Day 30: Rest day!

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

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

This is the rest day we had planned for Eilat.  We sleep late and wake up exhausted! We feel like we just need a quiet day to sit on our terrace and do whatever.  I want to read and Harvey wants to play his guitar.   After breakfast, we putz (technical term for not doing much) around a bit and take a nap. We wake up and stroll over to Lavan at the Cinemateque for a light lunch.  We are lucky to get a table for Saturday lunch, as evidently it is best to have a reservation.  Back at our room, we putz some more and now take an even longer nap!  When we wake up, we sit on our terrace and hear what are either fireworks or gun shots from behind the wall with the West Bank.  I put on the telephoto lens thinking that maybe I will be able to see something.  I don't, but get some interesting photos of the two walls we can clearly see from our terrace:  1) the Old City wall and 2) the West Bank barrier wall.   It is another one of those only in Israel moments as I absorb this time in history.

Tonight when we arrive at Lavan for dinner, we say we have reservations and we are escorted to a wonderful table overlooking the Old City.  We watch as the sunsets and the light changes on the wall.  These are no ordinary moments!    
We are seated next to a table with two Israeli families.  One of the young girls is unusually inquisitive. She wanders off checking out everything.  She even goes outside on her own.  Since she ends up at our table we get to meet our neighbors. We have a fascinating discussion with the two fathers, sharing our impressions of the different people we have met and the possibilities for peace.  Both men seem optimistic, yet realistic.  They both agree that peace will take a few hundred more years.  It will take several generations to get to the point where people finally accept the compromises required for peace.  We have heard so many opinions on this subject it is mind boggling.  The governments hope for agreements this year, yet others think it will be centuries before agreements will be meaningful.

Returning to our terrace, we talk about how much we needed to stop the world and get off today.  As we watch the lights of Jerusalem, we hear the mosque call to prayers. Later, we hear church bells peeling.

Before going to sleep, we watch one of our favorite televisions shows from the U.K., Dr. Who.  Every week the Doctor saves the world.  It's just plain fantasy and a fun way to end our day!
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