Trip Start Jun 11, 2013
7Trip End Jun 21, 2013
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We have arrived in Tel Aviv. It is a bustling and cosmopolitan city. For some reason, many people were getting married today!
We arrived late last night just in time for dinner at our hotel. We are right on the Mediterranean Sea which I got a chance to swim and play in the waves this afternoon!
Our first stop this morning after breakfast was the Biayalik School. You can see below for a link for more information. Basically, this school serves the needs of 900 immigrant/refugee children from all over the world
Academy Award Winning Documentary about the Bialik Rogozin School (our first stop): http://www.strangersnomoremovie.com (Raven, sorry we never got a chance to watch it in class).
We had lunch in Yafo- supposedly the place where Jonah set sail before he was swallowed by a whale in the Biblical story. It was old. See pics.
Then we met with Gisha, an organization that works to empower movement for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. So, I didn't realize this but Israel has been tightening up their noose around Gaza since they withdrew their settlements in 2005
I have posters of Gaza Strip for you. You can look at the checkpoints in Google Earth.
On our way back to the hotel, we saw the "White City". It is a type of architecture (Bauhaus) that has been named a UN world heritage site.
You can see it below on Google.
Tel Aviv via Google Wonders: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/worldwonders/tel-
aviv/#ql=3 (See Nova, it looks like Europe!).
First question for some Israel Geo Swag:
What is the currency here and what is the US dollar exchange rate?