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Shalom and Welcome to Israel.......

After a very rough start, we are here. Right before we were leaving for the airport, I realized that I didn't have Louie's passport. It had fallen out in my mother's car when I went to return some shorts. Thanks to my mother, who seems to remember everything, my great son and my patient husband, we prevailed and we were on our way. Our flight........ considering it was overnight, was not that bad. EL AL.....airline of class. We were first asked a number of questions by a girl who could have been Shaina's age. She wanted to know where we packed our bags, who we met in the last 24 hours and why in the world we were visiting Israel. We explained that we had been there in 1976 and always wanted to return. She seemed very happy with our answer. Then onto the plane. After take off we were given hot towels to wash and treated to great heros, Israeli style. Then lights out and a flight attendant walked around most of the night with water in hand in case we became thirsty. (Sleep) Two hours before landing another hot towel and breakfast.....eggs with bagels and lox. A taxi to Tel Aviv and our first look at the country we visited over thirty years ago. Tel Aviv looks a lot like Miami, but the signs are in Hebrew. Our apartment is about five blocks from the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean is beautiful and the water is delightful. Last night we walked around the streets until 12:30 and it seemed that everyone was also cruising at that time. We went to the supermarket and a man approached us and asked if we were Americans.....( Louie with his shirts) We said yes....and the conversation started. We discussed the political system in the US as well as Israel. It seems that some Israelis are worried about Obama. The question is .....is he really good for Israel??????? We explained that the other side is much worse, but I could understand the apprehension. I am sure as this trip continues we find out more and more about how Israelis feel and how they view the world. While walking around today, we noticed that the people look very different from Americans. They are not overweight and are in excellent physical condition. Well tomorrow I will update you on some tourist sites and our future plans for this wonderful country. Shalom

Posted by frimit 12:13

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it was a rough start huh?wow you are so close to the mediterranean sea! and politics?haha

p.s. you should post pictures...

by radjahaba18

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