In April of 2009 I spent 10 days on a grand tour of the country of Israel. The middle-east was not necessarily on my bucket list of travel and in my mind, was not a desirable place to visit at all. I imagined dry, ugly and hot desert cities with food that I probably won’t enjoy. Since that trip to Israel and a later trip to Egypt I have changed my pre-conceived ideas of the region that I once assumed to be boring, and have found it to be an amazing place to visit. Consequently, I have gained a love for travel and experiencing international cultures despite my picky eating habits.
A few events marked this trip as especially memorable including speeding through the West Bank after dark as though we were being chased as well as having rocks hurled violently toward us while walking part of the ramparts of the Old City. Along with the excitement of Jerusalem, the country is beautiful in the spring. We based in Jerusalem and visited the Dead Sea, Galilee, the Golan, Haifa, Nazareth and the West Bank while of course visiting the typical sites most tourists see on their first visit to the small country. Here are some of the highlights of our trip.