Day 28: Shalom and So Long
Trip Start May 19, 2009
30Trip End Jun 16, 2009
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So we went to Metzitzim Beach next door, the very northernmost beach in Tel Aviv, just short of the port area and the domestic airport just across the river that marks the city limits. Besides, it had a restaurant. And it was cool to be at the beach from the movie of the same name (vice versa, actually). One last time, we set up camp right on the edge of the water; the guy who collects the payment for the lounge chairs and umbrella came by, as did the waiter; and we took out our books and iPods
Six hours later, time to pack up and head home to clean up. Sorry to go, we walked slowly past the beaches and up the small hill, taking a last look at the sea and boardwalk, the matkot games still in full swing below. Surfers were washing off under the public showerheads, and a squirming puppy was getting cleaned off, too.
After cleaning up, we headed on the spur of the moment to the gay community center in Gan Meir (Meir Park). (The cabbie misheard me, although he insisted he hadn't, and took us to Gan Ha-Ir (City Park) instead, prompting a whole re-negotiation of the cab ride and a stop at an ATM.) We found the Israeli folkdancing class we were looking for there, but it wasn't really a lesson, the dozen or so people having been in the class for a year, we were told
Tomorrow, our ride to the airport comes at 8:10 a.m., so since the day will be spend in transit, and nothing more of interest is likely to happen (I hope), this is the last entry. Thought it would never end, did you? On the other hand, I sort of wish it wouldn't, since I've enjoyed being back here in Israel so much, and enjoyed writing about it. It's been a really great experience, and we're both sad to leave, though it will be nice to be home and see our friends, of course. Thanks to those of you who have helped us on the trip, especially Sheri, Joseph, Shana, John, Malka, and Leor. Thank you to those who read this blog, and especially those of you who have commented or sent notes or let me know you enjoyed it, which was very gratifying. I hope you all get to see Israel some day soon, and include me in your travel correspondence.