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Trip: Israel

There are [9] stories from my trip: Israel

Leaving the land of Eretz Yisrael...

ISRAEL | Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | Views [1006]

A day late and several hundred dollars short, we finally prepare to leave the ancient land of Eretz Yisrael , the land of Judea and Samaria, home to seemingly opposing religions and nationalities that have more in common than anyone cares to admit. As ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, religion, sightseeing

On human rights and missing flights...

ISRAEL | Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | Views [876]

After my first attempt at surfing and a fun day of paddle boarding, the last day of our trip arrived. That evening, I had the pleasure of meeting an old friend of David's who used to live in the U.S., but now makes Israel his home. This friend is a peace ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, planes trains & automobiles

Making our way to Tel Aviv...

ISRAEL | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [1088]

After leaving Jerusalem, we headed into Palestinian territory as we made our way through Jericho and north to Galilee. We had an interesting (but not unpleasant) experience at a checkpoint when we were "randomly selected" for a full car search, ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing

Mazel Tov!

ISRAEL | Saturday, 26 Mar 2011 | Views [1328]

Today is the day of Tiferet's (David's niece) Bat Mitzvah, which is being held at the family's synagogue in Ma'aleh Adumim, where they live. Ma'aleh Adumim is in an Israeli territory just outside of Jerusalem. In Israel, the term "territory"... Read more >

Tags: religion

All is well with us in Israel...

ISRAEL | Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | Views [1044]

Perhaps I spoke too soon when I wrote in my last post that the level of danger and safety feels like any other country in this part of the world. Yesterday afternoon a bombing outside the Central Bus Station (which is near our hotel) killed a British ... Read more >

Tags: adventures

Exploring the Old City...

ISRAEL | Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | Views [1069]

We've had the pleasure of doing a lot with David's family while we've been here. Last night we celebrated the birthday of his eldest niece, Seri, and the night before David's sister graciously invited me to attend her 50th birthday party. It was a ... Read more >

Tags: religion, sightseeing

Photos: Israel

ISRAEL | Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | Photo Gallery

All photos taken by Colleen Finn
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Experiencing 'lots'...

ISRAEL | Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | Views [978]

I think many travelers know what a treat it is to experience, first hand, how a culture celebrates a holiday—even if it isn't a holiday that is celebrated by your own religion or home country. As luck would have it, we've arrived in Israel just ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, religion

Shalom from Jerusalem...

ISRAEL | Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | Views [1238]

Here I am, in Israel at last. I've wanted to visit this country for years, but the opportunity just never arose. This is a unique trip for me for several reasons. First, I am not doing volunteer work, therefore the trip is shorter than my normal. Second, ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, planes trains & automobiles, religion