Monday, 25 April 2011

Five countries in one day

I finally arrived in Israel. It’s been a long and exhausting day, but it’s good to be here at last.

Starting at quarter to ridiculous, I started out from home to catch a flight at 8:40am… 32 hours and five countries later, I landed in Israel at just after 9am the next day.

For a long and exhausting journey, there were lots of wonderful glimpses along the way.

The gaggle of teenagers off to backpack in South East Asia for Easter break, who were a riot of laughs, debating why the sky is blue.

The satay chicken roti I got in KL airport that was folded over in a way that looked like a perfect yoni-flower (and silly me I didn’t photograph it before hunger got the best of me).

People-watching in Bangkok airport

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In Amman airport, crouching on the floor of the bathrooms, handing out toilet tissue, was a woman with the most beautiful smile. I wanted to take a photo of her, but I figured that would not only be weird, I’d never manage to capture her amazing glow with a camera. So I just smiled back at her.

My plane to Jordan

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Seeing the Dead Sea and then Israel from the air

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Arriving home so aching, and getting a massage from Purple and Littletree (who is exceedingly skilled at walking on backs)

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And of course the best thing of all: getting to squeeze my little girl (who is, apparently, not so little any more and wont let me smother her in kisses as much as I’d like.)

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And now I’m just waiting for it to be night so I can sleep for about a week.


  1. Glad you made it safely. The back walk looks amazing. :-) Have fun!

  2. 32 hours! Wow. And yet it wasn't all a blur; I love the things you saw and experienced. Especially the woman's smile. I felt like I could see it. Beautiful.

    Welcome to Israel! I can't wait to hear all about it. Your words and your pic with Littletree resonated so much with me as a mother. Even if I've only been away from my kids for a day, seeing them feels like coming Home, centred and certain, so in love, every time. :)

  3. Glad you got there safely :) Looks like a wonderful massage and you look so happy in that photo with LT.

  4. thanks! it was a great massage.

  5. Wow, that was some trip! So glad you arrived safely with Purple and Littletree x

  6. just a hop, skip and a flight away to the other side! sounds like an exhausting trip. i'm looking forward to your fabulous time in israel!

  7. glad you arrived safely. i hope you are feeling rested now. enjoy your time in israel!


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