|about to leave for the aiport|
Here are some unusual things noticed over the past few days:
--I asked about setting up an appointment for a dental cleaning and was offered one within 24 hours. This is the 3rd dental cleaning I've set up for family members and they always seem to ask if I want one within the next day or two. If your US dentist is anything like mine, appointments are booked 6 months in advance and, should you need to cancel that appointment, say, 5 months ahead of time, you will wait another 2 months (after the original 6 month date) to get a new appointment. Pleasant change!
--Batsheva pointed out that a meal at McDonald's costs about the same as going to a nice, sit-down place!
|The "Original Big America" is 44NIS--about $11!|
p.s. don't worry, we weren't going to eat there (no matter what the prices were). Just snapped the photo as we went by
Here is a picture with our guide in front of an early Israeli police car. I was really stymied when he started to speak. He looked like an Israeli, had an Israeli name, and spoke Hebrew like an Israeli but he had a perfect accent when speaking English and a very high-level vocabulary. I was so confused I even asked him if he was from the US. Turns out his father was stationed for the Israeli Air Force in Utah for a few years, starting when our guide was 5. No other Israelis anywhere around. When the family returned to Israel they had to put him in a program with new olim so he could learn Hebrew again!
--Final thought on Batsheva's visit: Israel is a very sweet country. In every place we went to that had a kid's- or family rate, they charged us the lower rate for Batsheva. I would say something like, "no, no she is my child, but she is 20, so she's not a child for tickets" and the clerk would say, "no, she's your daughter! Family rate" :)