Winter 2011 Trips – Spain and Israel

Yayyyy, finally the days are almost here to travel again. I guess, I am getting a bit spoiled by now by going to new places every month. Who wouldn’t? Its becoming a habit exploring a new country, new cities every few weeks now a days. Man, living in Europe totally rocks.

Anyways, Christmas holiday is almost here, about a week left. My daughter’s school will be closed from the 23rd of December. But luckily her holiday starts 2 days earlier than other kids. Since, it will be very cold up north, we are going down south during this season. South as in Spain. We will only visit 2 cities of Spain this time… Barcelona and Madrid. I am not really feeling anything about this trip, not excited, nor sad. Just happy that we will get out of the house and will live in hotel for 10 days 🙂 I guess, I shouldn’t say I am not excited at all. I am excited to see the Christmas and New Year in Spain. I’ve heard the winter decoration, Christmas markets are gorgeous in Spain, especially in Madrid and Barcelona. Also, I am excited about trying out some Spanish food…haven’t had any before. I am sure Mexican food tastes way different than Spanish food. Well, as I am writing this blog, I am getting very excited about this trip… now that I think about it, its a whole new country with new food, culture, places, and history, I don’t need anything more to get me rolling.

After coming back from Spain, we will be leaving for Israel within 2 days. Now, this trip is totally giving me a thrill. Seriously, I consider myself to be very lucky to be able to go to a country like Israel, which is the birthplace for 3 major monotheistic religions. It gives me goosebumps thinking that I will get to visit Jerusalem to see the birthday place of Jesus , Dome of the Rock, Masjid-ul-Aqsa (the 3rd holiest place for the Muslims after Mecca and Medina), Prophet David (AS)’s tomb and many other sites like these. For some reason, I am very excited about shopping in Israel… I think countries like these have unique things to offer, which are very unlikely to get anywhere else in the world. So, let’s see. Just one concern is that since Old City of Jerusalem is such an ancient city, I fear that it won’t be a kid/stroller friendly city. Hopefully my kids can enjoy as much as we do and make this journey easy for all of us.

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