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That means 'traveling' in Dutch.

Back in New York now. Only after the cab was stopped [*to get INTO the airport outside Tel-Aviv, this was!!!*] and they put a mirror on a long stick underneath the car looking for bombs and they checked both the Israeli driver's ID card and my passport. And they took my bag out of the trunk and checked it out too.

We were still 1 or 2 Km from the entrance.

They asked me why I was going to fly to Boston.

Maybe to get away from you?

No I was more polite. The armored personnel car was right there with a police van. For people who gave snarky answers like that.

NY Customs just looked at my card at JFK, and waved me on through.

The USA does NOT feel like home anymore but at least there are no armed soldiers on every streetcorner looking fearful.

[Actually this is a naive comment to make atm. Bush is here to lecture the UN tomorrow and the President of Iran will speak tomorrow afternoon. In fact there are 192 world leaders here. The traffic will be all screwed up until 3rd October.]

So there are plenty of armed cops. Just depends what street you go on. In Jerusalem they are everywhere. Here I trust they will not be in front of my favourite deli tomorrow morning.

To be continued.

Holland looks more and more delightful all the time.


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Sep. 23rd, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
ha! what did you expect at tel-aviv?

welcome back? even if it doesn't feel like home, i'm sure it feels somewhat familiar...

never mind. almost same time zone as you :D
Sep. 23rd, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
omg what did I expect in Tel-Aviv?? ... it was more like what happened on the other side of the Wall.

will post about that.

what I got was quite a lot of people-to-people flavor. enough to last for a lonnnnnnnnnnng time, let me tell you.

then again, it will make lots of material for writing and lecturing!!

o yes it *does* feel familiar, especially the traffic jams. too many people there, too many here. I think I should rent a houseboat and move into it and drop anchor next to N somewhere in the Gulf of Kuwait.

ooooo it must be 0530 or something in your time zone nowwww. you're probably working on a class lecture or something, that just must feel yummy :P :P
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
I'll tell you what else feels welcome and familiar: ===finally=== being on *my own* laptop in the middle of the night talking with your wife half a world away!!

No internet cafes, no cash clocks ticking, and my battery got fully recharged!! All of them, in fact lol
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Sep. 23rd, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
That's FAR FAR from future tense, sweet flower.
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Sep. 24th, 2008 10:51 am (UTC)
Wait till I send you my return address in Delft!!
Sep. 23rd, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you are back, safe and sound. What now, now that you have travelled for a while? Time to move?
Sep. 23rd, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
Yep. One last trip out West, then off to Holland. A lot of my heart is right there right now :)
Sep. 23rd, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
Guess I should elaborate: the heart part doesn't relate to a grrl, she's on the other side of the wall in Palestine, as a matter of fact.

It's the ambience of the whole country and the style and all those canals which channel peace into a lot of places. And there's also Vermeer of course. And the hotel which wants me to move in!! [Wrong city, unfortunately!]
Sep. 23rd, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
Mhmm, I can definitely understand Holland's appeal. I didn't get anywhere besides Amsterdam, but it was gorgeous with it's old architecture and canals and the lifestyle there is just so different. I'm not sure it's a place where I would personally want to live, but other places in Europe, sure. If it weren't for the whole wildlife factor.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Haha funny you should mention -wild- life, depends on your definition of that !!

Delft is just like Amsterdam except in miniature. 94,000 people and smaller canals, same big churches but lots fewer of them. Much closer to the coast, was my impression. And excellent speedy CLEAN train service all over the place. They sold me a ticket and then nobody came to take it or punch it, which I found amazing. When they saw I was a newbie to Centraal Station, they even gave me a printout itinerary to make sure I would change to the right train at Den Haag and I felt cared for. Trains were all spot on time, too.

I was told that you can buy a year pass that gets you into every museum in Amsterdam. There are 400 of them. That means more than one on some days. TMI for sure.

What charmed me about Delft was the first place I stopped in to ask for directions to the Vermeer Center. I thought it was a high school [so they'd know, right?] but it had been converted to a dance and theatre perfroming arts training school and theatre.

Right at home with that!

Couldn't you come live in the Black Forest with all the Black Forest Wolves?
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, Amsterdam can be a little overwhelming (though I do enjoy big cities--without wanting to live there). A miniature version of Amsterdam sounds charming, especially with the clean train service. Hard to find a clean spot in Europe, from my experience (with der Schweiz being an exception).

Wolves in the Schwarzwald... I'm not so sure of that. When I was visiting (three years ago?), my second-cousin was telling me that wolves were just barely starting to trickle over the eastern border of Germany from Poland. It's not that I have a problem with the Schwarzwald. It's a pretty area, lush green rolling hills. But Europe is simply too populated. I'm searching for true wilderness--hardly touched by man, near impossible to find in Europe. I have a hard enough time trying to find it in Colorado, which is just slightly smaller than and nearly sixteen times less populated than Germany. I could not even begin to imagine how trapped I would feel in such a place.
Sep. 24th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC)
Sounds like a wilderness island in the Bering Straits would do you just fine....BIGGGGGGGG polar bears to play with!!
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