I am encapsulating Israel

Journal of my Journeys - Israel  
Saturday June 19, 2010

I am currently on the airplane headed toward Newark, New Jersey. The flight is around 4.5 hours long, then we layover for a couple hours before we fly to Tel Aviv, Israel. It's amusing to think I am going on this journey again, but obviously to different places. Just three long/short years ago, I traveled internationally and now I get to do it again!

san diego airport
Goodbye San Diego!, 2010
I am presently sitting in seat 20A; I am responsible for opening the emergency exit in case it is necessary. I am a potential lifesaver! Rather unfortunately there was no vegetarian options to eat, but I was served salad, carrots, brownie, and a Mr. Pibb knockoff.

Also, this is rather interesting: the lady next to me found it imperative to order a margarita!

Day #1 of Euro Trip #2 was, for the most majority, spent on an airplane.

Sunday June 20, 2010
So far, the trip has mainly been spent on an airplane. The second plane ride was 10 hours long, but seemed shorter due to the vast array of movies, shows, and music to watch on your own individual t.v.

tel aviv train
Trainspotting in Tel Aviv , 2010
We arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel at around 5 p.m.-ish. We rode a train to Haifa and then a taxi to our hostel. We bought food from a little food market. Triangle-y spinach things. A short day, as all our journey was traveling from Point A to B to C. Israel's buildings are pretty; there is a noticeable difference between American architecture and Israeli.

Monday June 21, 2010
Woke up relatively early for Carmen standards, 7:30ish. Got ready then we went to breakfast across the street; it was delish. Yogurt, cucumbers, cheese, bell peppers, etc. A hearty and healthy start to an excruciatingly hot day. Fully gets this hot, but I make sure not to trek across town at that point.

Haifa is beautiful. Regardless of my complete uninterest in pilgrimage, I can appreciate the splendor that is the Baha'i temple, shrine, gardens and all that nonsense. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around Haifa, off Baha'i property. I tried my best to capture everything on my camera, kind of like I am encapsulating Israel in my camera for those who didn't get a chance to come here; plus, it cements Haifa in my head, seeing as I'll always be able to look back on my photos.

haifa streets
Stairway to Haifa, 2010
I walked throughout the shrine/garden; it was hot. My face nearly melted off. I truly welcome the local food; it has been easy for me to find things to eat. I even had some magnificent falafels to eat for dinner. I love the structures here. When I walked around alone, it was eye-opening to see a day of the average Israeli. I saw a few young boys playing basketball and saw a cow carcass in a meat truck (EW!).

haifa butcher
I'm Vegetarian, 2010

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