At 6:30AM this morning I finally walked out of the Tel Aviv airport and got into a sherrut (a van that serves as a taxi) and headed for Jerusalem.
I was supposed to leave Knoxville at 5PM Thursday for the first leg of the journey, but every airplane I got on was delayed for one reason or another so that I kept missing connecting flights. It took me over 3 days to get to Israel. I was able to take a shower after wearing the same clothes for 4 days. I’m exhausted but happy to finally be here.
The biggest problem is that my suitcases (which contain everything I need to live over here for up to 2 years) never made it. I can only hope they arrive soon.
The “silver lining” in the cloud is that the airline gave me a little bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, a razor and soap and a new, white t-shirt. They also gave me $100.00 to make up for my luggage not having arrived.
Weather in Jerusalem is hot and dry–just the way I like it. However, as the evening approaches, a cool breeze is coming in over the city.
I am too sleepy to write more. Can barely keep my eyes open…
I can’t talk to any of you on Skype until my suitcases arrive with my headphones or camera.