita has a friend visiting her right now, Nikita. I call them my -ita Russian friends. We spent nearly 3 hours on the beach, and it was quite windy today. I was told today may be one of the last sunny days in Tel Aviv but I sure hope that is a wrong telling....I'm around non-traditional English speakers quite a bit, and I'm starting to enjoy it more and more every time I am surrounded by them. I find ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 7th 2013

Happy Monday back home my lovely family and friends! I sit here on this beautiful Monday afternoon in Tel Aviv, with the view of the Meditteranen Sea and my iced coffee in hand. Excuse me, it is not iced coffee, this Café Mersand informed me there were out of iced coffee but can make me cold espresso with milk and it's quite similar. Tastes just as satisfying if you ask me :) Since I have last blogged I have begun my volunteering. Here's the update on my volunteering; I have "Resigned" from my volunteer site at the Kadimah Youth Center because I spoke with this about a hand full of my Israeli friends, and they warned me this is an unsafe neighborhood and that I should not go there, especially by myself as a young ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 5th 2013

Happy Saturday and Shabbat Shalom. Shabbat in Israel is ofcourse much different than a Shabbat I am used to back home. Here in Israel, things stop, stores shut down, and of course, if you are in Jerusalem it is a whole different story...the city truly is at rest. I spent my Shabbat evening with Reuven's family. They live in Rehovot, a 20 minute train ride from Tel Aviv. I'm glad to say I feel more comfortable riding the Israeli train system over the New York subway system...I never quite learned that New York subway system but for some reason a train system in a different language strikes me as easier to understand! I met Reuven's whole family and girlfriend! I was very happy to spend the night eating a delicious home cooked meal instead of the ... read more

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