After visiting the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth we stood around for a while waiting. I wasn’t sure exactly what was going on, but I took the opportunity to purchase my first Coke in Israel. Ahh. An awesome trip just got better. I always look forward to my first Coke whenever I visit another country.
I don’t know how this didn’t happen to me, because y’all know crazy things ALWAYS happen to me, but I’m very pleased to tell you that I was spared. I finally found out why we stood around a lot that first day in Nazareth. It seems about a quarter of our team was battling what we in Mexico called Montezuma’s revenge, not sure what it’s called in Israel. “I KNEW I should have packed the Imodium!” was all I kept thinking, but somehow it all passed (ha) and Jason and I never got the sickness.
So, much of the time we spent wondering around closed market places and waiting was for the poor souls looking for bathrooms…and toilet paper.
Oh the cheers that went up when a huge package of toilet paper was purchased and passed around.
I was so amazed at those tiny streets that looked much more like sidewalks to me, but no they were streets. I had no idea how, but you would find cars driving and parked every which way on these tiny pathways!
Here is a sight I was very familiar with in Mexico, but most Americans had probably not seen. It seems Americans think meat gets instantly from cows to teeny tiny packages in the grocery store; I know my kids do! Now you know why I like my meat well done! 😉
Oh the olives, aren’t the beautiful? To think I didn’t always love olives.
We walked and waited and walked and waited through the streets of Nazareth until we came to the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.
I am stunned that people could get this type of illness in Israel. This is not a third world country. I know there are bugs in Israel that our systems are not used to, but this sounds extreme. I would be crushed if I went on a once-in-a-lifetime trip like this and got sick. I’m glad you and your husband did not get sick. Did you take precautions?
You know it was the very first day of our tour so my thought was that the good folks from Nebraska brought it with them, but I don’t know…food poisoning? That is also hard to believe as the food was wonderful! I ate every meal like it was my last, no precautions. lol