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Sep 24th, 2007, 07:07 AM
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Thursday, Sep 20, 2007

Today we just hung out at the beach, caught up on our sleep and packed. At the morning we had a private memorial for family in the Kibbutz’s cemetery, and afterwards coffee at a cousin’s house. In the evening several guests came to Sdot Yam to wish us goodbye, and we went to sleep. We would have to wake up very early to get to the airport on time.

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Sep 24th, 2007, 07:41 AM
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Friday, Sep 21, 2007

Our flight leaves at 10:40, which means waking up at 05:00, showering, getting ready (don’t forget the kids), saying goodbye and making it to the airport in time.

Since it was the day before Yom-Kippur there was little traffic, and we got to the airport easily, returned our cars and went to check in.

The American airport security should take a note from Israeli airport security. I counted six times we got “checked out” without any hassles or rudeness. We did have to open several suitcases because of bowels, teapots and bars of soap, but it was done in a courteous professional manner in our presence – actually we were requested to open the suitcases ourselves. My foster brother, who came to the airport to say goodbye was laughing saying that he just heard on the news that they only check Arabs and that I should call them up to let them know it’s not true.

After check in we got our sits, even though we reserved three sits in the front row (with the bassinet), we got “bumped” back because they were other parents with children and Continental felt (and rightly so) that it wouldn’t be fair to them. However everything worked out pretty good. We got the two sits in the front which my parents sat in with the baby (who basically slept the whole way except waking up to eat), and we sat a row behind with our daughter in the middle (a kind passenger traded sits with me to the next aisle so we could have all three sits). The person who sat up front turned to be a father and his daughter, the mother and another daughter sat a row behind us, and we made quick friends and our daughter had a playmate for the duration of the flight. This was excellent since miss “no-nap” slept for a whole two hours out of the twelve hour flight.

Entertaining a three year old for ten hours in a metal tube is no small task, I can assure you. However we did bring a portable DVD player (G-d’s gift to travelers with kids), her favorite DVDs along with some new ones, coloring books, games and other surprises to pass the time.

Once we got into Newark we called a local taxi company to come pick us up. Getting off the plane, going through immigration and customs (we are all US citizens) went off smoothly and of course our luggage came out last. Once we got out it turned out our taxi still didn’t arrive, we called the company and they said he was “five minutes away”, which was technically true, except that he was stuck in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike. The taxi showed up ten minutes later, the driver (a very nice and huge Irish guy), told us how he had to stand in traffic to which we only said “twelve hours on a plane with two kids”, which he admitted that compared to that his ride was luxurious.

Turned out the driver lives in our area, so we made a friend.

Now … deal with a three year old with jetlag.
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Sep 24th, 2007, 08:14 AM
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your report has been very entertaining and interesting! I have three kids myself and have traveled with them, and all I can say is - it gets better! When we travel with the now teen aged son, I am overwhelmed by the intelligence and thoughtfulness of his observations. The two younger ones are just plain fun (1 child now 16 and 2 now 11).
Thanks so much for all your work posting!
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Sep 24th, 2007, 11:12 AM
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Momliz, I have told my wife (before we got married) that I think it's important for people of all ages to travel. It expends the mind and understanding among different cultures.

I would have no issue taking my kids for a week out of school to travel.
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Sep 24th, 2007, 12:19 PM
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I have taken the kids out of school also - but, what I think is absurd is that the schools around here are not at all understanding as they (the kids) get older. My son's and my nephew's high schools are very difficult about time off, so much so that the child risks failing the class if they miss too much school. And, as they get older, they gain so much! They are ambassadors, in a way, as they interact with their local peers. Sad!
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Sep 25th, 2007, 06:18 AM
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By the way, plan on around $100 US a day in gas if you rent a small car.
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Sep 25th, 2007, 04:52 PM
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Welcome home! Now you need a vacation to recuperate from vacation
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Oct 9th, 2007, 02:45 AM
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I have just come across your report - really enjoyed it! We are going in May for the second time; your report has given us new ideas.

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