Have you guessed yet ?? No. It’s not Japan !!
I am Ralph. Nothing is simple.
I was thinking of visiting the USA for my summer holiday which would have been too much for me. I always wanted to visit Israel especially Jerusalem. I am really drawn to go there. So I decided to go for it. 2 weeks in July !!
So I spent most of yesterday looking for flights and a hotel package. Easy !!??!!
I chose this hotel (building with arches, top right of the photo)……..
…….. because it sits on the Mount of Olives with a fantastic view of Jerusalem City one way and Bethlehem the other. It’s cheap because it’s a bit old and a bit run down (like me), but has wifi in the lobby, they feed me breakfast, the staff are great and I will sleep in a single bedroom.
At night ( hotel lit up, top centre)
Dome on the rock (left). Hotel (right)
And then I found this …….. gulp !! A earthquake fault line right through my bedroom !!
Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Oh Boy !!!
Easy !! Malaga to Tel Aviv direct !! Nope !!
What I wanted.
Some of the choices. The longest, via Sweden ….. what !! ….. had no extra payment.
The one I chose (in yellow), via Rome, was quicker, but cost me an extra €100. I will arrive in my hotel at 5am in the morning the following day. Oh boy !!
It was well in the evening when I had finally finished the booking on the internet.
Hotel…..check ! Flights…..check ! Credit card……check !!
Press….. Complete Your Booking……..
Sorry, there is a problem with your credit card. Please try another or contact your card issuer (in other words, why bother us when your credit card is totally useless Ralph)
Oh boy !!
I rechecked 3 times and pressed Complete…….
Hehe !! Your card bounced again and again and again ! This is fun !!
I phoned my card issuer and pressed buttons, waited, listened to “I’ve got you under my skin”, waited, waited and eventually ……
Human contact !!
Please give me details of this, that and the other, cat’s ages, mother’s birthday, last time you banged your head against the wall…..and so on. What’s your problem sir ???
I can’t pay for my holiday. Why ???
So sorry sir, the bank’s computer is down !!
Oh boy !!
He did phone me back and I managed to complete my booking.
Hoo *blooming* ray !!
I’m going on holiday for 2 weeks in July to Jerusalem. I will be taking my laptop and will post while I’m there. Don’t expect a travel post because this is Ralph’s blog and anything can and will happen. You can bank on that !!
Ralph xox 🙂
(credits: Thank you Mr Google and contributors for the photos and maps)
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