Sunday, September 30, 2012

Shalom Israel! - Part 1: A Glimpse of Israel

Shalom everyone!

Although Israel has been in the spotlight for its religious significance and political climate, it was only when I worked at a travel company that I got interested in the country. The numerous brochures that contained tours to Israel showed amazing photos and the itineraries contained several amazing sites and experiences. The more I looked at the brochures, the more I felt the urge to visit this unique country. I never knew much about Judaism or Christianity and with Israel being the birthplace of these religions, I thought that traveling there would be a great way to learn about these different faiths and the distinct cultures of the country.

It was a last minute decision to go there and David and I bought our tickets merely a few days before departure. We were warned by friends and many websites that the security procedures at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv would be excessive and sometimes not very pleasant. And we had to make sure we planned every single detail of the trip to show the authorities we knew what we were doing. So this was our 12-day itinerary:

Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Ein Gedi - Masada - Nazareth - Zefat - Haifa - Tel Aviv

We skipped the desert and Eilat as we'd already done a desert trek in neighboring Jordan and felt it wouldn't be necessary this time.

Entering Israel was actually quite a breeze! We were just asked basic questions and could then finally start our adventure! Although we landed in Tel Aviv, we headed straight to Jerusalem with a shared taxi that we booked at the airport directly.

There's a lot to cover about Israel in different segments so for now, here's a video that gives you a quick glimpse of the country! Up next, historic Jerusalem!


Shalom said...

Very nice summary, cannot wait to read more.

Banoo said...

It was really wonderful to read your Glimpse of Israel. Awaiting to visit that region soon as I always want to see the birth place of Jesus/Bethlehaem .....


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