You’re not allowed to leave Israel without a visit to the Dead Sea. It’s not actually a law but it might as well be. Passport control should ask every visitor that question as they arrive. “How long is your stay? Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables? Have you arranged to visit the Dead Sea yet?” It’s practically required. There was no way we were leaving Israel without taking a dip in one of the world’s most famous bodies of water.
When you hear a bike bell, you dive out of the way! That should be the first thing that you learn before a visit to Amsterdam. Most of the locals ride their bike everywhere and the whole city is set up with an excellent system of bike paths. Make no mistake however. These bike paths are for bikes, not for tourist to wander around like your drunk Uncle at Thanksgiving dinner. Once you embrace that idea, Amsterdam is a wonderful city to explore.
The “Theme Song” for James Bond plays while we speed away from the airport in the wooden boat taxi that we’ve seen in so many movies. The funny thing is that this particular airport is not the airport we landed at. You see, THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION… 🙂