Israel Trip 2004
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Boston was pretty good, if you don't count the fact that I was sick for most of it, had to work for much of it, and Sonia got sick toward the end. Got to see my brother's new house, hang out with relatives, etc. Missed my grandmother's 80th birthday by two days (it was after we left for Israel).
I went swimming in the red sea. It was warm, and the view was pretty amazing. Slippers recommended because of the pointy rocks and sea urchins (my brother trod upon one of the latter).
The camels are entertaining to ride. Kind of like a motorized couch - very large. Sonia's camel was young and enamored of the camera. She had a knack for sticking her head into the shot to block us out.
All the camels were female, they were clean and did not spit. Stop stereotyping.
After the camel ride, the guide made us pita bread and Bedouin tea. The Bedouin tea was insanely sweet (not quite sweet enough for Sonia, but pretty close). The pita was good. The goat cheese optionally smeared upon the pita was questionable. I am not sure cheese is supposed to crunch when you bite down on it.
Sadly, there are no photos of us on the Dead Sea worth posting. There is, however, an excellent clip of me attempting to swim in the Dead Sea. I'm sure it'll make its circuit at some point.
The bazaar in Nazareth was very entertaining. Everyone in Israel bargains over everything. Except maybe in the grocery store. (Malls are fair game.)
Not much to add about this. Worthwhile place to visit.
The horrible cottage cheese people in ultra-low jeans and belly tops are another story. Ditto for the pregnant chicks and 10 year olds in the same attire.