My year in travel – Part 1

First out is the Middle East –  What started off with a minor passport incident at Copenhagen Airport – I was almost denied to check in as I had a passport vaild for less than six months, but with some charm and a massive spurt through security and terminal 2 we made it just in time to “Final Call” – ended with some lovely memories of two countries filled with love, warm people and amazing food, but also some devastating insights into the effects of living in a conflict area.

ISRAEL – Who would have thought that partying in Tel Aviv, exploring the issue with gender-based violence, swim in the Red Sea, staring at the Wall with tears in my eyes and observing the Jewish Orthodox community in Jerusalem could all be combined in a two-week long trip?

Man walking on beach in Tel Aviv, Israel

Man walking on beach in Tel Aviv, Israel

Café in Tel Aviv

Café in Tel Aviv

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Olives served at an Arab-Israeli restaurant outside of Jerusalem

Olives served at an Arab-Israeli restaurant outside of Jerusalem

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Female soldiers dancing on square at the outskirts of the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel

Female soldiers dancing on square at the outskirts of the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel

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Orthodox Jew with daughter on Friday afternoon in the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel

Orthodox Jew with daughter on Friday afternoon in the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel

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Spices, Mahane Yehuda Market, also known as The Shuk, in Jerusalem, Israel

Spices, Mahane Yehuda Market, also known as The Shuk, in Jerusalem, Israel

Sitting on a toy giraffe in Eilat, Israel

Sitting on a toy giraffe in Eilat, Israel

PALESTINE  – Together with Sophie, who has taken some amazing photos from this trip, I visited Bethlehem without giving a toss about visiting Jesus’ birthplace. We had more important issues to address like tasting Arabic desserts, observe the West Bank barrier with a sickening feeling in my stomach, and interview Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre Wi’am.

Fence after crossing border between Israel and PalestinePhoto: Sophie Göst

Fence after crossing border between Israel and Palestine
Photo: Sophie Göst

Graffiti on the West Bank Barrier, which is over 700 kilometre long and runs between Israel and the West Bank

Graffiti on the West Bank Barrier, which is over 700 kilometre long and runs between Israel and the West Bank

Part of the wallPhoto: Sophie Göst

Part of the wall
Photo: Sophie Göst

Sitting in a café watching Libanese music videosPhoto: Sophie Göst

Sitting in a café watching Lebanese music videos.
 Photo: Sophie Göst

A part of the West Bank barrier in Bethlehem

A part of the West Bank barrier in Bethlehem

Man selling Arabic dessert in Bethlehem on the West Bank

Man selling Arabic dessert in Bethlehem on the West Bank

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