Tel Aviv & Jerusalem

Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
Trip End Oct 10, 2012

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Flag of Israel  , Ramat Gan,
Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thursday morning we woke up bright and early to watch the desert sunrise. It was really something as the photos indicate. We then had breakfast and caught an early bus to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is an interesting place with many different faiths and cultures mixed together. We walked through the cool little agora like marketplaces where the smells are great and the people are interesting. We went to the wailing wall, which was fascinating. I was asked by a person if I am Jewish, and said "no, I'm nothing" ( which was a mistake, I should have said no religion ) The man went on to tell me that I'm something in this world and not to think I'm nothing or I'll become nothing etc etcetc blah blah blah. He then asked me if my mother is Jewish, then left me alone. I then wailed at the wall and left my note in the cracks.

We walked past the sepulcher, and the via dolorosa which was apparently Jesus' path with the cross. An orthodox Jew (penguin) asked Raz if he'd prayed in the morning to which he replied "Yes, 6 times" which I thought was really funny. After a few more hours of walking around we'd had enough of being hassled by merchants and had an ice coffee, then took the train to Tel Aviv. It was pretty cool being in such an historic place.

Our luck with hotels quite clearly didn't last as our room was ordinary (think formule one Mum) This was good though, as it gave us an excuse to get out and about. We met Raz's friend Uri and had a few drinks, and we had dinner (hommus) at a place where Netanyahu had been.

Next day we walked to Yafo, which is an old Arabic town which has been kind of swallowed by Tel Aviv. It was also very beautiful with flea markets and good ice coffee. We then went to the beach, which is characterised by a constant pock noise by a strange game called Matkot. Also there were white jellyfish about. We then had a beautiful tapas dinner at Raz's friend's restaurant which was a highlight.

Saturday we walked Rothschild boulevard in central Tel Aviv. It was really hot as always but the great ice coffee they have in israel lept us goong. We had burgers for dinner then went to a protest about living prices in israel and compulsory military service. There were thousands of people and it was quite interesting, although apparently some man self immolated during the protest which was a bit of an extreme reaction, I would have thought.

I had a really good time in Tel Aviv, it's a very modern and liberal city with lots of interesting things going in. This morning we had to rearrange our plans a little bit, and went straight to Raz's place in Nahariyya in the north of Israel. I am meeting Raz's mother and sister tonight for a home cooked dinner which I am looking forward to!
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Ryan on

Hey Matty
Loving the entries - that beach looks very familiar haha! Hope you're loving the food and Raz's wonderful hospitality.
Cheers big ears

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