Coincidentally, we do have to leave the country in the next couple of weeks to renew our 3 month tourist visa. We're hopeful that they let us back in. Would be most convenient.
We have counted our dollars and have to leave the country, stay out for a few days, and get back in on as little as possible. Where would you go??
Jordan is the closest/easiest/cheapest option, and happens to be one of my favorite places in the world. Petra anyone?? (Think Indiana Jones, but so much more fun.) But, we have done that before and new adventures are always on my radar. Geoff is still longing to see the pyramids in neighboring Egypt.
I've seen the pyramids. He hasn't. Have I told you that story? Yes? Oh well, here it is again...
"Hey Jamie, we're going to Egypt tomorrow to see the pyramids, wanna come?"
Yes, yes she did.
She was excited and even invited the scholarly hunk along, but he declined with a poor excuse of,
"I really want to go, but have a class Friday morning. I can't skip school!"
"Ouch," thought girl, "that's the best excuse he can think of?"
Well, girl had endured worse brush offs. She was even slightly relieved because she could tell that underneath that scholarly, Mr. Nice Guy facade he put on, he'd probably be easy to fall for. And really, she just wasn't looking for that kind of thing right then. It seemed he wasn't either, with an excuse like that.
At least she assumed it was an excuse.
Who would actually skip out on the pyramids to attend a single Friday class?? That's what I call letting your study get in the way of your education. If the excuse was really true (which she later confirmed it was), then scholar boy must really not be her kind of guy.
Girl had a great trip to the pyramids. Easily the most amazing single site she had seen in all her travels around the world.
When she got back to Israel, she was surprised that scholar boy wanted to see her again. She thought that was fine and wasn't too concerned about anything serious because she could never be swept off her feet by someone who chose prepared class time over fleeing to Egypt at the last minute. She didn't want scholar boy, she needed adventure man.
Long (well, not that long) story short, she realized that she didn't need adventure man. That would get her into way too much trouble. She realized that scholar boy needed adventure girl.
After seeing her pictures and hearing her stories of the great pyramids in Egypt, scholar boy had wept in repentance and pledged never again to let another adventure with her pass him by. To this day when people ask if he's visited the pyramids, a tear will form in the corner of his eye...but adventure girl will say,
"I have! They're incredible! One of the best trips ever!"
And they live happily ever after.
Oh, and there's that little detail about Egypt being a bit more of an "exciting" place to travel at the moment. THAT is a good excuse. Maybe we SHOULD just cross the border to Jordan, hike Petra, and lay by the Dead Sea on the Jordanian side 'till we can come back into Israel.
Or we could go to Turkey, or Cyprus, or someplace in Europe...or Russia(?), but now it's just getting expensive. Expensive kept us from a new nephew and a sister's wedding. Expensive isn't happening.
But let's pretend just for fun it wasn't expensive and just had to be somewhere on this side of the world. What's a place you've always wanted to see, or have seen and highly recommend? Where would you go??