The day of rest

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
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Trip End Oct 01, 2008


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Saturday, January 19, 2008

A late morning is accompanied by a very quiet city as we do a walking tour of Tel Aviv. 

The square in front of city hall provides for story time (Yael is always telling great stories that are always chalk full of color and fact), but the mood turns somber as we come across the memorial of where Yitzak Rabin was shot in 1995 after asking the country to come together to find peace.  Two of the Israeli soldiers tell the story of what they were doing that day, much like I many American's would tell the story of 9/11.  Turns out that the assassin is still alive in jail and has subsequently married and had a kid, insane!

We have a short lecture/briefing on the current situation in the Middle East and although the speaker is quite funny, the talk doesn't seem to hit home as hard as it was intended as it was given by an English reporter.  A stroll on the beach promenade finally shows the lively culture that is Tel Aviv as there are traditional folk dancers, paddle ball players, and restaurants that are teaming with people.  The weather is beautiful and I quickly see how people fall in love with the city!

Another night club provides for yet another opportunity for a bunch of groups to get together and act like drunk Americans, however, I leave the club with a few of the people I've been connecting with and we wait outside having yet another deep philosophical discussion.  I'm amazed at how immature the kids come off as when you remove yourself and try to look from the perspective of outsiders.  Back at the hotel, I can't fall asleep and stay awake until all hours of the morning.  I call home for the first time and realize that I'm not going home anytime soon.  Insert deep thoughts here.
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