During my days in Tel Aviv I was thinking about what to see or explore next. I found myself somewhat worn out, sometimes overwhelmed by impressions without having given them a place in my system. My backpack was open, but I didn’t unpack for weeks. I organised a little, did some handwash, but was also restless. After sightseeiing the last days I find myself tired, but couldn’t find a real peace of mind.
The room in Abraham hostel was quiet, that was really nice (almost a very grumpy older lady from New York was disturbing that, making a big scene in the room because she didn’t want to sleep on the top bed- if we were willing to give up our bed? No, her attitude was so bad and manipulating that I refused. She went to the reception to make an even bigger scene and she left, thank God. And there was a girl who decided to dry her hair with a hairblower in the middle of the night (I’m not lying!) and other funny times, but still, I slept rather well).
However, the thought came up to go home. Why not?
My new boyfriend and me were phoning on a regular basis and I knew we were going to have a good reunion. So I looked for flights and decided to leave. Home! We had a relaxed last afternoon on the roofterrace in the sun with a book (finally I felt some calmness) and an great evening in Tel Aviv, having a final huge falafel and some Israëli beers, meeting a girl from Switzerland (originally from Kosovo and just arrived) with a lot of energy and stories (she was even playing in a real life soap). Purim (a Jewish holiday similar to Carnival) was coming, so a lot of people were dressing up and were ready to party.
The day I left I had to be in the airport 3 hours in advance. Well, in Israel you need these 3 hours! There are more security checkpoints and my handluggage was totally scanned and examinated one by one item and before check in I got many questions about my stay and about my visit to Egypt (that was a Nile cruise in 2015). Also a scan of your face will be made to get an exit visa. In total, be prepared to wait long.
My boyfriend picked me up at the airport with flowers (sweet!) and it was so cold in Holland (-9/-10) but it was ok, I could handle it. It’s about being in my own bed, (with the window open), my kitchen, shower, no backpack, my cat is back home; it’s so fine. But a new journey has already started: the one of having a relationship… Very new for me, it was quite a long time ago spending so much time with someone. Besides that, I am still landing, after visiting three continents in about 2 months. Ibn Battuta, a real traveler and explorer from the 14th century has a nice quote:
So more about my traveling will follow, when the landing is finally done and I have ‘processed’ my insights or made new plans. It has been a great experience, totally different than I would expect and full of extremes and contrasts.
Hope to meet you again soon!