May 012008

After an ultra fast-paced trip through Jordan, I’m once again back at Sky Hostel in Tel Aviv, Israel. At last some time to start going through photos and catch up with e-mails – and hopefully, blogs.

Tel Aviv is such an awesome city that I’m seriously considering extending my stay for another month. One of my best friends is getting married in New York at the end of May, so rather than returning to the US and making the cross-country journey between LA and New York twice, I might as well just stay here and head straight to the wedding. That way I won’t have to rush through Egypt, and since I have my laptop I can program in the hostel (which has free WiFi) during the week.

It depends on the cost of extending the ticket of course, but as long as it’s within reason I’d say the chances are fairly high.

The TravelLog has been updated with details on the trip so far.

  9 Responses to “Back From Jordan”

  1. hi, Justin!! you seem to enjoy yourself very much to travel all over the world. I want to go to the ぺトラ heritage once, so please tell me a lot of information about it and the others!
    from now on have a good time!!
    and when you return back to Japan, make a touch with me.

    the end of May is a birthday of you and me:)

  2. I’m glad you’re having such a blast, and I’m insanely jealous of your ability to just decide to stay in Egypt for a month if you want.

    What camera are you shooting with over there?

  3. Nakanishi: Whoa, I didn’t know you even read my blog! Of course I’ll get in touch when I’m in Japan – I’m hoping to make it over there around mid-summer (if all goes well) 🙂

    Gameday: Still just the D40/kit-lens

  4. Hey Justin,

    In “The Wanderers” by James Michener, one of the characters is named Yigal, and he and some friends, while in their teens, cross the border and visit the Red City at night. Although the book is a work of fiction, Michener uses many factual events or traditions in his portrayals of geographical areas so the question is: Did Israeli teens make border crossings, under threat of death, to see the Red City as a rite of passage?

  5. that second picture is AWESOME!

  6. Dave: Your guess is as good as mine, lol

    Andy: Thanx. We’ve got quite a collection of “action shots” from those few days in the Jordanian desert 😉

  7. Yea, that’s an amazing action shot. Looks like it’s from a trailer for the new Bond movie…but the giveaway is that Bond never does stunts in flip flops.

  8. What a wus 😆

  9. Cousin Dave – yes, that’s certainly based on reality. During the 50s and 60s getting across the border to Red City (Petra) was attempted a few times by Israeli youths (more in their 20s than teens) and had a lot of mystique attached to it. It was extremely dangerous, due to the long desert trek and hostile Jordanian army and some of the Bedouins, and some people never made it back.

    Of course, now with the peace with Jordan it’s just all just a bus ride away.

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