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    What do we mean by "Black Coffee"

    by iblatt Written Oct 31, 2007

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    A minor warning, but a major one for serious coffee drinkers:

    Don't make the same mistake that my friend Ralph from Minnesota made when he visited Israel recently: He ordered "black coffee", imagining that he would receive percolated American coffee with no milk.

    He was disappointed to get instead a cup of Turkish coffee, with a muddy sediment at the bottom.

    So, don't say you haven't been warned: In Israel "black coffee" means what the Israelis fondly call "Cafe Botz" ("mud coffee"). If you desire anything else you will have to be more explicit (for example: "Cafe Americano, no milk".

    Now enjoy your trip to Israel and your cup of coffee!

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    by Sharon Updated May 26, 2007

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    If you're planning a trip to the desert, or a long drive south on road no. 90 during the winter or spring time you should be ware of the floods danger !
    At this seasons floods can happen and roads may be closed. Just recently 4 young guys and gals were killed at the desert out of a huge flood that caught them while doing sneplling out of ignoring such forcast.

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    Don't listen to the media!

    by NYCTravelerGuy Written Jan 26, 2007

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    Israel is in the spotlight all too often on the news around the world. The media is far from accurate only showing the worst of the worst. I traveled to Israel 3x and the truth is Israel is no more dangerous than any major city anywhere in the world. In NYC i feel safe, but in Israel I feel even safer. Israel is a beautiful country and if your interested in going, then just go! Anyone that doesn't visit Israel because they fear terrorist bombings is only doing one thing by not traveling to Israel and that is letting the terrorists win. Stand up to terrorism and travel to Israel.

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    Road signs

    by Nathalie_B Written Jan 13, 2007

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    No, this is not the type of sign that you will encounter in the middle of Tel Aviv, and not even in its surroundings. But we do have a large desert and camels are often spoted crossing the roads. These are not wild animals and you won't see them wandering on the streets, but they are owned by many beduins that live in the country and therefore can be seen in the desert areas of Israel. In beduin culture camels are symbols of wealth and many times you can see the camels' owners walking their animals along the roads or helping them to make their may to the desert where they spend their day in munching the desert vegitation.
    I happened to speak with one of such beduins, whom I met near Arad. Usually, camels' front feet are gently tied by a rope so they can't run or wander too far, but the beduin I spoke with told me that he had camels that were very comfortable making their way into the city of Arad where they felt free to walk on the streets (yes, with their feet tied).
    So if you drive on our roads and spot such a street sign, take it seriously and bear in mind that camels may interrupt your journey.

    Look at the feet

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    Be wary and stay away from any...

    by roamer61 Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    Be wary and stay away from any large gathering/protest that may take place. The whole of the region has a history of such activities. If you see a bag that has been left at a particular place, keep away and notify the authorities. It may and may not be a bomb. Maintain the same vigilance you would in any other major city.

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    Don't leave for Egypt without a visa

    by MalenaN Written Dec 21, 2005

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    If you are going to visit only Sinai it is okay without a visa (at least for Swedish citizens), but if you are going to see more of Egypt you need a visa, and that you can?t get at the border. There is an Egyptian Consulate in Eilat. It opens 9 o?clock in the morning and they issue the visa in about an hour. Bring a passport photo. For the visa I paid 65 shekels (about 15 dollars). The address for the consulate is: 68 Afraty Street, Bna Betkha, Eilat

    Beach life in Eilat
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    Haifa - Elijah's Cave - Donation

    by ophiro Written Aug 27, 2005

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    If you will go to Elijah's cave suddenly you will see a lot of people that will ask you for donation for a sick person or something like that and as far as i know they all trying to get money for themselves.
    Try to avoid them and don't answer them unless you want to donate.

    Elijah's cave

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    Your rights against harsh security checks !!!

    by travellingdan Written Aug 17, 2005

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    Excerpt from AIC-web:

    a) Identification and Explanation
    The person in charge is required to introduce him/herself with name&function, to explain you why s/he is conducting this search and which law/regulation sanctions it. If the search is conducted according to the Protection of Aviation Law s/he has no right to check your written material unless it concerns your identity or the purpose of your visit.

    b) Interrogation
    The search is NOT an interrogation. The only questions allowed are the ones aiming to ensure that you are neither a “terrorist” nor being used by one: Who packed your luggage? Who bought your ticket? Why did you come to Israel? Which places have you visited? If you feel that the questions are going beyond the aim, you should make clear that you have provided all necessary answers and you refuse to be subjected to a political interrogation.

    c) The search
    You have the right to be present at each stage of the search of your belongings and to demand that they will put your belongings back in their original place, neatly folded and clean. In a case of a body search, you have the right to demand proper conditions (e.g. to be searched by a member of the same sex, or not to stand barefoot on the floor). If you feel that the search is going beyond its official aim (e.g. protection of aviation) you have the right to demand to stop it immediately. Ask to see the supervisor to complain and insist that you will not allow the search to continue, unless it is conducted within the framework of the regulations.

    If your belonging have been damaged ask to file a complaint. If they dont have a form ask to write it on a regular piece of paper and try to obtain the searcher’s signature. Once you arrive to your destination file in an official complaint to the Border’s Dept. of Police.

