We just got back last night, and we had a wonderful visit in Israel, 8-15 August. We were in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and every day was great!
We are two women in our 30s, traveling on our own, one speaks no Hebrew, the other has the Hebrew skills of a 5-year-old, neither of us had been back to Israel for about 10 years. We felt completely safe at all times (except for fear of pickpockets in the shuks), and had nothing but GREAT experiences.
I had been so demoralized and terrorized from the fear of my friends, family and colleagues, that I was crying and ready to cancel the day before we left. Luckily, my partner never had one molecule, atom or iota of worry about the trip, and she was 100% right! I was never so happy to be wrong.
Of course, I will post a detailed trip report about our adventures.
The bottom line is DO NOT CANCEL! Go to Israel, bring cash, sunscreen, a hat and a travel alarm clock.
I'm happy to be home safely, but not happy to be home!
P.S. Why is the word for group taxi vans "sherut", and the word for washroom "sherutim"? Are they grammatically related? Wouldn't "sherutim" mean "many group taxi vans"? Or does sherut really mean "single toilet"? (This made us laugh) Thanks!