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.
A giraffe leans out of the train window and screams “Woooooo!” at us while we walk down the street dressed as chickens. Today promises to get a bit wild. Luckily, we showed up fully ready to embrace the chaos. As it turns out, that’s the only way to properly prepare yourself for Carnival in Cologne.
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.