Park Ra’anana: Memories Preserved

Park Ra’anana, the biggest park in the biblical Plain of Sharon just north of Tel Aviv, was the place for Itai and the other kids to visit from the nearby elementary school – the opportunity to enjoy a petting zoo, monkey bars, rides, and, of course, get out of class without having to play hooky.

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The Reality of “Life, as Usual”: Life under Arab-Israeli Conflict

A very European breakfast of espresso and pastry
A very European breakfast of espresso and pastry

Today I am told “Bethlehem: No.” I am in Itai’s home in Israel, in the middle of a very European breakfast of pastry and espresso, flipping through scribbles of itineraries I had taken from my guidebook. Bethlehem was definitely on the list. “I’ll get shot, you might be okay,” he says, translating his father’s headshake:

Bethlehem lay within Palestinian territory, and with border-town Jerusalem being tense enough from the Arab-Israeli conflict, it was best not to tempt fate. Continue reading The Reality of “Life, as Usual”: Life under Arab-Israeli Conflict

First Impressions: Tel Aviv, Israel

Flight into Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv, Israel - YourLocalKat
Wishes for a happy flight.

It likely didn’t help that I looked radically different from my passport photo.

Or that I was coming in on a Canadian passport but called Poland home.

But it must have been my nonchalant answer of how long I’ve actually known him that really threw them off.
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