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Leftover notes from an Israeli press trip
- A quote from one of our new Israeli friends: "There are really no celebrities in Israel since we're such a small country. Last week I went to the market and saw three contestants on Israel's Amazing Race."
- Our guide Ziv Cohen discussing the 2006 rocket attacks by Hezbollah on the Israeli town of Haifa: "We trust in God that it won't happen again. And we trust in the Israeli army."
- Ziv Cohen explaining the importance of tradition: "Sometimes 'tradition' is just a nice way of saying it's bullshit."
- The Mitzpe Hayamim in the Golan Heights region was one of the nicest hotels I've stayed at. In an attempt to make my friends at home jealous, I tried to take a photo of myself enjoying a bubble bath. From my notes: "I just learned that it's impossible for a man to take a picture of himself in a bubble bath without either looking extremely dainty or looking like he's about to pleasure himself. There is no middle ground."
- According to our guide, the town of Caesarea is a "new" place in that it's only 2,000 years old.
- From my journal: "Possible title for blog post -- 'Tel Aviv: The City That Never Schleps'"
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