Day 1: Arrived in Israel
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It took a LONG, LONG time to get here. I left Austin at noon on Sunday and arrived in Tel Aviv at 10pm on Monday night. That includes a 2 hour weather delay and electrical problems on the plane that involved shutting it off and rebooting it (while on the runway, but unsettling nonetheless). But I am finally here and can hopefully relax a bit.
Or maybe not... After we got picked up at the airport, one of our guides tells us that the freeway to Jerusalem might be backed up. He explains how a terrorist forced a tour bus off the highway on this date and people are out at the Memorial on this night.
I survive the bus ride and make it to our hotel, Ramat Rachel (named thusly because it's at the site of burial of the Matriarch Rachel). It's in the southern end of Jerusalem. Before 1967, the swimming pool would have been in Jordan. One side of the hotel looks toward the lights of the little town of Bethelam. It suddenly hits me that I'm in Israel. Really in Israel.
I reunite with my coworker Sara and stagger into my little bed (it's really short...we call them Hobbit beds) for some much needed sleep.