Goodbye Israel! See you again soon!
On our last full day in Tel Aviv, we decided to explore other neighborhoods we didn't get to explore and discover early on.
I swear, if and when I get to return, I'd like to spend more time in all the cities we visited and visit new ones we didn't get to see due to time constraint.
I went home with wonderful memories of both Israel and Palestine. The people were kind and friendly and the sights, truly one of a kind. As a Catholic, I really enjoyed visiting the holy sights of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. I too wish to visit Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee next.
Likewise, I would love to visit Palestine, a lot longer than a day next time. I would like to walk in its cities like Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jericho and more. Hopefully the second trip is not so far away.
On our day of departure, we had to leave our hostel early and get to the Ben Gurion Airport before all the buses and trains stopped running. IT was Friday and Shabbat was about to begin. Our return flight to the US was scheduled around 12 midnight. It was Friday and we took the bus from the Allenby stop to reach the same train station we arrived at a week earlier from Jerusalem. From there we took the train to the Ben Gurion Aiport.
I remember the trip over to Tel Aviv lasted 15 hours from San Francisco. The return travel took two hours longer, 17 hours to be exact!
Like I always do, I never say goodbye. I merely say, "See you later!"