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The Serious Touring Plan

Several months into my Ulpan adventure, I found out that my parents had decided to make their first ever trip to Israel at the end of my Ulpan course. This will be a perfect opportunity for me to use my new language skills to navigate the country as well as to see parts of The Land that I have never seen before with two of my favorite people. In my non-studying time I have ransacked my friends bookshelves for their guide books of Israel, scoured the Internet, and made countless inquiries to National Parks and guest houses in key parts of Israel. I scribbled tons of little notes about where I thought we should go and when but it became clear that if this was going to be a successfully thorough tour, I was going to need to come up with something more organized. That is when I got the idea........and THE SERIOUS TOURING PLAN was born.

First I printed out all the sites that were absolute "must see" places and color coded them according to region. (I made a color coded region map too because I kept losing track of what was where.)

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Finally, I made an overview chart with a breakdown of the sites that we will visit each day. The chart is by hour as I calculated the approximate time that it would take to visit each particular site and the traveling distance between sites. I gave each day a slot in a folder and divided all the maps, Internet printouts and notes into the appropriate day.

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To much strategy? My Israeli friend's just laugh when I ask for their advice on my plan. Planning anything in advance is very counter-cultural here. Israel is a very unpredictable land filled with very spontaneous people so I am anticipating a million and one things to alter the plan but if this plan gives this American family a basic guide to follow in seeing this amazing country, it will have performed it's task well.

Posted by Sarah 2116 03:19

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I smell some crazy here! Calm down and have a good time!

by LindaDagg

smell it? i hear it, see it and even taste it. But, No matter what seeing your parents at first glance and catching up i bet will take more time than touring. ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY! :) what day are they leaving?

by hayleey

Isn't that terriffic!!! Showing your folks around the many things you have experienced.
Enjoy and love to all.
PS. Loved the card, Thanks. A. Melba

by mfanger

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