We are finally here, but...

Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
Trip End Sep 21, 2007

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

We finally landed in Ben Gurio International airport, got through passport inspection and customs with no problems and went out to get our rented cars from Budget.  A simple ordeal it seems ... but maybe not so simple.

They lost my parents' reservation , but that was easily rectified, however to find a car seat was another story.  We needed two, but they seem to have only one that was actually complete.  Every chair they brought us was broken, missing pieces etc.  After two hours ... TWO HOURS ... with two tired kids after a 10 hour flight and 15 hours traveling we finally were on our way.

Needless to say I've gotten a lot of "I told you so"s for my last minute decision to leave the child seat behind.

Of course our $170 rental almost trippled once we added in the car seats ($5 a day) and insurance, but that's OK, it would have trippled anyway but at $500 or so.

It's 18:00, we were hoping to be with our relatives in Sdot Yam by now and we are tired, too tired to even sleep driving a rented car in another country.  But we get there in one piece, and now our journey can really start.

Kibbutz Sdot-Yam (Fields of Ocean) is built right on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.  Since it is built on what once was Caesarea, an ancient Roman city, there are antiques all over (huge columns for example) and they find more and more every time they renovate or do new construction.  The beach is untouched, it does not belong to the kibbutz, but it is not an "official" beach either, meaning that there are no life guards or amenities on it.  Anyone can come, but it's not easy to get there since you have to go through private property, and the kibbutz is doing all it can to make it stay that way.

We managed to stay awake for several more hours, hopefully bypassing the jet leg by going to sleep at night and waking up refreshed in the morning, regardless of time zones.  Our daughter is amazing, she ran up to my aunt and hugged her (they met when she was about a year old), and when she meets my cousin she says hi to her like they were old friends who saw each other yesterday.
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