Eilat... The resort city of Israel

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
Trip End Oct 01, 2008

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

The bus rides keep getting better and we now have the Israeli soldiers riding with us so it makes for interesting conversations and many awkward/unsure laughs!  We head south through the Negev desert to Eilat.  The bus stops at the ancient Tel Maresha for an archeological dig and a little spelunking in some caves that were inhabited over 2,000 years ago.  We find some pottery, a few old animal bones, and a lot of dirt! 

After the dust gets just about everything dirty, we head to Ben Gurion's gravesite at Kibbutz Sde Boker which provides for a fabulous view over Ramon Crater.

Arriving in Eilat, we regroup and head to the boardwalk where Julia and I meet up with family friends Miki and Shifi Assif. 

They take us to a nice restaurant just off the beaten path and I enjoy a steak that is still trying to get away as I devour it.  The food is a welcomed respite from the grub we've been eating and the conversation is wonderful as well.  Miki dated my late aunt many years ago, when they were younger than us, and have stayed in touch with our family since.  They are entirely way too nice and we have to rejoin our group too quickly to really enjoy our time with them.

Now for the night, which turns out to be the best night of the trip!  We hit up a cool bar, Unplugged, on the boardwalk and watch the Patriots beat up on the Chargers as we dance the night away to mostly American music.  Then the bad news: not only do we need to go back to the hotel, but the hotel won't be showing the Giants/Packers game! 

Well, with a large portion of the group hailing from NY/NJ, that just wouldn't do.  Figuring that the game didn't start until 1:30am and that everyone else would be fast asleep, we head back out to a Irish sports bar, Paddy's, to catch the game.  The owner begrudgingly told us that they finally had to close at 2:30 am, but didn't kick us out until 4 am (because we kept buying drinks) at which point we convinced them to put the game on the big screen tv outside so we could watch the end.  Needless to say, we proceeded to convince the bartenders, owner and staff to sit outside with us in the freezing cold until 5:30am when the game ended in OT with a HUGE Giants victory!  Definitely going to be a night that will be remembered forever!!!
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