Trip Start Nov 13, 2006
Trip End Oct 21, 2008

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

'This is awswesome' a fast talking, loud American behind me keeps saying. In fact she hasn't shut up for the last 10 minutes. It wouldnt bother me except that the computer I'm using makes driving in London at rush hour seem fast. Guess where I am. Yes thats right, I'm on the computer in the Merkatz Klita (absorption centre) yes that old shit hole. From now on I'll call it MKSH. I've been back for a few days and it just never seems to get better.

Today I was back in Jerusalem for another conference. this time it was the the Dan Panorama and brought together the mayors from 17 Israeli and Palestinian towns, together with some low level government ministers - we were kind of overshadowed by some peace conference or something like that happening somewhere in the states. On my way in the girl on security casually asked if I was carrying a gun. I said no, she had a quick look in my bag and looked to the enxt person (In Israel that takes the place of 'thankyou' or any other nicetities and means you can go ahead with what you were doing) 

In between mobile phones going off were some interesting presentations ..and when the phones went off they were not quickly muffled by embarassed looking people frantically trying to find the call divert button. Here they seemt to take their time, and maybe stroll out the room while they answer...and everyone Israelis/Palestinians/Jordanians were all as guilty as each other.

Anyway the focus today was on ecotourisn as a framework for peace. Exiting stuff. will explain next time (I cant take the american's voice any more). off to Massada tomorrow
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