T minus 10
Trip Start May 19, 2009
30Trip End Jun 16, 2009
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I had a great time, though: I made friends from Israel and all over the world.
My parents came to visit, and we traveled all over Israel. They had brought me to Israel for the first time, for three weeks in 1977; I went back for six weeks in 1978 on a really personally unforgettable trip with kids my age (15-16), some of whom I am friends with 31 years later. (I cannot hear "Saturday Night Fever" or "Grease" without thinking of that memorable summer in Israel and the Sinai.) So, after three trips in relatively quick succession, I did not expect so much time would go by until my next visit.
But here we are in 2009. I'm really delighted to get back to see familiar Jerusalem; to visit many new places, especially Petra, in Jordan; to see how the country has changed in the intervening years; to hear and read and speak Hebrew (and Arabic, inshallah); to visit some old friends and meet new ones; and to do it all with Kevin, who will be seeing it with new eyes.
Ten days to go. Preparations continue: research, shopping, packing... I'm convinced that half the fun is the anticipation. We have an itinerary full of interesting and fun things to do, though, and I look forward to keeping in touch through this blog (http://www.travelpod.com/members/rmisaac). (I'm just getting the hang of this site. If you don't wish to get notifications of new entries, let me know.)
Here goes! !תבלו Tevalú! (Enjoy!)