Well, because I don't get to read the newspaper everyday in the Dead Sea!
Probably the most bizarre of them all! No, I don't mean the country, but I meant my plans on visiting Israel. Not that I didn't want to; I guess I was so much the "quaint cobbled European street" or the "dog rough mountain trail" kinda bloke, that a rather sterile visit to the Holy Land seemed a bit far-left for me. So I suppose I was the most surprised when I decided to go ahead and just do it.
Looking back on the trip on wet day in Portland, a week removed from the official start of Spring'17, I have to say the trip really changed my perceptions of the country. Whilst one thinks of the holy spots dotted across the country and across centuries, my biggest takeaway was the modern Israel, a country that seems to enjoy a very high standard of living and one that's held its own ground despite tensions and issues with other countries in the Middle East.
Like I always do, I've shared a few photos here of the trip that I believe are the highlights, for those that don't have time to read my blog in its entirity.