Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Shalom Israel

After almost a month away, it's time to head back to Israel today. We will be going from Belgium directly to Tel Aviv in a quick 4 hour journey. Much better than the 16 hour journey directly from Los Angeles.


Hopefully I haven't forgotten my Hebrew, it's been a few weeks since I've practiced. Likely, I'll sink right back into it as soon as my feet hit the ground.

And so, we'll board our flight and head back to the holy land where another adventurous year awaits us. Technically, it's only about nine months until my husband completes his degree. Then, we will be free to go where we choose.

We'll pull into Ben Gurion airport and see those familiar terminals that we've become accustomed to seeing. By the way, if you were curious, Tel Aviv's international airport happens to be one of the nicest airports I've been in. This might surprise some people when they think of a faraway land such as Israel.

Disembarking from the plane, people will be cheering and singing, as they often do when they land safely in the holy land. It's an experience you get only when traveling with a group of zealous Israelis to their homeland.

We'll see that familiar sign welcoming us back to Israel, to our home. I still never imagined that I would one day call Israel home.



We will see the usual crowds, greeting their friends and loved ones as they arrive from overseas. Ben Gurion's arrival terminal is one of those special terminals where you will get teary-eyed just sitting there watching the greetings taking place on a minute-by-minute basis.


And thus, our vacation will have officially come to an end, as we arrive back to Tel Aviv and make our way to Jerusalem, just a 40 minute ride away and up into the mountains from coastal Tel Aviv.


Only time will tell what sorts of adventures and experiences shall come our way as we venture into this second year together in Israel. I can tell you that with all the excitement over Gilad Shalit's return and with the upcoming holidays of Sukkot and Hanukkah, it will likely prove to be a very eventful few weeks ahead of us. Friends and family back in the US, you are greatly missed!! Look out for belated posts about our visit home coming up in the near future.

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