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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Everyone has their fears

I think Dafna just overcame one of hers. She pitched our tent in my kitchen. We're leaving early tomorrow morning for a tiyul to the Negev, the glorious desert south of Israel. Dafna was nervous that we wouldn't be able to figure out how to set up our tent, or that when we purchased the tent today, unbeknownst to us we were purchasing a 1987 Israel guide book and some trash bags. As it turns out, the tent is quite cozy. Quite cozy, like, are you breathing on me but in a friendly way. Really, it's hamish.

We'll be going to Qumran, Ein Gedi, Mount Sodom and a Flour Cave and camping out at Mamshit's Camel Ranch tomorrow. We'll see how much we really get to, but we're ambitious. Saturday's itinerary includes a relaxing Shabbat hiking and then camping out in Sde Boker. Plenty of people around. Sunday we're going to Dimona to see the Black Israelite community, do some nuclear experiments and eat vegan soul food. Then, Be'er Sheva and its museums--the Israeli Air Force Museum, Joe Alon Museum and an art museum. Maybe we'll visit the national park there. The sky is the limit.

Dafna's cousin recommends zipping our tent doors tight so that Bedouins don't jump in. Okay. April Fool's? Unfortunately, not in this case. Drink a ton of water. It's supposed to be around 100. Wear a hat. Stay around people and not Asiatic asses. Be patient with each other.

My fear is overdosing on bamba. Two cheers for kidniyot!

Crossing my fingers for well marked signs.

All in all, we are so excited for this trip. It's going to be gorgeous.

Wish us luck and happy matzah to all!

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