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Saturday, January 17, 2004

Posts will Improve

Yea so I have noticed that the last few posts have been at best mediocre. No excuses other than I was really tired. My friend Laura laughed at the last entry because it was pretty stupid with "I woke up and went back to sleep and woke up and slept etc". Yea yea... I know. Well, that's what happens when you are jetlagged and also not a very good writer. So sue me. :)

Tov, the posts will get better. I have to start reading the news again I suppose. I seriously don't know what has happened in the last month. I do know that while I was in Israel there were 3 suicide bombings. That averages to about one a week. If you could see me right now, you'd see that I am shaking my head in disbelief. Why? Because there would be no way that if this would be happening in the US we would tolerate it. For crying out loud, we felt like taking care of Sadam so we did. Israeli people, the Jewish people are still being killed and why? Ask yourselves why they are being murdered. Because they are living on "Palestinian" land? Nonsense. If you believe that is the reason you are an idiot. Harsh for me to say that but come on. Wake up! They are being killed because they are Jewish. The same reason they were killed in Europe during World War 2. I thought the world said it would never let something like that happen again. Oh, but this time it's different. Why? Because we aren't being hurded off to gas chambers? Because we have an army to defend ourselves? Because we are now these big "oppressors"? Please, cut the crap people. I met plenty of Arabs while I was in Israel who worked hard and were grateful to be working inside Israel. They even told me they like Israel. They didn't have to say that.
The Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza can't come into Israel very easily anymore. Why? Because everytime the Israeli government takes pity on them, they use it as an opportunity to blow up more Jews. Most recent example was the woman who blew herself up killing 4 people. It makes me sick thinking about what is going on with the politics over this region. What the world allows to happen makes me sicker.
I hadn't been to Israel in two years and while I was there I fell in love with it all over again. It's a very difficult place to live both because of the situation and the economy. People don't make that much money in Israel either. And yet, even with all the hardships, people in Israel know how to have a good time. I am smiling just thinking about it. They really have a lot of fun. They work hard and play hard. I love it. Growing up in the Silicon Valley I know what it means to work hard. But being in the suburbs you realize that there isn't much fun to be had. Everywhere you turn in Tel Aviv you can find something to do.

I can't talk about this anymore right now. It is making my heart ache to go back.

A disclaimer: Jews are not the only people who die in the suicide bombings. Arabs die too as well as Christians and Thai workers. Oh and let's not forget the goat that was killed as PETA brought to the world's attention.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Home, Sweet home

I am back in California. I got home yesterday at around 330pm and at 630 could no longer stay awake. I passed out and woke up again at 1AM, fell back asleep woke up again at 330AM quite hungry. Ate, and fell back asleep and woke up again this morning at 8AM. It was much needed sleep seeing as I didn't sleep all that much on the plane. Ugh. I hate flying. It wears me out. It always leaves me tired and feeling so stinky....

Anyway, I am working on posting some of my pictures. I took about 170 pictures during the 3.5 weeks I was in Israel. I took a lot of scenic pictures even though usually I am against doing that. I realized that Israel is so beautiful. I always think of it as this really crowded place with lots of dog poop everywhere but during the first 10 days, while I travelled with the group, I saw lots of open space. The north is so beautiful and all around the sea of Galilee is just spectacular. The desert is also very beautiful.

OK well, I will post more soon. I am off to sleep some more


Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Flying home tomorrow...will write when I return... Sad to be leaving...but happy to go home..

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