    A Few Tips
    - make it clear that you are familiar with your rights
    - do not be rude or friendly with the searchers
    - do not lie & do not volunteer information
    - behave with dignity and they will treat you with more respect

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    The Narghila Myth (or Hubble Bubble Trouble)

    by gilabrand Updated Jul 7, 2005

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    Sorry to be a partypooper, but smoking a narghila (also “shisha,” “hookah,” “hubble bubble” or just plain “water-pipe”) is not the harmless activity that people think it is. Narghila smoking is perceived as being less dangerous than cigarette smoking. New studies have shown that this is not so.

    Common myths and misconceptions: The nicotine content is lower than that of cigarettes. The water filters out all the noxious chemicals, including carbon monoxide, nicotine and tar. Smoking a narghila is less irritating and thus less harmful to the throat and respiratory tract than cigarette smoking. Narghila tobacco is fruit-flavored, which means it’s healthy.

    In the Middle East, puffing on a narghila goes back 400 years. And remember the scene in “Alice in Wonderland” when she meets a hookah-smoking caterpillar sitting on a mushroom?

    Nowadays, narghila-smoking has become very trendy. Visitors to Israel think it’s cool and exotic, and buy narghilas to take back home with them. I personally helped a VTer get a good deal at an outdoor stall in Jerusalem (the price - $24 - was considerably lower than what she was told to pay by the tour organizers). In fact, these pipes are pretty to look at, and come in an assortment of colors and designs.

    But scientists have found a very high concentration of carbon monoxide in narghila smoke, especially when using the small-sized pipes, and the cooling effect of the water only encourages people to inhale more deeply. True, smoking a narghila seems to be less addictive than cigarettes – it’s more of a social thing – but because of that, you spend more time doing it, and thus breathe in even more harmful substances than you would from a cigarette. On top of that, the same mouthpiece is shared by everyone, which doesn’t sound very hygienic to me.

    The bottom line is that puffing on a narghila may be fun, but it’s at least as harmful as smoking cigarettes. In light of the above, I would say go ahead and buy a narghila, but when you get home, keep it on the shelf as a knicknack…

    Keep it on the shelf
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    Jellyfish Season !!!

    by Sharon Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    Every year between Mid' of July and aprx Mid of August a huge Jellyfish groups "visit" Israel on its way north.
    Those Jellyfishes are NOT as dangerouse / deadly as in australia for example or maybe in other places too BUT they can give you a bad burns on the skin !!!
    They are BIG and nasty and the spread their (sort of) poison while they are around so if you're close to them you can alredy feel it on your skin though its nothing bad however you will NOT want to "meet" them personaly and feel them on your body... So be aware of that.

    For some reason there are no signs that warns about it in the beaches, the locals knows this but tourist may not know so if you're going to swim best thing to do is first see if the locals swin and you can also ask people if its okay or if you better just wet your self quickly and run away... (like i do at this times LoL )

    What to do if you were burned
    Although this kind of Jellyfish are not deadly, if you were really unlucky and a Jellyfish was stucked on your skin, first of all get out of the water and go quickly to get some medical treat at the first aid station at the beach.
    if there's no first aid station check at the life guard place.

    The best thing to use is putting lots of vinegar cause it neutralized the poison.
    If there is no such thing around better use water with salt.
    Do not scrash the burn with sand or put on it sand And if you dont have that or that or that you can use your urine which helps though doesnt smell too good.

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    Drivers & Traffic

    by Sharon Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    The drivers in Israel are known for not being so patient and basicaly driving as "if they own the road" if you know what i mean.
    So if there's any danger here that would be it.
    Drive slow though not too slow... we dont have time here... we're always in a rush... people wont like the fact that a slow driver is
    preventing them of driving as fast as they want.

    Zebra crossing
    Unfortinately in this aspect Israel is definitely behind the west...
    Dont take it as an obviouse thing that car would stop and let you cross the road while you're standing near the zebra crosss and waiting !
    I must admit that the first time i saw a "normal" drivers was in Europe, mostly in London, before i was even on the edge of the road Cars were already stopping, i remember i was in a shock ! i wish it would have been like that here but its not So Please BE CAREFUL when you're about to cross the road, drivers here can be really crazy.

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    Only living thing in this is us!

    by 807Wheaton Written Jun 11, 2005

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    When you visit the Dead Sea please be careful not to go in the water just after shaving!!! Probably the best time to visit the Dead Sea would be in the afternoon after a trip to Jericho or Masada. It's a good place to cool off.

    1290 Feet Below Sea Level

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    Weather in the desert

    by ophiro Written Jun 2, 2005

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    During the night it can be very cold in the desert so i suggest that you will take some warm clothes with you if you want to be outside during the night.
    Also beware of snakes , scorpions and other good "friends"

    Sunny day at the beach

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    BeerSheba - Boring place

    by ophiro Written Jun 1, 2005

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    Beersheba is a very boring place - so hot , so primitive (to my opinion).
    You can come to Beersheba only if you want to stop on your way to Eilat or Masada but not to travel here.
    Every time i come to this place it is like the time stoped.

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    Beduin people near beersheba

    by ophiro Written Jun 1, 2005

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    Near Beersheba and on the way to Arad (and the dead sea) there are several beduin settlements like Hura , Kuseyfe , lakya and a few more.
    I am not saying that all of them are bad people but the youth is sometimes not very good people - the trying to take protection money from people who build their houses in Beersheba , omer , lehavim , some of them are driving without a driving license so dont try to argue with them on the road if they pass you on the road dangeoursly.
    Some of them are veru rude and impolite , they also put things on the road during the night that car will hit the thing they put (chair , washing machine and more) so Be careful !


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