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  1. J

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    Really? I would have thought more, especially based on some of the reaction I'm reading about on Israeli news sites. My bad.
  2. J

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    I suppose, but it still seems extreme. And considering how much of their economy is based on tourism, you have to question how much damage they're prepared to do to that for the sake of being pro-active.
  3. J

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    You might want to hold off on that. Israel is taking an extraordinarily hardline approach to coronavirus. They've essentially banned tourists from 6 European countries so far as well as a similar number of Asian ones unless they can "self-quarantine" for 14 days. And as many as 100,000...
  4. J

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    I didn't even contemplate going for a swim back then. My traveling companion had done it during a prior trip, and he said the sliminess is nasty, it's difficult to rinse off, and you might even need to sacrifice your swimming togs. I stepped into the water at the shoreline to see how slimy it...
  5. J

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    Reminds me of when I was at Masada 30 years ago. You couldn't walk up the Roman ramp back then. You had the choice of the cable car or the "Snake Trail." My friend and I decided to hike the Snake Trail to the top, but we didn't feel like getting up before sunrise to do it - as was strongly...
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