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Andrew’s 1st Day…

Posted by madtrippin on April 8, 2008

This is really the second day, but first in Israel – the first was ALL travel.  I won’t be posting pictures this time, as there’s no WIFI at this hotel and it’s getting late, but we’ll work it out for tomorrow. 

Sunday night I checked my flight, just for the heck of it and found out my original flight was cancelled and resceduled to arrive in NY at 10pm.  The problem with that was that the flight to Rome was to leave NY at 4pm.  Needless to say… I freaked out and talked to the travel agent and they said to just show up when you were supposed to be there and the airline would fix it. 

Monday at 4:45am the cab showed up and took me to the airport to the tune of $57.  I got there and rescheduled a flight at 6:00am through Detroit and then NY.  Met up with Gabe, mom and dad and the rest of the group at crazy insane JFK.  We hopped on the overnight flight and then transferred in Rome to fly to Tel Aviv.  I learned that, although most Europeans cherish the use of standing in line… that doesn’t apply to Italians or Israelis.

The flight to Rome was really long, but bearable.  I listened to an audiobook – I am Legend – not bad.  I slept all the way through the flight to Israel, then hopped on a bus for Tiberias with the crew.  Israel is much more diverse than I’d thought (in terms of climate).  It’s mostly very dry, but there are some moist fertile areas that are totally based on agriculture.  We saw the Sea of Gallilee and took a few pics and saw the notorious Golan Heights.  We’re staying in a hotel right across the Sea of Gallilee from the heights and Syria for 2 days.

The trip as been pretty uneventful as of yet, other than Gabe’s inappropriate comments, that fortunately, everyone in the group seems to think are funny.  We’re also going to try some Israeli beverage called Sakura (not sure of the spelling or pronunciation really).  More on that tomorrow.

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Travel Itinerary – Israel

Posted by madtrippin on April 5, 2008

April 7 – Travel Day

  • Minneapolis to New York
  • New York to Rome (overnight flight)

April 8 – Final Travel Day – Free Day

  • Rome to Tel Aviv
  • Check into hotel – Tiberias
  • Remainder of the day is open

April 9

  • Sea of Galilee Boat Ride
  • Capernaum
  • Ancient Boat Build
  • Mount of Beatitudes
  • Tabgha
  • Chapel of the Primacy
  • Jordan River

April 10

  • Beit Shean
  • Nazareth
  • Cana
  • Tel Megiddo
  • Caesarea
  • New Hotel in Jerusalem

April 11

  • Jericho
  • Qumran
  • Bethlehem
  • Shepherd’s Field

April 12

  • Haas Promenade
  • Mount of Olives – man I love olives
  • Chapel of the Ascension
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • Mount Zion
  • House of Caiaphas
  • Upper Room
  • King David’s Tomb

April 13

  • Southern Wall Excavations
  • Teaching Steps
  • Western Wall
  • Cardo
  • Pool of Bethesda
  • Church of St. Anne
  • Antonia Fortress
  • Via Dolorosa
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre

April 14

  • Masada
  • Dead Sea Tour

April 15

  • Ein Karem
  • Garden Tomb
  • Afternoon Free

April 16

  • Fly from Tel Aviv to Rome
  • Check into hotel

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