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Tel Aviv, Day...um...4? [Jan. 17th, 2006|06:21 pm]
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Hard keeping track. In some ways, it's hard to believe that things only happened a day ago, in others I can't believe how quickly it's all passing.

Went to Jaffa yesterday. It is an old city, which legend holds was founded by one of Noah's sons. So its footprint is very Middle Eastern - narrow, steep alleyways leading from the port up into the city.

In other ways, it was a bit "Middle East Disney." The city has been revitalized and restored, and turned into an artisit's colony. Which means that the cobbles have been replaced with more user-friendly/handicap accessible stones, and there is a slight artificial feel to the whole thing. It really pointed out to me the tension between keeping a place a living, livable environ and preservation. It was really amazing to stand at the top of the hill, overlooking both the ancient city and, in the distance, the lights of very-modern Tel Aviv.

We ate at the most amazing restaurant, Margaret Tayor's, where there was no menu, no other patrons, and the food was astounding. The first course was hummus, bab ganoush, stuffed peppers, braised eggplant, stuffed grape leaves, and several other dishes, all with as much pita as we needed. Following was couscous with vegetables and chicken that was delicious. All with a very nice wine. We were stuffed by the end, so three of us walked along the beautiful boardwalk back the 3-4 miles to Tel Aviv. \It feels utterly safe, walking here in the evening.

Tonight we are just wandering the streets of Tel Aviv, doing a bit of shopping. Tomorrow is Jerusalem. Not as much exciting stuff to report. I read all your comments, and promise not to have any more adventures of quite so frightening a nature. I haven't purchased enough internet time to respond to them, but I am reading and enjoying!

[User Picture]From: fictionalizedme
2006-01-17 04:40 pm (UTC)
I haven't written any comments yet (well, except for now), but I enjoy reading about your adventures. Stay safe, and we'll see you back on this side of the Pond soon!
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2006-01-17 04:48 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful trip :-)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-17 04:49 pm (UTC)
That was one of the things I loved about living in Israel - the absolute safety (even as a kid) to go out any time of night and walk anywhere. Even now, with the greatly increased population density and the bars on the windows (non-existent while I lived there), it still feels safer than any comparably populated American metropolis.

Will you have time to wander around for a while, i.e., Jerusalem, Haifa, Tveria?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-21 06:25 pm (UTC)
Just Jerusalem - short trip, and filled with day-long class sessions. But I feel so fortunate that I got to go at all!
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2006-01-17 04:50 pm (UTC)
Collecting lots of experiences = invaluable. Thanks for the updates!! I'm glad to be able to follow along, just a little.

All you're missing here is the January thaw. Nothing noteworthy.
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[User Picture]From: rose7
2006-01-17 04:55 pm (UTC)
I very much enjoy reading about your travel in Israel. Thank you for sharing this experience.
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[User Picture]From: on_reserve
2006-01-17 05:13 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how such a "dangerous" place as Israel feels so safe. I totally felt safe walking around at night. Then again, I was a white American Jew wandering Jewish occupied areas so it's pretty easy to feel safe.
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2006-01-17 05:22 pm (UTC)


Your trip is sounding amazing hon. I am glad you are enjoying yourself. Enjoy yourself as much as you can. Traveling is one the most thrilling things one can do.

When you become a famous lawyer, you can take Ferrett and travel around the globe to exciting places and exotic venues!
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[User Picture]From: his_angel
2006-01-17 06:29 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you are having an amazing time. I'm enjoying reading about your time there. Not much purpose to this comment except to let you know I'm reading and not commenting myself trying to respect your lack of internet time. There will be plenty of time for comments when you get back!

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[User Picture]From: fieryfae469
2006-01-17 07:07 pm (UTC)
wow. Nothing remotely this exciting is happening here. LOL You Rock and that meal sounds tremendous. Save me some willya? Just stuff some in your pockets and bring it on home??

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[User Picture]From: cathawk
2006-01-17 08:18 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmm...sounds like an awesome dinner.

Your trip sounds amazing so far--and I'm glad you plan to keep those harrowing moments to the one you had already.
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[User Picture]From: ldygwynedd
2006-01-17 09:14 pm (UTC)
I hope there's a way we can see pictures of all of this when you get back.

I love reading about your trip.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-21 06:31 pm (UTC)
My fellow travellers are supposed to share pictures. When I have ALL of them, I will be choosing the best ones and doing a long entry with loads of pictures.
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[User Picture]From: penmage
2006-01-17 10:40 pm (UTC)
What are you planning in Jerusalem? The Old City, I hope?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-21 06:33 pm (UTC)
Old City was all we had time for, and only a fraction of that. I SO want to go back!
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2006-01-17 11:23 pm (UTC)
I have been enjoying the reports of your visit to Israel. Glad to hear that you are having a lovely time. :)
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[User Picture]From: whatevah
2006-01-18 12:51 am (UTC)
I'm reliving my own trip there through you! Love reading people's travel logs...
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-01-18 01:42 am (UTC)
I will probably never be able to go myself, so being able to 'see' and 'experience' it through you is a wonderful thing. Thanks so much for taking the time to share it with us.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2006-01-18 04:10 am (UTC)
You're off to Jerusalem? Brilliant! Want numbers of very good & old friends of mine who'll take you round? He's the former ambassador to Cairo & Stockholm; she's originally French; I babysat their kids in Paris 30 years ago...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-21 06:37 pm (UTC)
Alas, I did not see this comment before going, and we honestly had next-to-no time there. One of the students came along as tour guide, though, and it was both good and bad - good in that he knew how to get to things, bad in that he wanted us to really understand it when we had only 5 hours to SEE it.

I am SO going back, and with Ferrett.
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[User Picture]From: beckyzoole
2006-01-19 12:45 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you got to Margaret Tayar's -- isn't it fabulous!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-21 06:44 pm (UTC)
It was. Amazing food.
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[User Picture]From: mananath
2006-01-19 04:34 pm (UTC)
just read about the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.. hope you and everyone in your group is OK!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-21 07:04 pm (UTC)
We were fine, but I appreciate the concern!
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[User Picture]From: firefred
2006-01-19 11:13 pm (UTC)

Are you alright?

I just got some bad news about another bombing in TelAviv!
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2006-01-20 02:29 am (UTC)

Re: Are you alright?

She's fine. No worries.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-21 07:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Are you alright?

It did not affect us at all. Thank you for being worried!
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