Nahariya—The Gaza Saga.

Today I am staying just outside of Nahariya in Northern Israel. The border of Lebanon is just over the hill. Nahariya experienced rocket attacks during the war in 2006. Today it was reported in the news that Hezbollah will refrain from attacking with rockets against Israel. The Lebanese government said they do not want the infrastructure ruined from another war. This is a strategy of the Israeli government; hit them hard to teach a lesson that will possibly prevent trouble in the future, although in the meantime women and children get killed.

Interesting enough, The Arab world’s most prominent comedian and movie star, Egyptian actor Adel Imam, has stunned many of his fans by expressing understanding for Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip. Think deeply while you’re in your home—if a rocket fell from the sky in your backyard, would you want your government to counterattack? Syria is keeping a closed lip on the issue of Gaza. There is a chance that Syria and Israel will accord to peace someday, quicker than Lebanon. Counterattacking should take place, but without killing women and innocent children. All Israel can do is bomb without any solution.

The sister of the family of the farm mentioned I could go to her brother’s house by the sea of Galilee for a week; her brother is not there during the week. She is looking into the situation.

The distinction I’ve observed between the hospitality of the West and of the Arabs is that the Arabs, especially Egyptians, are very welcoming to strangers. The Arabs offer tea and will always offer to feed the foreigner; the Arabs like to take time to talk; although, the Arabs, and Turkish are conservative concerning their home. Most people, such as in Egypt, have a guest room they invite you into, although, not into their home itself. Westerners, and here in Israel, are conservative on the stranger level. Westerners can seem cold, fearful, and too busy to visit. Although, the Israelis are more open and trusting regarding their home, an interesting difference. Observing Eastern Europe will be interesting, identifying how they relate to traveler and strangers.

I have started to like beets, raw beets, not cooked. The family of the farm made many beets with olive oil, lemon, and salt. My body seems to absorb the nutrition from the beets and is craving more. I will buy some beets, carrots, and some radishes for us to toss up a salad. In addition, the family of the farm would toss up lettuce with lemon, olive oil, which included honey. The honey appended a semi-sweetness to the lettuce.

I will tomorrow head down to Arce to check out the old city. Today I just went into town and walked to the sea, I got my haircut and ate lunch. I am a little dilatory at getting into the travel mode at the moment.

During my time on the farm, I stopped feeling like a traveler, which is pleasant. The way the ego relates to traveling is ridiculous, this is easily observable how some travelers glorify themselves and brag about traveling. After a few months into traveling, I viewed it as “no big deal,” now I observe it to be a cockamamie delusion. Nevertheless, traveling can cause a big imprint on a person’s life. Even so, I observe the same routine among travel bloggers—most will teach how to travel, or they will try to write a book. Well I am glad others are writing about the subject, because it will prevent me from pursuing the topic. My number one interest is culture and the deeper levels of humanity within my travels.

I am inspecting some farm situations in Greece for the month of March, we will see if anything materializes.