!ברוך הבא

“Baroch Haba” literally means “bless the coming,” but is the common way to say welcome in Hebrew.

Right before I started my year in Israel I decided to keep a photo-travel blog complete with my thoughts and some history, and of course pictures. A lot of the blog was for my friends and family, so they could keep an eye on me while I was in the Middle East, but a lot of the blog was (and still is) for me, to never forget what this experience was like. As I’m writing this it’s been exactly a year to the day that I set foot in Tel Aviv, so some reflection is only fitting. At the risk of sounding cliche, I can only say that it was a life changing experience. Visiting places like the springs along the Dead Sea, Petra, and every inch of Jerusalem (even running up Mt. Scopus during that marathon) was something I won’t trade for anything. And of course being at the religious events in their spiritual homes (like Christmas in Bethlehem, Easter in Jerusalem, and  Passover in a kibbutz) is beyond words. But ironically it’s what I’ve failed to document in this blog: the people I had met and the stories I had heard, that I will need no help remembering (if you’re reading this and you know who you are – תודה רבה). And also the McFalafel. I won’t forget that either.

These entries aren’t limited to simply Israel, they stretch from Tokyo to Vienna and a couple of places in between. The slideshow below features some of my favorite photos from my one year journey. Thanks for reading.

 

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~ by jonathanmtsai on October 5, 2011.

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