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The Blog Awakens From Its Slumber

Posted by aviel on October 15, 2014

I know that I kind of dropped the ball on writing this blog. Shame on me. I tend to start something like this, but then life happens and you’re too busy doing other things that you forget the inspiration you once had. Well, this time I have no excuses. If I want to run a blog I need to update it once in a while to say the least. Professional bloggers often post several times a day, but I guess it’s easier if you blog about a specific topic that you know and care about, rather than merely posting about whatever strikes your fancy at any given day.

I’m willing to try again though. There are so many things that I would like to cover, but I will probably try to stick to Israeli and Swedish politics, random personal experiences while living in Israel, business ideas and websites I’m working on, travel to Israel for all my friends and family who haven’t been here and so on. I guess that list is too long as it is, but the truth is that I’m writing for myself more than I write with any particular audience in mind.

I made a small update to the blog by putting a couple of links in the sidebar to Egged Tours which you can see if you scroll down a bit. I will explain the reason below and explore the topic further in future blog posts:

Travel to Israel

I’ve previously written about Jerusalem when I lived in Mevaseret Tzion for a few months back in 2012. In fact, before and during my military service in the Israeli Army back in 2006-2008 I used to live in Jerusalem. What strikes me is the contrast between living there and just visiting as a tourist. Since 2008 I have merely visited in the latter capacity, often to show people around in the Old City and explain the little I know about the various places. I used to know a tour guide, who sadly passed away, who guided my dad, my younger brother and yours truly in Swedish. I would have recommended him to anyone. Now my standard recommendation for a first-timer is to go on guided tours. Back in the days I didn’t even know about these companies, but as of today I would recommend going to websites like Israel Tours (by the tour company Egged Tours, which is a subsidiary company of the extremely well-known Egged Bus Cooperation) for two reasons:

  1. They have a pretty good selection of tours in Israel, from the north to the south and even a tour to Petra in Jordan
  2. If you don’t want to go with a tour company you can still compare their itineraries and get ideas on how to build your own; for example what places should be visited on the same day

The Western Wall in Jerusalem

Most of all I would recommend going on Jerusalem tours, because in my experience it’s hopeless to try to understand what you see entirely on your own. I recall that when I visited Istanbul in June we hired tour guides for some of the main attractions, such as the Hagia Sophia, and it made a world of difference. I guess I would also recommend using Egged Tours if you want to visit Masada and the Dead Sea and you don’t feel like renting a car on your own. In fact, I was recently on a tour of Masada and while I’ve been there several times over the years, I learned a lot of new interesting things about it through our tour guide. By that I mean that I have belatedly realized what others probably knew all along, that to get the most out of a place like this it’s not enough to visit on your own. 😛


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