From 8 to 22 March 2015, I will be in Israel and Jordan.
“… I will be in Israel again,” I should say because this will be about my fifteenth or twentieth time to visit Israel. But six years have passed since my last trip.
Why go to the same country so often? Because Israel is not only beautiful, but above all interesting, versatile and multi-faceted, because I learn something new each time. And because discussions about war and peace, about the future and identity of a nation are more interesting than those about the debt ceiling or a Royal baby.
Only one event is fixed on this journey: on 13 March 2015 I will run the half-marathon in Jerusalem. Not an easy feat in this hilly city, but hopefully a very special experience.
Apart from that, I don’t have any fixed plans yet. That’s the beautiful thing about returning to a country where I have been so often and seen so much already. I am under no pressure to check places and destinations on a list. Instead, I can allow myself to take the time to meet old friends, to get to know new people, to go hiking, to observe and to write.
I hope to spend a few days in Jordan as well. There, I have only been once so far, and then only for one day. Back then I got lost in the desert before I did finally find the ancient city of Petra.
Let’s see where exactly I will drift this time. In any case, I am looking forward to the Middle East and to views like these on balmy evenings in Jerusalem:
For those of you in Israel or Jordan: Here is my Couchsurfing profile with plenty of reviews, so that you can be sure that I am a friendly and uncomplicated guest.