One of the fun things of traveling is that you get these unexpected, little moments of joy all over the place. I’m sure you’re familiar with those small moments that put a smile on your face for whatever reason…
As I sat down for a breakfast/lunch on my first day in Israel, one of these occurred in my travels…
Here’s the explanation: I’m sitting in a great 24×7 breakfast restaurant named Benedict in Herzliyah, Israel. They serve wonderful bread with their breakfast and I grab the little package of butter to find out… It’s Dutch! It even says Real Butter in Dutch on the wrapper. Yes, I smiled when I noticed that 🙂
Compared to New England, the weather has been outstanding here in Israel. Lots of people are still wearing their heavy coats (it’s only 65F and windy), but without having had time to adjust to these milder temperatures, it’s T-shirt weather for me.
One of my strategies to counteract my jet-lagged brain/body’s tendency to not allow me to fall asleep at a reasonable hour is to get lots of fresh air. With a hotel that is right on the beach that means going for long walks along the beach. While the strategy hasn’t worked thus far, I’m at least getting my miles in 🙂
And the views aren’t too bad either! In addition, there’s evidence of friendly companions…
As my body is still fighting against the time zone difference (translation: sleep deprivation), I decided to go for a long walk along the beach this morning to at least show my brain that there’s daylight at this hour. By my standards, the weather is wonderful, as it’s a rather humid 67F (appr. 19C), which is a far cry from the light snow that is falling at home…
As the wind is in-land and the surf’s not too shabby, there are 100s of people out in the water surfing along the beach. If there were a bigger surf and bright sunshine, this might look like California!
The vantage point is between a set of concrete barriers in a stormdrain that empties into the beach.
As I’m flying back to Boston from Atlanta, I am going through Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. The airport is easy to access from downtown Atlanta using the MARTA transportation system.
This is a large central hub for the Delta system, so the airport has a large number of concourses. Traversing between concourse A and B, you go through a rain forest. I want to share one impression from that.
There are sounds of birds and gentle rain to soothe your passage.
Last night, my wife and I attended the company Holiday party of Red Hat, which was held in Boston. It was a fantastic evening, which started with all of us seeing a performance of the Blue Man Group; if you get the chance to see them and like to be thoroughly entertained, I’d recommend them 100%, as we laughed and were amazed by the cleverness of their performance. We had front row seats, which are not for the faint of heart, but we were well-protected by our ponchos!
After the performance, a lavish dinner was served at the W hotel with drinks and dessert; altogether quite tasty! We stayed overnight at the W, which is quite luxurious and woke up before most of the city to get ready for our drive home. From the parking garage, we were afforded this view of Boston:
Despite all its modernity, Boston still has lots of the character of the old city that was built on the shores of the river Charles. With winding streets and lots of one-way streets (narrow paths don’t make for great avenues), it tends to confuse most who don’t travel through it regularly, which included our GPS, as it required us to make a U-turn, as part of its approach strategy 🙂