My mom and I arrived at the airport outside of Tel Aviv about 5:30 PM local time. It was already dark! The sun rises here around 6AM and sets around 5, at this time of the year.
Passport control was not difficult to go through. I had heard stories from my uncle who came several years ago, and my running partner who had come for business many years ago to. But I did not find it difficult. They just want to make sure you are visiting, and that you have legitimate plans. â€œWhy are you here?â€ â€“ tour â€œAre you with a group?â€ – Yes â€œWhere are the rest in the group?â€ â€“They are all spread out (we didnâ€™t go through passport control at the same time.) â€œDo you have a return ticket?â€ â€“Yes â€œCan I see it?â€ â€“no it is an eTicket â€œWhat is the flight information?â€ -Handed the passport agent the travel information the tour company gave to me. â€œWhere will you be going?â€ â€“Handed the itinerary to the agent (Thank goodness they had given those two things to us, and I had them available!)
We met with the tour representative at baggage claim. It was near there that we took the â€œWelcome to Israelâ€ picture you see above.
Then we took a 2 hour bus ride to Tiberius. We had dinner. Here is the food that I had:
Then we went to our rooms:
View from our balcony:
At the airport I had exchanged $100 into Israel Shekels. The exchange rate was $1 to 3.76 shekels. Here is an example of the money. (There is an American quarter in the coins picture.)
Now time to take a quick shower, go to bedâ€¦ Wake up time is 6:30AM and we leave the hotel at 8AM.
BTW, Internet access is expensive here.
1.50/minuteâ€¦ which comes out to be about $0.40/minute.. Just like making a telephone call.