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May 27, 2010

Lake Kinneret in the distance (taken last September), Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

Contrary to the photo taken above last September, I arrived in Israel in the dark.
上の写真は昨年九月に撮ったもので、実際イスラエルに到着した時には外は真っ暗でした。

This has actually been a trend for the last few foreign countries I have traveled to.
Thailand, India, and Sengal’s first impressions on me were engraved in the dark, surreal and a bit blurry, some amusing, some exhilarating, and some outright frightening.
実はここ数年の間に訪れた外国は到着時がいつも夜でした。
タイ、インド、セネガルの第一印象は暗闇の中で、全て非現実的でちょっぴりぼやけていて、愉快であったり、爽快だったり、ゾッとしたり。

A big wide smile greeted me on this second entrance to Israel and my spirits soared immediately. We made two stops on the way, first at a bourekas stand run by a beautiful blond Russian woman. She took one straight from the oven and graciously cut it in to pieces and filled the rest of the plate with olives, pickles, and a hard boiled egg. Next we stopped at a Arab bakery and picked up a couple baklavas and cookies for the next few days. The guys there were friendly and asked Yuval where I was from. Upon hearing I was from Japan, one of the guys said he’s always wanted to go but has only made it to China.
この二度目のイスラエルへの入国は、はちきれんばかりの彼の笑顔で迎えられ、一気に気分が明るくなりました。途中で二回寄り道をしましたが、まずはブレカスの屋台。店員さんは金髪美人のロシア人女性。オーブンから焼きたてをわざわざ取り出してくれ、あっという間にざくざくと切ってお皿に盛り、オリーブ、ピクルス、ゆで卵を手際良くのせてくれました。次にアラブ系のパン屋に寄り、バクラバ数個とクッキーを買いました。二人の店員さんが愛想良く、彼に私がどこ出身なのか聞いてきました。日本だとわかると、一人が前から行きたかったがまだ中国までしか行けてないとのこと。

I have a feeling these first impressions will stay with me for a long time, even if details eventually become a bit obscure.
これらの第一印象はしばらく忘れられないものなる気がします。詳細が多少ぼやけてしまっても。

Much Love,
Kaori

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