Ascetic Ashdod to Jerusalem and Bethlehem
Trip Start May 01, 2008
43Trip End Jun 24, 2009
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We awoke as the ship berthed in Ashdod and watched as a seemingly endless procession of buses began to make its way on to the docks. Our passports had been checked by the Israelis on board and we were given them back yesterday with a loose shore embarkation slip in the passport but no stamp since if we were to go to an Arab country we wouldn't be able to enter with an Israeli stamp imprinted.
We took the bus at quarter past seven and out guide was an Israeli born fellow called Yehuda whose parents left Nazi Germany in the mid 1930s. He was interesting to an extent but as the day wore on we found his trenchantly nationalistic views a bit hard to stomach. He seemed to have a very hard attitude towards the Arabs despite the fact that his kids went to school with some of them. He had a hard edged and we found ourselves turning off his commentary, simply seeing the sights and making sure that we didn’t get lost or separated from the group – No. 7 - in the melees at the various sites we visited, so crowded were they. The bus trip from Ashdod to Jerusalem was a bit of a revelation for me since I had no idea of just how hilly the area is. We passed several areas which seemed affluent and which he said were areas where the Arab people lived.