Last thoughts on my Israel business trip

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I got back in from Israel last Friday and immediately took a well deserved nap. It was again a very successful time spent even though the World Cup match was the evening of the meeting so we had about half the normal attendees. The good news is I had meetings individually for three days before with some time to do some more exploring, and eating, and Wednesday and Thursday were wall to wall from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. I headed to the airport for the normal 2.5 hours it takes to get through three layers of security and had no problems making my midnight flight to New York. I have been busy since playing a bit of catch up and corresponding with Israelis but I though a few final thoughts were worth sharing.

Israeli Construction: There is no place on earth other than maybe China where you see this amount of construction going on. The high rises in Tel Aviv and surrounding cities have more cranes than I have ever seen. The road system and infrastructure is an amazing sight. We all should like such growth and a starting price of $1 million for a condo.

The Food: Last year and this year I have posted about the food but I haven't mention an Israeli breakfast buffet. At the Intercontinental David the spread is amazing, the fruits and vegetables about the best I have ever tasted, and the eggs farm fresh. Honestly you really don't need to eat another meal during the day after this. I did anyway. My compliments to their wine industry. Even at the hotel a $8.50 glass of Israeli Cab is a delight. My compliments also to this hotel which is on the Mediterranean Sea and a short walk to Jaffa, I recommend it highly if you are going to visit.

The Israeli People: I know that I don't have to tell this audience how important it is to get out of this country and experience other cultures. Remember that the Jewish people gave us the 6 day work week in a seven day world because they wouldn't work on the Sabbath. They have a lot to teach us as all other countries and their citizens do. They also have much with us in common and when it comes to US real estate they are great believers.

The Bottom Line: I will be going back next year and keep going back as long as I have real estate to sell. There are other areas of Israel I haven't seen and despite the small size of the country there is history everywhere. From Masada to King Herod the Great's palace ruinsd, from the religious shrines in jerusalem to the wine country, and from the Bauhaus architecture on Rothchild Avenue to the flea market in Jaffa so much awaits. This is a great people in a great country and yes, they have their problems and faults, but then again, so do we, it's human nature.

 

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
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Joe lots of interesting thoughts on your trip to Israel. There is a lot to learn from other cultures and countries way of thinking and doing things. Glad to hear your trip was very successful!

Jul 16, 2018 02:29 PM #1
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Joe Pryor - I learned a lot because of you! What a wonderful and down-to-earth life-time experience to share! I'm glad you're back home and that you had a very uplifting and fulfilling life experience that most could never have!

Thanks, Joe!

Jul 16, 2018 03:05 PM #2
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Good evening Joe Pryor

Thank you for all your thoughts on your trip to Israel. There is so much to learn from other cultures. We stayed in the King David Hotel and were in awe with all the celebrations going on. We crossed into Bethlehem from Har Gilo and was such an exciting experience! I have nothing but fond memories of everything we saw and experienced..loved floating in the Dead Sea at Isrotel Ganim! So much to see so little time!

Jul 16, 2018 04:15 PM #3
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Hello Joe Pryor Israel has many historical very nice places to visit, and offers delicious food. Glad you enjoyed the visit to Israel. Thanks for the comment.

Jul 16, 2018 04:18 PM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Joe - I am glad you were able to make this journey, and get as much out of it as you did.  World travel enlightens us in ways we cannot achieve sitting at home.

Jul 16, 2018 04:55 PM #5
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This is happening all over the world as many 2nd and 3rd world countries come into the 21st century

Jul 16, 2018 06:32 PM #6
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Yeah, you should see the construction happening in Viet Nam, too. My husband has been to Israel and almost did not get out. For him, it was a tough place to visit. I would like to go there with him, though.

Jul 16, 2018 06:40 PM #7
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Morning Joe.

Good to hear you made it back.  Never given much thought on visiting Israel.  With all the great things you wrote about I may consider it for my bucket list

Jul 17, 2018 02:14 AM #8
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Good morning again Joe. I was blown away in Israel. The people are strong, courageous, and are about living the best and kindest life they can.

Jul 17, 2018 08:10 AM #9
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I think Israel would be a wonderful place to visit, I am glad you had a successful trip and I can imagine that you needed a good nap when you got home.

Jul 17, 2018 10:50 AM #10
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Joe,

Well, you have made up my mind and no doubt we will go and visit our cousin in Tel Aviv.  A

Jul 17, 2018 11:40 AM #11
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Joe, loved reading all of this. My brother-in-law who is a Rabbi goes frequently and it sounds so very beautiful. Haven't had it on my bucket list til I heard him talk about it. 

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Jul 17, 2018 09:54 PM #12
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much, Joe, for telling us about this trip. 

It has been many years since we visited Israel. It was a wonderful experience.

Jul 18, 2018 05:45 AM #13
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Another successful trip and glad you plan to keep goigng back and doing what is working in your business. 

Jul 19, 2018 12:07 AM #14
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Sounds like an interesting trip. Your description of breakfast made me hungry :)

Jul 19, 2018 06:06 AM #15
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Hey there, Joe. I need to take some time to read each of your posts from your recent trip. Israel sounds so fascinating.   You have the right attitude to make a visit to anywhere, a delight. 

Jul 20, 2018 06:59 AM #16
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Hi Joe,
I've been gone and missed your posts on Israel.  I am very interested in going back and reading them.  Of all the international traveling I have done, Israel is the one place I'd like to go back to.  Yes, it's a small country. We spent 3 weeks there, traveled all over the country (north, south, east and west) and still needed much more time.  It is a fascinating place geographically and culturally.  Thank you for your post.

Jul 22, 2018 02:06 PM #17
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It's been interesting to see this part of the world through your eyes.  I have learned a lot.

Aug 05, 2018 12:36 PM #18
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I too, can vouch for the Intercontinental David, as a fabulous place for breakfast buffet!

Aug 07, 2018 12:28 PM #19
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I love Israel.... and the breakfasts are incredible.  Israel has become ground zero for Vegans these days (and I love it anyway). I've stayed at the Intercontinental Jerusalem, but not Tel Aviv (it hadn't been built, last time I was there)...

Amazing country, amazing people.

Aug 15, 2018 06:41 PM #20
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