Today was really quite interesting…
It started at 6:05 when Arielle, Elisa, and I met up between buildings 6 & 7 to get to the bus. We caught the bus and headed to the Central Bus Station. We had tickets for the 7:00am bus to Eilat. We made it alright and boarded the bus. After a minor mix up, everyone took their seats and we were off.
For about 30 minutes.
We didn’t make it out of Jerusalem. At 7:20, the bus broke down. Arielle woke me up about forty minutes later and let me know that we had stopped. By 8:15, a second bus pulled up. We switched all our stuff over and were onward – take 2!
We were on a roll and by about 10:30 we pulled into a rest stop. We got a haf-secha (15 minute break) whereupon I went into the gas station and bought a danish, peanut M&M’s, and chocolate milk. (Healthy breakfast.)
We came back out to the bus and the bus driver couldn’t get the engine to turn over. At this point, he was just laughing. >_> It took 30 minutes to get the bus up and running. As we pulled out, someone from the back of the bus yelled “Rega rega!” (Wait, wait!) Apparently, someone wasn’t on the bus. (At this point I was like….leave em. v . v)
We FINALLY got underway again and pulled into Eilat at about 12:20. We immediately went on an epic quest to find our hostel “Arava Hostel”.But we also saw a beautiful view. Here’s Jordan:Eilat is very modern. I was getting some serious Las Vegas vibes as we walked around and saw the hotels:Either way, the three of us checked into the hostel and decided to hit the beach. After we sat down, an employee came up to us and told us that each chair was 20 NIS. So we got up and moved on. >_> We ended up at a restaurant chillaxing and drinking booze. Beach time?From there, we went to the mall and got fake!Sbarro pizza. It was still delicious, but it wasn’t Sbarro. We left the mall and walked down the pier a bit. I found this delightful restaurant…but I think we decided it would be best if we didn’t eat here. It was a tad questionable…The last thing we did before heading back was take fun pictures at the pier. Here’s my one (the rest are on Elisa’s camera):Of course my hair is doing something funky…but it is what it is.
Tomorrow, the plan is Petra! We were going to wing it ourselves but we eventually decided to give in and purchase a tour ticket. Tomorrow morning we are being picked up at 6:40 at our hostel and for “the low, low price of 940 NIS” ($258) we get a ride to (and from) Petra, lunch, entrance fee, and a day tour. The only additional fee is the border crossing. It’s going to cost about $50 because we have to get a visa.
BUT! I think ease wins out. This way, we don’t have to worry about finding a taxi to the border at 6:00am, finding a taxi to Petra FROM the border, finding a taxi back, getting money converted, finding lunch, touring the huge site ourselves, etc.
SO TOMORROW! Expect LOTS of pictures….unless I’m so tired that I collapse. >_>
Peace out, Girl Scouts!