I entered Israel and wanted to leave immediately!

Two days ago I endured, but thankfully overcame, the three most incredibly difficult, unpleasant hours of my life. Take a breath folks for I have entered the Holy Land. I have entered Israel, by foot, via the most southerly land border. The bus from Dahab was nearly 45 minutes late. Bloody Egypt. We arrive at the Taba (Egypt) bus station 1.5 hours later. The journey was slow and relentless in mountain scenery (this it the ...

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Eilat, Israel: Like stepping into another world...

Eilat is the town you default to entering when taking the Yitzhak Rabin land border crossing. By the time I had arrived in Eilat's town centre, I felt like I had been transported back to the future, though only back to last year. You see, after six weeks in north Africa, the differences were both immediate and undeniable. So much so that I had begun to 'feel' the differences and not just 'see' them. This sensation felt far more profound t ...

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A big hole in the Negev desert

My stay in the Negev desert would also bring with it two new first experiences... So Israel's desert covers over 50% of its entire landmass! As such, it was almost inevitable I'd get to see or cross some of it on my journey throughout Israel. You know how back home it's often a case of getting to a destination as quickly as possible? Well here I'm hoping for the exact opposi ...

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Hanging out in Jerusalem

So if ever there was a post title to confuse and cause a little ambivalence, it's gotta be this one. I mean, Israel. Jerusalem. Hanging out. Those words can't possibly go together, can they!? Well, surprise surprise as Jerusalem really is quite the place to 'hang out' despite its religious significance, heavily disputed ground or that it's the cultural melting pot of all melting pots!  Considering just how many coun ...

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A day trip to Bethlehem

Bethlehem is very close in distance to the wonderful but heavily disputed city of Jerusalem. Such convenient proximity made it perfect to plan a day trip here rather than needing to stay over and look for accommodation for the night. That said, did you know that Bethlehem is actually a Palestinian city located in the West Bank? I didn't. This I came to realise makes a lot of holiday makers nervous which is partially why the hostel tour ...

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The Golan Heights and the Dead Sea

So I've been quite busy this last week (but in a good way) as you might have deduced from my lack of posts. Well, I'm hoping you thought to yourselves he's probably been busy having a  good time rather than the equally very real alternative of me being assimilated by a plethora of evangelical preachers! The fun started in the not-so-fun village of Nazareth. For those unfamiliar with Nazareth, it's said to be where Jesus spent ...

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A return and final farewell to Jerusalem

Reading back through my first Jerusalem post from a couple of weeks ago, I noticed the last line of my text was: 'Jerusalem, you and I have unfinished business...'.  Low and behold I have returned to this glorious city of old charm and modern wonder to try and accomplish seeing a few more sights that I previously missed. In fairness, the fact that Israel is a relatively small (but modern) country has made such gall ...

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Hello Tel Aviv, goodbye Israel...

Greetings from Tel Aviv, Israel's pseudo-capital city. Tel Aviv, however, is nowhere near the Negev desert but hopefully you'll find that image above taken just last week a lot more captivating than say, a random city skyscraper. Rather poignantly, this will be my final Israel post as the time has come for me to move on from this very welcoming country. To think that 18 months or so ago, I hadn't even heard of ...

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Ejected from a Palestinian bus

Today I was removed from a pubic bus but fear (or laugh) not for the title is more dramatic than the experience thankfully was. If anything though the circumstances that warranted my removal make the crux of the story and that was due to my own monumental stupidity. Ok, that's a little harsh, doopy forgetfulness. One of my reasons for returning to Jerusalem was that its central location would mean it would be easy to vis ...

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