(ed. note: Intrepid contributor ViciousPjuraHead is spending the summer in Italy and will be filing dispatches of a gaming or comic related nature, when he gets around to it.)
Moving on from Italy I decided to head to another country that begins with an I. ISRAEL!! Luckily I have some friends there who I had visited over Christmas and since I was already in the neighborhood I thought I’d take a little trip back to the Promised Land. Though this time, getting into the country was a little more difficult.
My first attempt was through Israir with an 11:55 PM flight. I got there two hours early as per international travel protocol but two hours wasn’t enough. If you’re heading to Israel, protocols state you have to arrive three hours early. Whoops. After an hour of trying to get on the plane while being asked a series of outlandish security questions I was told I would not be getting on this flight and to try again tomorrow. How outlandish, you ask? Well, it was to the point where security read my Facebook messages and looked at my bank account to make sure that I was in fact a public school teacher and not lying about my profession. The situation wasn’t helped when security noticed I told me friend that I would shave before the flight; This prompted a new round of questions about why I would want to shave.
I decide to go home and sleep at my friend’s house and try again the next day through El Al. I get there three-and-a-half hours early, just in time for the fun to really start. I get yanked out of line by security again, this time though I get the pleasure of a tiny room all to myself for the next three hours. I was told that my bags would not be allowed on board with me and that I would have to submit to a full body search. Naturally I just comply and don’t make a fuss because I have nothing to hide (ed note: yeah right). When all was said and done I was escorted to my seat with a few minutes to spare and and only after the seat-belt was around my waist did airport security leave my by myself. As you can imagine, a great experience.
Upon my arrival to Tel Aviv I was told to go to lost and found and file a missing luggage report. I was given a very nice tote bag with a shirt, shorts, socks and various toiletries (ed. note: Score!!). My luggage finally did arrive… two days before I was set to leave. All that nonsense aside, once in Israel my time I had a crazy, exhilarating, exhausting time. From floating in the Dead Sea, side trips to Acre & Jerusalem, and culminating with a Dark Knight Rises showing (which surprisingly had an intermission), Italy and Israel really knocked me on my ass. Though welcoming me home is none other than……..ACE FREHLEY. I LOVE YOU ACE!!!!
Enjoy the photos!!