Friday, November 7, 2008

Israel diary

October 23rd, 2008 Thursday in  plane, over the great basin.

 I am uncomfortable as always in an airplane (going to Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. The noise is very, very annoying. It and the fact that it is stuffy in here is giving me a head-ache. The little boy in front of me is not helping.

October 25th added: PS: Dutch Ketchup is weird. I know because I had a sausage roll at Schiphol airport in-between hurrying, getting lost, and getting very, very confused.

October 25th, 2008 Saturday
Writing for October 24.

 Yesterday started for me in the plane, where I was very uncomfortable. In that plane I watched the movie Hancock. Then we reached Tel-Aviv airport. We went to baggage. At baggage claim we waited and waited untill When in the shuttle to Jerusalem I had trouble not going to sleep.

October 25, 2008 Saturday
Jaffa gate hostel, Old City, Jerusalem

 Here is what happened:
4:30ish Am: breakfast
12 ish: write previous article
1 ish: Eat out and chess with mom
After that: Try to do the ram-part walk but arn't allowed.
So we try to go to the dome of the rock, end up in a market-place where we were treated well by two shopkeepers and bought a few things including a hand-done chess set and played chess over dinner.

October 28th, 2008 Monday for October 26, 27, and 29

Oct 26
 I woke up at 2 AM. I couldn't sleep until 3 AM. But I wasn't asleep.
We got up at 5 AM. We finished packing. After that we went out.
We got a $200 private tour. Then the tour guide showed us his families store...

 To put it simple:
 Mom could not chose which piece of jewelry to buy and always when it's like that she decides that she doesn't want to buy anything. They interpret that as hard bargaining.
Miriam took us to the bus station. I don't remember what happened after that.

Oct 27
 Here is what we did.
1) Wake up.
2) have free breakfast at Rutenburg
3) Go to PRC (the Baha'i pilgrim reception center)
4) Get pilgrim badges
5) Go to bank for money to get health insurance
6) get sushi
7) go to presentation
8) listen to it.
9) Go back to Molada guesthouse.
10) Try to use internet while mom gets her coat at PRC.

Oct 28
 Yesterday I woke up at 8:30. We went to breakfast at Rutenburg. I don't remember what happened next.

Oct 31, 2008

I went to Bahji (Baha'i owned mansion) today.

In the morning mom brought breakfast to me.

Speaker tonight: Cooper Dunbar

Nov 5, 2008

 Let me see if I can write anything. OK, do not feel like I can. Let me try again. OK, tired, excited, and can't remember a thing.
 Looking out at the clouds I remember something. It is the names of the mansions. They are Bahji (probably misspelled) and Masraih (also probably misspelled).
 Wait a second. Now I remember some stuff. Now I forgot it again because mom had to start arguing with me just when I was remembering.
 OK, I am remembering it again. Arrrgh, Mom has interrupted me again!! This is sooo annoying!! She seems to have a thing against me remembering.
 We are above the Davis strait. We passed South of Nuuk (major city in Greenland). I got to see part of Greenland. It was totally covered in white. I got several pictures of the view. I am probably going to take a break from writing. I might write later. I will try to write on the next flight.

Nov 7, 2008 added: PS. the flight was 11 hours.

Nov 7, 2008
Ok, I give up. I can remember virtually nothing.

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