All tagged Travel

Come 2017 - For We Shall Overcome

I’ve been thinking what I can share with you in this new year.  The past several weeks have been unusually difficult for me.  Like most couples, my husband and I work very hard, pouring countless hours into our professions and into our family.  When we go on vacation, we often go with our young children.  This time, my husband I decided to take a trip alone, a short getaway to Paris.  

An American at Allenby Crossing - Part 3

As we wait, I watch the tired crowds move from line to line - old men and women, little children releasing pent-up energy and playing tag.  A young woman moves slowly with two hand crutches.  Her legs are uneven.   It is getting late; I can sense that it is dark outside. 

An American at Allenby Crossing, Part 3

As we wait, I watch the tired crowds move from line to line - old men and women, little children releasing pent-up energy and playing tag.  A young woman moves slowly with two hand crutches.  Her legs are uneven.   It is getting late; I can sense that it is dark outside. 

An American at Allenby Bridge Crossing - Part 2

Finally, we enter the Israeli border which is graced with a green lawn surrounded by dusty hills (Amazing, what one can do with 80% of the aquifer that sits under the West Bank).  We collect our suitcases and get in line to collect a new luggage tag.  After receiving our tags, we enter an outdoor line where we wait to show our passports so that we can enter the building. Then, we join a new line to go through security and check our luggage.  This room is air conditioned! 

Guesswork, Grievance and Game of Thrones at Ben Gurion Airport

"As of this moment, you have been denied entry to the State of Israel,” says a rotund and tanned security interrogator as we sit in his incommodious office at Ben Gurion Airport. “Now, I can help you out here, but you will have to help me, and I need some names… now.”

I’m three hours into my stay with the Israeli security services and unbeknown to myself, in one of my previous visits to Israel/Palestine, I attended a demonstration and was brazen enough to have thrown stones at soldiers in the full glare of IDF photographers.

Can Mary Get to Bethlehem? PART 4 OF 4

I: If I were Mary, I guess I don’t have that far to go to get to Bethlehem. It’s just a ten minute drive from my Jerusalem home to manger square, or a one and a half hour walk.  Or, at least it should be, or it would be, if not for the looming wall protruding from the ground to tower over our heads.  I suppose I’m giving birth over a decade too late; Israelis were allowed to visit Bethlehem before that time.