Israel is the only Jewish country in the world and any person of that faith has right of abode. The Dead Sea in Israel is the lowest point on earth, at 1,315 feet below sea level at its lowest point. Israel is the only liberal democracy in the middle east.

🙂 Incredible biblical history. Fantastic diving.

🙁 Aggressive and rude people.

Currency: Israeli Shekel

THREE things we did not know about Israel:

  1. Israel is the only country in the world that uses kosher glue for its postage stamps.
  2.  Israeli bank notes have Braille on them
  3. There are around 273 kibbutzim in Israel. A kibbutz is an intentional community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. The first kibbutz, established in 1909, was Degania. 

Oupa, Jacques and Tent and I took a coach from Sharm -el – Sheikh in Egypt to Eilat. A vibrant town with a nice buzz. It was a Bank Holiday weekend and every single hotel was booked up! Finally one kind hotelier allowed us to sleep on his rooftop! Fortunately it was really hot so it was actually quite pleasant! Note: Durban Street!

We spent a couple of days in Eilat and then took a coach to the Dead Sea – it was so cool to float! Trent got the salt water in his eyes which really stung!

We left the Dead Sea and arrived in Jerusalem – an amazing place. We stayed in a hostel. It was so interesting going to the Wailing Wall and the Catacombs. That night Jacques and I went to a Bar and were amused to see all the girl soldiers dancing around their AK47s!!

After a couple of days in Jerusalem we took a coach to Tel Aviv – it reminded us SO much of Durban! We went to the beach and enjoyed some traditional food in local places and did general sight seeing . Then it was time for us to fly home to the UK and SA respectively – what a fun two weeks we had enjoyed with Oupa!

I have mislaid the photos from the Israel part of our trip but still have the memories.

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