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How Do You Say Goodbye To Israel?

This is a picture of the temple ruins in Caesarea by the light of a full moon. It’s one of our favorite places in Israel. Part national park, part trendy dining district, it is alive day and night. It’s a place we take all of our visitors. I love to take them there after lunch so we can explore the ruins by daylight, watch the sunset over the waves as the entire place transforms, and have dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in the port. No evening there would be complete without gelato at Bella for dessert.

We will be home in the US in less than a month. I’m starting to think of all the things I will miss. Our little mall a block away with the grocery store, our health club, the pizzeria, our hair stylist, the pharmacy, the toy store, the cafe with the best shakshuka in all of Israel, and the baker who sets up on Friday mornings to sell the best challah and pita we’ve ever had. That little mall is such an anchor of the community. We are so close to the beach and though we’ve been there several times it seems like we’ve hardly taken advantage of it.

We have seen some amazing things here though: Jerusalem at night, Masada Fortress, Caesarea, the abundant and beautiful fowl of the Yarkon while paddling with my dragon boat team, man-made caves in Beit Guvrin, the grotto in Rosh Hanikra. My only real regret is not seeing Petra in Jordan, but the idea of taking Liam on a bus with an armed escort just didn’t set well.

Each time I do something I think it might be the last, or I think, “I’ll probably do this 2 more times before we are gone.” I’m trying to savor everything. I don’t think there will be any big rush to do anything we “missed” before we go. I’m pretty satisfied with what we’ve covered. I do think we might do a few things “one more time”. Liam wants to go to Masada again. I want to spend at least one more afternoon and evening in Caesarea and fly my kite on the beach one more time.

With any luck though, it’s not goodbye, it’s just goodnight.

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  1. Paul Telles
    March 28, 2012 at 14:46

    This is a wonderful reflection, Tracy. I have so enjoyed following your travels, which have been interesting and inspiring. One of my favorite Facebook threads ever! Hope all is well!

    • March 28, 2012 at 15:04

      Thanks Paul! I’m glad to be able to share it with everyone. I still feel like there is so much I haven’t’ said. As much as I will be glad to be back home in the PNW, Israel will always be in my heart. I’m really thankful we had this opportunity.

  2. March 28, 2012 at 15:21

    This particular entry of yours had a tone of sadness, yet in such an upbeat way that it’s hard to explain. Whether you get back to Israel or not, you’ve certainly made a pocketful of memories for all three of you. And I want to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing ‘Israel’ with the rest of us who will never get there.

  3. March 28, 2012 at 15:22

    I share your sentiments right now.. 😉 I keep thinking! Wow how fast nine months went.. What do I want to do before we leave?? Aww.. Israel.. Then I think of all the things in the US that we have been missing.. And I am allowing myself to think more about them.. I like your motto that its just good night! 😉 I have had a great time here.. What an awesome life experience with its ups and downs. Truly Bob and I have really treasured our time with the Ross’s while we shared.. Mechaleckahineyho.. 😉

  4. Chris Schardein
    March 28, 2012 at 23:05

    You have had such a wonderful time there and all the blogs have been so much fun to read, I will miss that. There will be a lot to miss about Israel
    , but everyone here will be glad to have you back home again! We cannot begin to tell everyone here about the places you took us too. And the pictures just don’t tell the whole story. At least is will be fresh in my mind for a long time to come! Thanks again for all you did while we were there.

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