Day 23: Eilat

Trip Start May 14, 2008
Trip End Jun 17, 2008

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

We wake up today thinking how different this hotel room is from the khan Shacharut with its simple furnishings and windows open and the Hotel Agamim with its modern, new, upscale, terrace and pool.  How decadent is it to have a large pool with private ladder here in the desert of Eilat?

We note some other differences from the last two days:
Landscape: mountains to high rise hotels
Walks:  sandy and rocky paths to paved sidewalks in the promenade lined with shops
Animals/People:  ibex, gazelles, dogs to lots and lots of families
Sounds:  wind and the rumble of the jeep to kids yelling and calling out


We go to the breakfast buffet that is in a large dining room packed with long tables filled with families.  We are probably the only couple in site!  We both make our way to the buffet and upon returning comment about how much pushing and jostling there is at the buffet.  Do Israelis know what a line is?  There is so much yelling at each other across the tables and people seem to be having such a good time! Multiple families seem to be spending holiday together.  We see one child who is curious, walking around, climbing on chairs, but not yelling like many of the others. Curiosity of kids!  As we grow older, does that get conditioned out of us?  We are born without fears - fear of falling, making mistakes, not being can we keep that child in us?

While at the buffet, Harvey waits for someone to finish selecting cheese.  Before he can get to the knife another man pushes in front of him and starts getting cheese. Harvey says "don't mind me ..." Apparently the offender does not, because he ignored Harvey.  After getting his cheese Harvey moves on to the bread board. Guess who cuts ahead again!  However, this time I am getting bread.  Harvey motions for me to take my time.  Eventually the bad guy gets impatient with me and moves away.  I realize that it was a very minor victory, but Harvey really enjoyed it!

We fall into our lounge chairs at our room's terrace, and put on our ipod headphones to block out the kids shouting.  Harvey passes a song that came up randomly on his ipod, "Looking for Space" by John Denver:
"On the road of experience, trying to find my own way, sometimes I wish I could fly away.  When I think that I'm moving, suddenly things stand still.  I'm afraid because I think they always will.  
And I'm looking for space and find out who I am.  And I'm looking to know and understand.  It's a sweet, sweet dream.  Sometimes I'm almost there.  Sometimes I fly like an Eagle.  Sometimes I'm deep in despair.
All alone in the universe.  Cause sometimes that's how it seems and then I look in the center and suddenly everything is clear. I find myself in the sunshine and my dreams.
On the road of experience, come and join in the living day.  If there's an answer, it's just that it's just that way.  It's just that way.
Sometimes I fly like an Eagle, like an Eagle, I go fly...high!"

Harvey then passes me Vivaldi, which is so beautiful and inspirational.  We talk about what we want to do today and discuss the options.  I feel that it's important to get some rest, but not sure I can do it here and maybe we could find a quieter location in Eilat somewhere.  Harvey says the feeling of peace comes from the self. Questioning should I do this or that, not being content with what one is doing causes anxiety.    I agree, but point out that the environment also helps.  Harvey says we can find the peace inside.  So, with ipods, reading, writing, and the pool as activities, that's what we decide to do.

We change into bathing suits and go for a dunk in the pool.  And now we meet what we believe to be the only other couple in the hotel and they are our next door neighbors.  Keith is from the U.K. and Atmit is from Israel.  Harvey determines that Keith has commitment issues and Atmit absolutely agrees. We talk and laugh.

Then comes the live jazz saxophonist playing Brazilian rhythms.  We love the energy and vibrancy!  We have lunch over a fatoush salad, watching the saxophonist.

By late afternoon, we make our way to the beach so we can touch the Red Sea. After all, we have touched the Mediterranean, Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea, and we must now complete the circle by touching the Red Sea!  We've been to the most northern town, Metulla, and now the southern, Eilat.    We return to our burger place early before it gets too busy and then back to our hotel for packing.  Tomorrow is Jerusalem!  

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