I've Arrived

Trip Start Nov 30, 2005
Trip End Jan 11, 2006

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Friday, December 2, 2005

Shalom! I've arrived safely to Jerusalem. Aside from the airline flight attendant spilling a glass of orange juice all down the front of me on the Nashville to Newark leg of the flight, all went quite well. She gave me a voucher for cleaning my clothes which was nice and my pants dried out quickly enough, so no big deal. Getting through immigration was a breeze compared to many other airports I've encountered in past travels. Locating a sharrot (may have that misspelled but it's a communal taxi to Jerusalem) was really easy. I was so sleepy I slept the 30 minutes or so it took. Finding my Bed and Breakfast was a bit more challenging as Gemma's directions were not very clear; however, a neighbor fellow helped me and all was well.

Gemma is an interesting person about whom I will write more later on. She had received a large shipment of tulips for a friend in Holland so I was able to accompany her yesterday to deliver a number of them to her acquiantances. One couple, an artist and a retired chemical engineer - live in an apartment with book shelves all the way to the ceiling on every wall. Both spoke English and I think they would be very interesting to know better. On the drive, Gemma pointed out many sites I plan to return to visit in time. We went into one of the very old Orthodox neighborhoods where everyone dresses in a unique manner. I think I would not be far off to compare the Orthodox Jews in their manner of dress to perhaps the Amish in America. Distinctive. As I walk about though today, I'm identifying other groups by their dress as well. Perhaps in the same way the Menonites differ from the Amish? Well, I'm certain there's more to it than I'm able to describe in this short entry; but discovering all the various nuances of dress will come in time.

It seems many people, especially the younger ones, speak English so I'm not having any trouble at all so far getting around. As has been my experience in the past, most people are kind and helpful to the obvious stranger. I've learned that thank you ("toda" in Hebrew) and a smile goes far in any land. I've purchased a special bus ticket for seniors called a kartisia which cost significantly less than for other adults (currently 55 shekles). It actually provides twice as many rides as for the student tickets. What a deal.

It may be a few days before I can get any pictures uploaded but I should be able to do this on Gemma's computer. The other guest current at the B and B is a young man named Ben from Holland. He's studying criminology at the Hebrew University for five weeks. Some sort of exchange program between Israeli police force and Holland police force. Speaking of the police presence. From the way the media covers Israel, I had expected to see the police everywhere. Though they're here, I've experienced no significant awareness of them. At least in the areas where I've traveled so far. But that may change.

Well, I must get on to my food shopping errands. Laters and big hugs to all!
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grannytravels2 on

Re: Hello
How very, very kind of you to write! Your note has become a propitious reminder that I've failed to complete this travelogue which I've resolved to do. I'd love to hear about your trip. If you have a record of it on this site, would love to know how to access it. Best regards.

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