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CARING GIRL, Beer Sheva, Israel travel blog

CARING GIRL

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... went downtown.  Beer Sheva had a dusty center with cluttered shops that resembled a third-world country more than modern Israel.  "The Capital of the Negev Region", Beer Sheva was populated with some Bedouin women who did their shopping in ...

We are finally here, but..., Sdot Yam, Israel travel blog

We are finally here, but...

A travel blog entry by laorfamily

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We finally landed in Ben Gurio International airport, got through passport inspection and customs with no problems and went out to get our rented cars from Budget.  A simple ordeal it seems ... but maybe not so simple. They lost my parents' ...

Yad Vashem and Mt. Herzl, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Yad Vashem and Mt. Herzl

A travel blog entry by madman96

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... when it has seemed small), and people from drastically different backgrounds are much more alike than I had previously thought.  Israel's existence is not only a necessity for Jews around the world, but a strong indication that humanity needs to come ...

JACKALS AND CACTUSFRUIT, Tzfat, Israel travel blog

JACKALS AND CACTUSFRUIT

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... like a useless thing to do."  Yeah, but it paid well. Again, I became unemployed.  During my fourth week in Israel, I was eating lunch on a park bench, looking out at a wild valley that's supposedly full of giant boars.  Moshe sat down ...

WHEN A GOOD KIBBUTZ GOES BAD, Kibbutz Kfar-Mazarik, Israel travel blog

WHEN A GOOD KIBBUTZ GOES BAD

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... word, "nothing", looked rich in comparison.  Among other things, I needed a place to stay.  Luckily, travelers in Israel have for decades enjoyed staying on "kibbutzim" (kibbutzes). (Whew!  It's tough work making the transition from a ...

A fascinating insight, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

A fascinating insight

A travel blog entry by shanewilson

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... great view.  The hotel does not have a restaurant and the location is a bit distant from the places I want to visit.  The service is also quite ordinary.  Keep the brochure – there are many more tours I want to do here in ...

Jerusalem is mindblowing!, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Jerusalem is mindblowing!

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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Been to Rio, been to Mexico City, been to Moscow, been to New York, London, Paris, etc, Jerusalem is one of a kind and must see! This is sort of the opposite of New York - the un-melting pot of the world, where people of all religions live together and ...

Reunion, Kibbutz HaOgen, Israel travel blog

Reunion

A travel blog entry by laorfamily

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We split up during the first part of the day, my parents and I went to a memorial service for members of Kibbutz HaOgen,.  Afterwards we went to a late lunch at my foster brother's house in Ramat Ha-Sharon, which was a spread that included ...

A JOB AND A PLACE TO STAY, AT LAST, Tzfat, Israel travel blog

A JOB AND A PLACE TO STAY, AT LAST

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... .  Here they are: 1. A COUNTRY FOR JEWS After enduring two country-less millenia, the Israelis love having Israel. 2. FALAFEL AND SHAWARMA 3. THE MYSTERIOUS DEPTHS OF JUDAISM 4. CURLY HAIR 5. "EVERY DELAY IS FOR THE BEST" When ...

Roman Holiday in Israel, Caesarea Maritima, Israel travel blog

Roman Holiday in Israel

A travel blog entry by laorfamily

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... stopped every couple of steps to take out the send from her sandals, my cousins started laughing and told her that this is Israel, get used to having sand and dust in your sandals. Afterwards we went to see the Roman aqueduct (which brought water to ...

Walking on a Dead Sea, Borderline Jordan and Israel, Jordan travel blog

Walking on a Dead Sea

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... a 'Baptism Site' for about 25km. We end up on the banks of the Jordan River and therefore right on the border with Israel (thought this was meant to be Palestinian?). The Baptism Site in question was none other than that of Jesus Christ, who according to ...

FROM THE RED SEA TO THE DEAD SEA, Negev, Israel travel blog

FROM THE RED SEA TO THE DEAD SEA

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... of a rare tree. The family would go on to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, formerly an Israeli territory.  I stopped in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, on the Red Sea. Supposedly, Eilat was a beautiful place.  But, unless I wanted it to be the ...

Death Mountain, Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Israel travel blog

Death Mountain, Dead Sea

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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... 20 extra bucks to take the cable car.  I silently cursed the taxi driver again.  Although the tourist sites in Israel are expensive, they have much more development then almost any other place we've been.  You know, they have ...

The Jesus Trail, Nazareth, Israel travel blog

The Jesus Trail

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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I thought it was a bad situation when we were dropped off at an unspecified location in Nazareth without a map as it was getting dark.  But when we stumbled into the Sisters of Nazareth Convent and the lady cheerfully informed us that they were ...

Walking the Galilee with John the Baptist, Tiberius, Israel travel blog

Walking the Galilee with John the Baptist

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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... white stone.  And then there's the sea, and you can sit and enjoy it in a little copse where the breeze floats by.  As beautiful things go, it - the Galilee - was the most beautiful thing - place - I saw in all of Israel.  ...

