- “A common sight is a crying woman who is afraid that people in uniform will take her to ‘ask’ in a separate room” – writes Mr Marcin in a letter to the editor
- As the tourist notes, despite fears, the attitude of Israelis towards Poland turned out to be positive. “Despite the fact that there were also other nationalities on the ship, the captain handed over the Polish flag to one of the travelers. Accompanied by the Polish national anthem, she was hoisted on the mast” – he recalls
- The reader also describes a visit to the quarter of the Orthodox Jews. – We were there on the Sabbath, so apparently we were lucky that the carriage was not thrown with stones – he reports
- You can find more such stories on the Onet homepage
The contents of Mr. Marcin’s letter describing his trip to Israel is published below.
A trip to the Holy Land has always been my dream. I was impressed by its rich history and the impact it has had on the world. I had to go there, and since my partner has similar tastes, it didn’t take long to persuade her to go on tour.
“A Series of Questions About Everything”
At the airport you could see how specific this country is. Departure to the hotel was delayed by about 30 minutes as the services caught suspicious people among travelers. Such people go to “investigate”, that is a series of questions about everything, for example who pays the bills in the relationship, what are the partnerships, etc.† Later on, these people go on different types of searches, X-rays, scanners, detectors.
A common sight is a tearful woman who is afraid that people in uniform will take her to an “argument” to a separate room. In our case it was a single woman. She aroused suspicion that Arabs often fall in love and use these people for evil schemes. I had a similar experience, but back to back.
“Sides happen from Israeli and Arab side”
Another surprise was that we mostly stayed in hotels in the Palestinian territories. My guess is because of the cost. Standing behind the great wall used by Jews to secede in the event of Palestinian uprisings is impressive.
Israel is a rich country. Something for a mix of Western Europe. In such a hotel, one of the tourists’ shoes were lost from the room. Often use is made of the fact that it is a round trip and that the tourist will not come back to this place after a day. An example was when an elderly man wanted to pay with a card for a souvenir magnet.
The seller put $65 into the terminal, while the price was $4. Fortunately, the tourist noticed the scam. I will add that the so-called There are jitters on both the Israeli and Arab side.
Beautiful, well-kept land and delicious food
Israel is a very beautiful and well-maintained country. You can already see the difference in cleanliness at the border with Arab countries, where a lot of waste is on the street. The specificity of the Holy Land is also the attitude of people to stay in places of worship.
Before entering, we were warned several times by the guide to dress appropriately and informed about examples of evicting people who did not adhere to etiquette from churches.
Israel is also great food. I remember how the guide produced himself by coaxing the group to go to a local restaurant (probably friends) and buy a local seafood dish. What was my surprise that after my return the same fish was served for … dinner.
“Barka” and the recorded voice of John Paul II during the cruise
As for the attitude of the people living there towards the Poles, was very positive despite the fears. Israeli and Arab hoteliers were friendly. The cruise on the Sea of Galilee made a big impression on us. Despite the fact that there were also other nationalities on the ship, the captain handed the Polish flag to one of the travelers. Accompanied by the Polish national anthem, she was hoisted to a mast. “Barka” was also played and the voice of John Paul II was recorded (usual “marketing gimmick” here, note Onet).
The visit to the Orthodox Jewish quarter made a big impression on us. We were there on the Sabbath, so apparently we were lucky that the carriage was not thrown with stones (you are not allowed to work or drive on this day).
Although according to the guide of Jewish believers there are about 25%, the Orthodox have a significant influence on the direction of the state.
The journey is over. Airport. This time I was a suspect because I couldn’t answer the question of who I was in Turkey with five years ago, and I was there with a group of friends who were near and far. And have fun with 100 questions, checks and searches.
Marcin and Joanna
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