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Travel Announcement: To Israel!

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Sometimes opportunities arise when you least expect them. It happened to me recently when a new travel company asked me to visit Israel and participate in a test tour. I pay only airfare - everything else from luxury hotel accommodations to food are covered by the organizer. Israel isn't a country to which I previously envisioned traveling, but how can I resist such an opportunity? It gives me a chance to explore an entirely new region of the world. The schedule will be out of my control to some extent, but the organizers will work with participants to visit areas of interest. I know for certain that we will be in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. I don't know if we will go further into Palestine, but I hope so.

Of course, the primary tourist attractions in Israel are religious sites but they're of no interest to me. What else can I see/do in these cities? Where can I find the most dramatic desert or scenic landscapes? Interesting people or markets? I want to make the drive to Ramon Crater, and am curious about the bedouin village/school in Khan al-Alhmar after reading this report. Has anyone been there? Please leave any suggestions about interesting places or people in comments. If anyone knows local English speakers in these cities who may be willing to answer questions and/or act as a guide, please let me know. I'd also be grateful if you could throw links to interesting photo reports from other LJ bloggers who have traveled in the region.

Thanks, in advance, for the help! I depart next Sunday, and will be sure to share photos and impressions of my journey.

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skvorets1989
Apr. 3rd, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Year, foreign language knowledge probably is one the most difficult skills to obtain but also very useful and sometimes lifesaving.

By the way after this happened to me I made a firm decision that I absolutely have to raise level of my English to a much more decent level.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 3rd, 2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
Americans are spoiled when it comes to language, because English is the universal language for business and most travel situations. Thus, there's very little incentive for us to learn another language, except for the intellectual pursuit of course.

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