03.02.2012 - 03.02.2012 20 °C
The morning was spent getting organised on the computer so that I could keep recording what was happening on this trip and the Lucy and I went for a long walk along the beach of Netanya. The beaches of Israel are one of the best kept secrets because of peoples fear of what might happen but Netanya beach was lovely white sand, wide and clean and with all the facilities that one requires at the beach although being winter not a great deal of patronage was taking place.
We met Millie who walked with us for a while and who took our picture with the beach in the background, and we walked and talked for the good part of 90 minutes. It was inspiring to hear Lucy talk about ‘making Aliya’ which for us means returning home to Israel, even though they had never lived here before. We talked about hopes and dreams and how happy and settled they are here in their new 'old land'. There is a great sense of community and both Lucy and Allan have settled well and are part of the local community.
Netanya, as noted yesterday is a concrete utilitarian city with a mass of people from all over the world. A figure quoted yesterday was that there over 70,000 Russian immigrants in Netanya alone and Lucy seemed to know lots of people as we strolled along the beach.
Our day continued with coffee in the main square which was becoming very quiet as the town prepared for the Sabbath but it was fascinating to see the multitude of people from young women handing out little boxes of Sabbath lights to the old one legged veteran in a wheelchair who was worrying some of the people in the square and so one of the Shop Keepers came along and pushed him away from where the tables were.
I was privileged to share Kiddush with Alan and Lucy and to break bread with them in their tradition. It was an honour to be part of a ritual that unites people around a common aim. We shared a meal and afterwards chatted until it was time to go to bed.
Tomorrow the adventure continues with a trip to Masada where I hope to climb the snake path, but will see how I feel when I am confronted with it.