So I won’t waste too much time with writing this because a) I’m exhausted and b) I didn’t come here just to blog about it (although I love you all enough to do it anyways). Flight over here was nothing to brag about, nothing too shitty – we did fly over a thunderstorm and got a great lightning show, followed by the worst turbulence I’ve ever been through..
Once we touched down, you could tell everything was different. Got a really bad attitude from Israeli security when they were checking my passport – the lady asked each of us, “what are you doing in Israel” like we had no place there and she hated Americans. I hope someone reminds her of the billions of $ in weapons we give them. Speaking of weapons, I never knew what a military state was like until now. Each checkpoint we went through had Israeli guards, not much older than us since they get drafted at 18, with some of the most advanced assault rifles you could play with in CoD. One of them was having his friend take a picture of him making a goofy face, with his rifle dangling from his neck. Surreal. You can tell once we crossed into Palestine because the security forces have old school AKs instead
The landscape here is unimaginably beautiful – rolling hills with olive trees and limestone outcroppings. It’s too bad that it’s punctuated by giant cement walls and razor wire, reminders that we are in a conflict zone. Once we got into Ramallah, it could have been Times Square, albeit with more trash on the streets. We ate at a delicious pizza place downtown, right on the edge of the New Town. The Friend’s School is beautiful, so great that they’re letting us stay here. There’s a coffee shop right by the school called, hilariously “Stars and Bucks.” Supposedly they sell steak there – we’ll find out tomorrow.
JUst for kicks, here’s a picture of one of the many minarets that sound the Islamic call to prayer 5 times a day. Apparently the first one is at 4:30 in the morning, and there’s one more or less right outside our window.. Needless to say I’m looking forward to it….