Sometimes the best things that happen in my life are the things that I never see coming. Getting this trip to Israel has restored any lost faith that I may have had in dropping my life in Indiana and starting this life as flight attendant. It was an incredible experience that I will hold close forever.
How I Got the Trip
So around noon on May 29th I was assigned an airport alert for that evening. Airport alert is a four hour long shift where you sit in the crew room at the airport and you may or may not be quick called for a trip. Think of it as a safety net for the airline in case someone calls off last minute. I'm there to work the trip so there are no delays! No one likes delays.
Airport alert gives me anxiety. Every time that the phone in the crew room rings my heart rate and I both jump to the ceiling. It can be scary because one minute you're hanging out watching Grey's Anatomy and the next you're on a plane to, IDK, Israel?
That's what happened. I was called and LITERALLY ten minutes later I am in my jump seat getting ready to take off to Israel. It also does not help that I was assigned to be the lead flight attendant. A fellow crew member was gracious enough to trade with me, though, since I had never worked this flight before. Might I add that it is a ten hour flight, and I have been up since 5am. Thank goodness for the three hour crew rest.
6 Things I Learned About Israel
Herzliya, Israel is a captivating and beautiful place. It's a destination that I didn't know I needed to travel to. Since I was a last minute addition to the trip, I didn't have much time to prepare, which can be intimidating entering a new country. Here is a list of the things I learned during my 29-hour layover in Herzliya, Israel.
1. There are Cats Everywhere
I mean it, EVERYWHERE. They're cute and cuddly and roaming around the streets, walkways and beaches. I walked about twenty minutes over to the beach and saw at least 30 cats just running around and playing with each other. Every once in awhile, you will see people walking around laying down piles of cat food, which I think is nice.
SOMEONE GO ADOPT THESE PRECIOUS KITTYS PLEASE
2. Eating out? Better have a few hours.
While in Israel, I ate at two different restaurants and both experiences last more than three hours. The food in Israel is amazing. I could plan an entire trip around eating in Israel and never get bored writing about it. The trip would have to be a few weeks long, though, because eating out takes HOURS.
I learned that this is a cultural thing. The servers bring your food and then they leave you alone for awhile. Eating out is more social than anything else. So they will gladly leave you alone for awhile to have a good time.
For lunch, I went to this Italian restaurant by myself and the staff didn't know what to do with me. They kept saying, "Table for one? Just one? No one else? You sure?"
3. Language Experts
Most people, if not everyone, can speak multiple languages.
When I first sat down at the Italian restaurant, The server came up to me and said something in Hebrew. When I looked confused he tried French and then Spanish and then English. He did this with ease and what seemed like not much thought. It's like this for everyone. The hotel staff, the servers, the man at the ice cream store, everyone! It is impressive and I want more of that in my life!
4. Everyone is Flawless
I am not even kidding a little bit when I tell you that the people in Israel are the most beautiful and majestic people I have ever seen in my life. Go for a walk along the beach and you will see tall and fit men and women. Muscular and cut men and women. With thick brown hair and tan skin. Light blue or green eyes and incredibly white teeth.
It is intimidating how perfect they are. Then they start talking and you find that they are also the friendliest people that you will ever meet. DOUBLE WHAMMY.
5. With the beautiful, come the odd
I was walking down the street near the hotel that I was staying at, camera in hand minding my own business, when an older man came running down the sidewalk waving a wooden backscratcher in the air and mumbling something in Hebrew. The man proceeded to run past me, turned around, spanked me with the wooden back scratcher and then yelled, "YOU BEEN SATISFIED!"
I tried my best to ignore the man for the next twenty minutes while he followed me around trying to get money from my for his "service of satisfaction."
Also, this man doing this...
Usually, I am a delicate little ginger boy who, respectively, hates the beach. In the summer my parents go every single Sunday and on the rare occasion that I am dragged along, I am miserable. Something about the sun on my sensitive skin mixed with dirty sand isn't appealing to me.
Except, in Israel, I could spend my life at the beach. There is something about it that I can't easily explain. The sand is soft and the sun is bright but not harsh. The water is crystal clear and warm like a bath. I sat on the beach for hours without sunscreen (because I always forget) and received only a light burn on the back of my neck that has already turned into a tan. Look how happy I was there!
At the end of it all
In the end, I was sad to leave Israel. I have always said that my favorite destination was Amsterdam, but that has quickly changed. Israel is the place that I never thought I would want to go and now I wish I could go there every day. Though, I don't know if I could handle working the 10 hour redeye flight more than a few times a month. After that trip I am exhausted...off to bed for me.
Would you Go to Israel
Three years ago I made the bold (and crazy) decision to drop out of school, quit my job and move across the country to start my life as a cabin crew member. With my suit freshly pressed and my shiny wings pinned to my heart, I was ready to take on the world. ....read more.
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