My intention after returning from Brazil was to settle down, complete a few lingering personal projects, and work for 4 or 5 months before returning to Japan in the summer.
I depart on April 10th for the Middle East.
Because my father is Jewish. And if either parent is Jewish, and you’re between the ages of 18 and 26, then a wonderful organization called Taglit-Birthright will send you to Israel for 10 days, completely free. All airfare, lodging, tours, and food are included. All you have to do is get to the departure point in New York City.
Here’s a partial list of the things I’ll be covering in the first ten days:
– Visit Caesarea’s ancient amphitheater on the Mediterranean
– Explore the mystical ancient city of Tzfat
– Experience traditional lunch in the Druze Village of Pekiin
– Ziplining from the Manara Cliffs in the Upper Galilee
– Rafting on the Jordan River
– Dinner along the shores of Tiberias
– Cruise on the Sea of Galilee
– Overnight at a Kibbutz
– Ascend Mt. Ben Tal
– Wine tasting at the Golan Heights Winery
– Hike down the lush Jilaboun Canyon
– Swim under waterfalls in the natural pools of Sachne Park
– Ascend the outer Rampart Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem
– Walk through King Hezekiah’s water tunnel in David’s City
– Tour of the Old City’s legendary Jewish Quarter
– Night walk and bonfire along the “Burma Road” trail in the Jerusalem foothills
– Descend into the Judean Desert
– Sunrise ascent to Masada via the Snake Path
– Nature walk to the desert waterfalls at Ein Gedi Reserve
– Floating along the beaches of the Dead Sea
– Visit to the desert outpost at Sde Boker
– Camel tour & traditional Bedouin hafla dinner feast
– Overnight under the stars in a Bedouin tent
– Hike to the desert oasis at Ein Avdat Canyon
– Crawl through the archaeological caves of Hirbet Midras
– Relaxation along the Mediterranean beaches of Tel Aviv
After this ten-day package concludes, I’ll be heading back up to Galilee and beginning a 4-day bike ride to the Negev Desert in the south. This ride is also included as part of my Israel Outdoors program – it’s the first time they’ve ever done it, and I just happened to be lucky enough to get a spot.
These above itineraries are set.
After concluding the ride, it’s my intention to extend my ticket and travel to Petra, Jordan and then Egypt – to see the Pyramids, Sphinx, Luxor, and climb Mt. Sinai.
So much for settling down for awhile. I take off in one week.