How did we miss New Years??
Simple… our plane left JFK in New York at 1:20 pm on December 31st. New Years in Israel happenned 4 hours and 40 minutes after we took off which was far to early to celebrate. Eastern Standard Time New Years was at 7 am Israel time but we arrived at 6:30 am at Ben Gurion. Good luck trying to negotiate through passport control while tossing confetti. “Sylvestre” or not, the surly border police would not have been impressed. But whatever, I’m exhausted and it’s late and I am still going to post photos and tell you what we did today!
We of course started with our happy group photo. Can you spy Taltman/Oyster in there? How about Phoebe? Anyhow, afterwards, we headed off to Kfar Saba to hear a welcome message from
Yael (our tour guide): Who here knows Herod?
Trip participant: Harrod’s? That’s a department store in London!
Then we headed off for some ice breakers/team building excercises – lots of fun and big ups to the brave men and women who got wet for the sake of the group. Afterwards we visited the town of Zichron Yaakov on Mt. Carmel – I’d never been there before myself and was impressed that such a quaint town could uh… exist in Israel. Must be all the wine. This was followed by a visit to a Druze village where we all learnt something new about the Druze. Finally, our travels for the day ended at our Hotel in Haifa for some very badly needed sleep. Tomorrow we’re going to see the Bahai temple gardens, hot water springs and uh… other cool stuff. Really. Don’t expect anything deep from me – I am totally knackered from all the travel. Here are some pics for you to enjoy:
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