Israel Bucket list


As I have previously posted my Israel assignment is going to be shorter than expected.  How much shorter?  No idea.  I am guessing we will be back sometime within next 6 month and that’s the best estimation I have.  The original return date was May 2010, so either way it will be much sooner than that.  So, in light of changing events I wanted to make a list of things, I want to see and do before we leave.

1.  Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum – David went with my parents when they came to visit.  I had to work that day, and was too scared to go.  Let’s just say I am very sure that I will lose more than one night of sleep after going, however I know I must go.  It is history and it happened, and I feel that I must go to pay my respect to the victims.  I will try and mentally prepare myself for this, but I am sure I will not leave the museum without leaving a few tears there.

2.  Kotel Tunnels –  These tunnels are located under the Western wall.  We have not gone yet because you have to schedule a tour many weeks in advance and we are not good at planning things in advance.  I plan on calling and reserving a spot right after I get done with this post.

3.  Mount of Olives –  A mountain in Jerusalem covered by 150,000 graves of important rabbis and other historical figures.  It’s also an important biblical site.

4.  Herodium –  Fortress palace of King Herod the Great and location of his tomb.  The only thing that makes this trip a bit tricky is the fact that Herodium is located in the West Bank, so you have to go through the security post that is closed on Shabbot.  Why do I want to go?  Just look at the pictures.  Looks pretty cool.

5.  Blooming tulips of the desert.  Every time we have gone hiking in the desert, I have seen tons and tons of tulips growing everywhere, something I did not expect.  I bet the site of seeing them bloom is amazing.  I sure hope we don’t miss it.

6.  Beit She’an –  More ancient ruins, that date back to 1st century BCE.

7.  Timna National Park – A park located in the Negev Desert with neat rock formations and the world’s oldest copper mines.  We drove past this park on our way back from Eilat and the “mountains” look beautiful.

8. Istanbul or Athens.  Why is that on my Israel bucket list?  Because the flight is less than 2 hours and I feel like if I don’t go now, I don’t think I will ever go.  I heard great things about Istanbul.  This trip will depend on how much longer we have here.

I feel like we have done so much, but there is still so much more to explore in this tiny country.  Dave and I decided to skip the Egypt trip for reasons I don’t want to talk about in this blog.  I am sure the pyramids are a site to see, they are one of the 7 wonders of the world after all, so maybe they will be on our real bucket list when we are 80 or so.  Let me know if I left something out.

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3 Responses to Israel Bucket list

  1. Lena says:

    You also must visit Eilat mountains, especially mount Shlomo (the hiest peak in the area). Try to reach it before sunrise, the view from the top is pretty cool.

  2. Aimee says:

    Rita,

    So sorry to hear your stay will be shortened. I hope you are successful at deciding what you want to do upon your return to the states. I am approaching my last days with Intel this summer also, so I hope to stay in touch, especially if you come back to Colorado! Keep me posted as you get more information.

  3. rita says:

    Hi Aimee,

    It’s kind of bitter sweet. In many ways I am ready to come back, but it’s also hard figuring out what I want to do and where I want to be. I guess, I know where I want to be, Colorado :). I hope opportunity will be there. I will definetely stay in touch. What would we do without facebook?

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