July 30th, 2005
My wish for this day was to have time to adjust from
the harsh surroundings of El Khader to life back home. So I got on the
minibus provided by Ibrahim Abu Al-Hawa and travelled with a group of
internationals to Tel Aviv. I ended up in a hotel with a view on the
A greater contrast between where I was and where I am
now isn't possible. The coastline here is filled with huge hotel towers
(Hilton and Sheraton) and seems to be a real US holiday resort.
So I had a swim in the sea - the water temperature must
be over 20 degrees - and sat on the beach. Also here the sun is still
too hot. But most of my time here I slept. Even when I went out for
dinner I had a hard time keeping my eyes open.
And I miss the quiet and in many ways peaceful environment
of the Hope Flowers School. Everything there is so simple, straightforward.
I feel more at home there, I seem to understand life over there better
then life here. It reminds me of other moments in the past I felt happy,
for instance the time I spent in the East of the Czech Republic. Interesting
to know, it reassures me that I am ready to leave the Netherlands and
go and live somewhere else.
July 31st, 2005
A morning spent with packing and a short meeting with
Anne. Good to see her again, but now in Israel. Other stories surface
here, stories that are more typical Israeli. I will think about this,
how both parties create their own images of how bad the other party
is. And these stories are so similar.
And then the airport, where I am sitting right now. The
routine of interview and check ups. Not too bad this time, just 1 hour
and 45 minutes. I was classified as moderately dangerous (red stickers).
I am slightly worried because two bottles of wine were taken from me
and are now on their separate way to Amsterdam. But I do not know if
I will ever see them again. Bethlehem wine is seen here as very explosive,
Well, my Dear Friend, just the flight back now and I
will be in the Netherlands again. So till soon!!