Starting the Trek Towards Tulsa Via Tel Aviv!
Trip Start May 08, 2010
24Trip End May 23, 2010
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Tonight we are in Tel Aviv as planned. Leaving Cairo was a mixed feeling. We all love the pyramids and antiquities but Egypt was a tough and interesting side trip for most of us. The area has so much culture but also a lot of sadness and difficulty. It's a wake-up call when you realize the masses of people who struggle in life. We are shielded from so much of this as Americans. If you get a chance to go to Egypt, do. The pyramids are worth every moment and penny we spent there. But go knowing that much of it is a Third World experience.
Our layover in Amman was without incident although I had a near miss at the airport. I took a photo too close to the security area and was escorted by three police officers who wanted to go through my photos. They were not happy and it was a minor scare
Arriving back in Tel Aviv was met with a lot of excitement from our group. Our wonderful guide, Jacob greeted us at the aiport. We were all so happy to see him! Truthfully, after seeing such dire circumstances in Egypt it was a breath of fresh air to get back to Israel. By comparison Israel is so prosperous. I don't think any of us really realized this until we arrived and the comparison was so stark. Tel Aviv looks like a city on the rise. Plus, staying on the beach overlooking the Mediterranean doesn't hurt that at all. The beach is beautiful and loaded with people enjoying the weather and each other.
Tonight Richard and I walked on the beach with another couple of travelers. It was fantastic. Amazing surf, gorgeous water, and the perfect sunset. When you live in a place like Oklahoma you never take the beach for granted. When I walk away not only do I miss it, I get a weird feeling that somehow it misses me!
Our flight departs at 11.15am Tel Aviv time
We are so looking forward to being home and seeing our loved ones. It truly has been the trip of a lifetime but there really is no place like
Richard and Dianne