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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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Tomorrow is the Big Day

Posted by madtrippin on April 6, 2008

Tomorrow is the big flight.  The taxi service is all set up for the morning.  I think I’ve got everything ready to be packed.  I’m going to miss my family, but I’m excited.

Talked to Gabe this morning and I’ll be talking to my parents to coordinate tomorrows events.  I don’t think Gabe or I will be able to make an entry tomorrow, unless I can find a wifi connection in Kennedy Int’l airport.  Otherwise, we’ll be in the air most of the day and won’t really be anywhere until Tuesday.

I just put Emma to bed for the last time before the trip.  We had plenty of tears.  The first couple days of me being away will probably be pretty hard for her, but she’ll be just fine.  They’ll probably call most days and I’ve told her to email me every night about her day.

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