Friday, June 1, 2012

Day 1: Rest and Preparation

After a 24 hour journey, we arrived at the kibbutz last night around 9:30 p.m.  Our flights were easy and did not involve too many surprises.  Security for flights to Israel are a bit elevated.  In addition to the normal TSA scan, flights to Israel involve a bag search at the gate along with a hand-held metal-detector scan.  Also, 30 minutes before landing, all passengers are required to stay in their (by order of the Israel Defense Leave).  Our pilot told us if anyone got out of their seat and tried to move around during this time, the plane would divert to Cyprus.

Flying over Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean
The only setback was our bus arriving at the airport a little over an hour late to take us to the kibbutz (a further two hours drive).  When we arrived at the kibbutz we took showers, grabbed a quick meal, and headed to bed.

Today has been a blur of activity.  After breakfast, six of us helped pick up all of the dig lab equipment from storage with the dig administrator, Miki Golan.  We set up as much as possible before our dig orientation where we introduced ourselves to one another and learned about different facets of the dig.

Loading Miki's trailer
We then rested for a couple of hours and headed to the Sea of Galilee for a swim.  That brings us to the present.  Those of us considered field staff are having a meeting at 6:30 p.m. to go over aspects of the dig specfic to us.  I may add a short update tonight or tomorrow.  Thanks for reading!