We are in Israel! We got here at 2:30 AM after another long plane ride. We didn’t get out of the airport until after 3 AM and we went to Lachish at 4AM and climbed the tell. We got out just as the cops were making their way to us to see what we were doing, but we were gone by the time they got there thank goodness. We finally got to the Kibbutz about 5:30 and then went straight out to the field to check out our site. I got to get a little work in by using some Ground Penetrating Radar with some cool people. I then came back to our room, showered (1st one in 3 days) and crashed for a couple of hours.
One of my favorite things about today was the food. The food here is very good. Lots and lots of dairy, but its awesome. The country is absolutely beautiful. Tells are everywhere here, they just dot the landscape; its really cool. Our rooms here are nice. They are a bit small, but there is air conditioner, which is a blessing!
So after a very long and tiresome flight we have finally arrived in Amsterdam. Out of the 8 hour fight I got about 2 hours of sleep. I feel fantastic. Not really I feel extremely tired, but it was cool to walk around downtown Amsterdam. Very very touristy, but they have cool architecture. We had a few adventures. We got on the wrong train, but we got it ironed out and people are way nice here and helped us out.
Speaking of nice people, some lady gave me .50 euros so that I could use the bathroom at the train station, yes, it cost money to pee at Amsterdam Central Station. That is just wrong. Here are some Pics!
So, here is a funny story. Bradley and I were walking around Amsterdam and I needed to find a bathroom. So we were on the look out. Bradley stopped me and said look at that sign ( the pic below that has the sign of the Person and a child on it in blue). We thought this was a bathroom sign because guys kept going down this narrow hallway. So we went. It was NOT a bathroom. Instead Bradley and I found ourselves firmly in the middle of the red light district. Sooooo we had to find our way out which took longer than we wanted. Some might think that this was no accident, but I assure you it was very innocent. They need to have better signs.
Anyway, we are getting ready to get on a plane to Tel Aviv. I’ll Post again soon.
Got those tickets to Cairo! It’s official. We will be Egypt bound after our stay in Israel. Can’t wait. Thanks to my boy David Lay for all the leg work and effort to get a good deal on the tickets!
Looks like we might get the opportunity to go to Petra the last weekend we are in Israel. That weekend we have free and if we can get down to the border before Sabbath starts, we are good to go. Woot!
We have our itinerary for Egypt now. We will have confirmation on the tickets by Thursday of this week. Hope everything works out. The trip is getting close. Just a couple of weeks!
This will be my travel blog site for my International Trip this summer!
I am a Near Eastern Archaeology grad student at MSU. We are going to Israel for 6 weeks, and then I am going to Egypt for a week. Should be a good time.
I will keep you posted!