Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas! We realize that we've been blogging daily for the entire trip so far. The next two days (Saturday and Sunday) will have been low activity days (relatively speaking for us), so we will be combining those two days into one post.
We were awakened at 4:30 by a rooster crowing somewhere in the Negev. And we realized that this is the second year in a row that we have spent Christmas eve in the desert!
The Yehelim Hotel is a boutique family hotel on the edge of Arad. So for breakfast we expected some juice, coffee, maybe some muffins and toast (you know, like at a Hampton Inn back home). Instead, we found a full table of beautiful home made salads and dips (and muffins and bread and spreads) plus eggs of your choosing. This little hotel (truly in the middle of nowhere) was quite a gem.
And then we lit our own candle.
Dinner in the hotel and an easy evening as we prepare for our journey to Jordan tomorrow.
Front page of today's newspaper. Fascinating to be here during this time.
Then we walked about 150 yards across the no-man's land, luggage in hand, to the Jordanian entry gate. At moments like these, it's helpful to only travel with carry on!
Once there, we were met by another handler, who quickly got us through all of the passport checks.