Israeli-Chinese relations take a step back, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Israeli-Chinese relations take a step back

A travel blog entry by happysheep

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... don't like their food." He later apologized. An Israeli Cabinet minister called the Chinese ambassador Wednesday to apologize after Israel's only Beijing Olympics medalist used a curse to describe the Chinese in a newspaper interview Majadle, who ...

Miracles in Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Israel travel blog

Miracles in Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee

A travel blog entry by laorfamily

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We decided to have an easy day and go to the Church of Annunciation (St. Gabriel) located in the downtown Nazareth, and afterwards take a drive to the Sea of Galilee. Downtown Nazareth is one of those places that one has to experience ...

Yom asal, Yom basal = 1 day honey, 1 day onions, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Yom asal, Yom basal = 1 day honey, 1 day onions

A travel blog entry by crystalwaitekus

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Some days I think it's a miracle that I haven't been in a bus crash.  Other days I consider it no surprise since everything seems to operate by it's own design here.  Perhaps that's one of the reasons why they call this the Holy Land.  ...

Christmas in the Holy Land, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

Christmas in the Holy Land

A travel blog entry by barrettbingley

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... in Asia that I couldn't write anymore. My prayers go out to all those affected by this catastrophe. My adventures in Israel began with a flight into Tel Aviv via Tashkent. "Where's Tashkent?" I hear you thinking. Well, its the capital ...

LESSONS ON THRUMPING, FROM ISRAEL, Tzfat, Israel travel blog

LESSONS ON THRUMPING, FROM ISRAEL

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... ve purposely misled me regarding the possibility of a job, so I'd volunteer a bit in the school where he worked. Elsewhere in Israel, kibbutzes, youth hostels, and another school offered me work deals that would've squeezed me dry.  I was going to ...

Twelve Hours on a plane - wtih two kids, Tel Aviv, Israel travel blog

Twelve Hours on a plane - wtih two kids

A travel blog entry by laorfamily

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Our flight leaves at 10:40, which means waking up at 05:00, showering, getting ready (don't forget the kids), saying goodbye and making it to the airport in time.   Since it was the day before Yom-Kippur there was little traffic, and we got to the ...

The Jewish Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

The Jewish Jerusalem

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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... from the square.  Shabbat begins at sundown on Friday and ends an hour after sunset on Saturday.  During that time Israel (Jerusalem in particular) shuts down.  While I was down at the wall a group of women was dancing and singing ...

The Inquisition, Eilat, Israel travel blog

The Inquisition

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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There are stories about crossing the border into Israel.  Terrible stories.  Stories involving stressful sessions of rigorous questioning.  Questioning that lasts for hours.  We prepared ourselves for a strenuous day and hoped that our ...

YOM KIPPUR AND OTHER HOLIDAYS, Beer Sheva, Israel travel blog

YOM KIPPUR AND OTHER HOLIDAYS

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... had been "Rosh Hashana", the Jewish New Year.  It comes during September or October. Thinking about the years, while in Israel, inspires awe.  When in America, biblical stories seem distant, and it's easy to cast them off as fables.  ...

JUDAISM, ON MASTURBATION, Tzfat, Israel travel blog

JUDAISM, ON MASTURBATION

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Some of Israel's most religious have been nice to me. I've especially enjoyed debating with young yeshiva students, boys in black hats with varying success at growing beards.  They love knowledge.  They're still open-minded enough to say, ...

Showing the kibbutz, Kibbutz HaOgen, Israel travel blog

Showing the kibbutz

A travel blog entry by laorfamily

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I intended to take my wife and kids and show them around where I grew up, however as we always say "men plans and G-d laughs".  We woke up late, my plan was to spend an hour or two in the Kibbutz and come back for a nap, but Bella went with my dad ...

excuses, Jerusalem, Israel travel blog

excuses

A travel blog entry by rebn

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... the History of Israel and Jewish religion, but I don't feel compelled to write the primer just this moment. My relationship with Israel and being Jewish, is complicated enough, and when I try to explain certain ideologies, I wind up having these circular ...

Bella's first professional modeling gig, Jaffa, Israel travel blog

Bella's first professional modeling gig

A travel blog entry by laorfamily

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We had a lazy morning today, and only got up around noon and watched people on the Sdot-Yam beach do some water sports .  Actually we both got up quite often in the middle of the night to feed the baby, and since we're on vacation noon seems ...

Shopping Day, Dalyat El Carmel, Israel travel blog

Shopping Day

A travel blog entry by laorfamily

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Since we were having a short day (i.e. we were invited to go somewhere in the afternoon) we went to a nearby Druze town named Dalyat El Carmel where a huge bazaar is held everyday.  We got some gifts and walked around in many shops selling junk ...

The Knight's Halls, Akko, Israel travel blog

The Knight's Halls

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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... peninsula connecting it to the mainland is protected by a powerful wall.  It is a predominately Arab enclave in Israel, and they left the old city to itself and built a new one outside the walls. We bought a combination ticket that ...

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