Bruchim ha'Baim l'Israel
Trip Start Feb 10, 2001
18Trip End Feb 22, 2001
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When we arrived inside the terminal, that's the first time I really noticed how much of a hit the country's tourism industry had taken due to the situation. The arrivals lounge was nearly empty; we were practically the only ones there. The customs officials all looked bored, and the tourist office people all looked a little sad. Normally, it would be jam-packed with tourists. What had happened in only six short months?
Seeing the big "Welcome to Israel" sign was really something. I think that's when it really hit me that I was actually back in Israel, after four long years. We all took pictures in front of the sign, and then boarded the big buses - our "homes" for the next 10 days - for the drive to Jerusalem.