Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things that I learned in Israel

1 You could never forget which country you were in, there are lots of flags flying from lamp-posts and cars.
2. Israeli taxi drivers driver VERY fast, frighteningly fast at times.
3. While talking on at last two mobile phones at a go.
4. Leaving is tougher than getting in - very tight security at Ben Gurion airport.
5. There are apparently only two decenet football stadia in the country, but I can't remember what they are.
6. The Dead Sea Scrolls aren't terribly exciting, just bits of really old paper.
7. Virtually everyone is conscripted into the Army at the age of 18.
8. The standard issue army weapon is the M-16.
9. There are lots of teenagers roaming the streets of Israel with M-16s, even when they are off-duty.
10. Every army recruit has to visit Yad Vashem, the national Holocaust museum.
11. Which means there are lots of impressionable children, with M-16s, who are have just learned about the worst atrocity committed against their people....
12. I never once felt unsafe.
13. The Garden of Gethsemene and the Church of the Holy Sepulchure were both very moving and helped to reaffirm a faith I didn't quite realise I still had.

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Chaotic Mom said...

WOW. Sounds like you've had a fascinating trip there! ;)

My T13 is up, too!


Wow that was frightening. Not dreaming to be there.
Thanks for dropping by.

Amanda said...

Interesting list! How long was you in Israel? My TT is up!

ladydaria said...

I would love to visit Israel, am disappointed to hear the Dead Sea Scrolls were no big deal. The cabbies sound like New York cabbies, lol. Thanks for coming by and Happy TT!

Almost An Angel

Wystful1 said...

Interesting. What a great trip.

My tt is up

Sonya said...

#9 is so scary to me. My T13 is up too!

Carmen said...

Wow, Israel. I thought I was being brave with Egypt. I'm glad you felt safe.

Julie said...

Intersting TT, thanks for visiting mine.

YellowRose said...

My mom visited there years ago, but some friends just returned about a month ago and loved it. Glad you had a good time!! I would love to go sometime!

Happy Thursday, my TT is up!

Susan said...

Great list.... I hope to go there someday...

My TT is up!