Saturday, May 30, 2009
Holy Land Pilgrimage May 4-15, 2009 Part I
8 months earlier...on the telephone
Mom: Hi Simi, dad and I are going to Israel next March.
Simone: Okay, have fun!
Mom: Hi Nicki, dad and I are gong to Israel next March.
Nicole: What?! Take me!!!
Nicole: Hi Dad! Take me to Israel with you and Mom!
Dad: Okay habibi, whatever you want!
Nicole: Guess what? I'm going to Israel with mom and dad!
Simone: What?! I'm not going to let you go ALONE to the Holy Land!
Simone: Nicole and I are going with you and dad.
And this is *exactly* how I get taken on trips. I never ask, it just happens via one little sister.
So instead of going in March, my parents changed the trip to a pilgrimage departing in May. My finals ended on Friday. I flew out Saturday to meet my family and our pilgrimage group in Chicago, the departing destination.