March 11, 2015
After a long flight we landed in Tel Aviv around 2:30 PM (their time). It probably took us an hour to exit the airport. We had 50 people in our group and we all had to get our Border Control card, find our checked bags, and then find our guide and our charter bus. We were all exhausted. We started our group in Northwest Arkansas around noon and we were all chatty and getting to know new friends. By the time we landed we were quite and ready to crash.
Our tour guide was Avi, an Israel native, who’s about 75 years old. He was awesome. He loves his country. We were originally told we were going straight to the hotel to shower and get ready for dinner. Avi had a different idea. Instead of going straight to the hotel we went to Joppa (Joffa) on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
I’ll be honest here. I don’t exactly remember the significance of Joppa. It’s either where Jonah fled instead of going to Nineveh or where Nineveh would have been. Like I said, I was tired and my brain wasn’t really working on all cylinders. It is a beautiful city though, right along the coast.
Enjoy this picture of us after about 20 hours of traveling. You can’t tell my looking at Chris but I was exhausted.
After leaving Joppa we did get to our hotel that was right on the coast and had a spectacular view. Dinner that night was our first introduction to the food in Israel. If you like fish, their version of chicken, and vegetables you are fine. The food in Israel is good–it’s not like you are visiting a third world country. To make food kosher some of it is prepared differently but overall, I don’t think anyone got sick because of food.
I’m pretty sure this night we went to bed around 8:00 PM. I know I slept like a rock!