Yup, it’s been a while and that’s because I have been very busy traveling. First I spent an overnight in the Golan Heights, hiking and exploring the sights with my internship program. It was nice to spend a short time with everyone on the program and it was even nicer to be hiking. It made me miss Bay Area hiking up Mount Tam or around the Marin Headlands, but it was great to be in nature near the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
Right after I dropped off my dirty backpacking backpack full of smelly clothes, I repacked my rollaway with pants and sweaters to head off to Budapest, Hungary. In the morning I was eating breakfast on a Kibbutz and by 11:00pm I was turning the key in the lock to our Hungarian AirBnB apartment.
The city was incredible! Dave and I literally walked everywhere and saw all of the amazing palaces, castles, hills and baths, plus the inside of many fine hotel bathrooms along the way. 5 days seemed like a long time by the end of the trip because we had more than worn out our walking feet, and a few bouts of food poisoning plagued our last 32 hours. But as you can see below we truly soaked up the sights and enjoyed our time in Europe.
If I can recommend one thing while planning your next trip, you should check out eatwith.com and see if you can sign up for one of these unique dining experiences in the city you are planning to visit. We paid for a dinner in the home of one of the most interesting men I have ever met and it was an experience I will never forget. On top of his amazing location on the Danube River, Mark, our host, cooked a delicious meal, shared stories of his time in Hollywood as a production and set buyer, and charmed us with anecdotes about the eclectic art pieces that adorned every inch of his walls. It was such a special evening and I invite all of you to check it out even for a dining escape in your own back yard.
So now we are home, back in Tel Aviv, enjoying the last part of our vacation before all of the Jewish festival holidays are over and the real routine of life sets in. Of course every day here in Israel is still an adventure to me, so I will be back soon with more stories.