I opted to stay in Jerusalem at a hostel. The Abraham Hostel was a place I visited on my first trip, as it was the departing point for two tours I took. I rented a private room, and stayed for 8 nights. It was very simple, but full of life. The room looked like a dorm room (Julie said it looked like a convent room), there was a huge kitchen, bar, and common area. The common area was filled with people throughout the day and night. There was much activity in the evening. Breakfast was free every morning. Simple fare, but it did the trick. You were expected to wash your own dishes. Ok, that worked. I’ll probably stay there again. It met all my needs, and the price was pretty much unbelievably reasonable. I loved it. Easy access to everything.
My three days in Haifa are completely different. I am staying at a luxurious boutique hotel in the German Colony, – a hotel that dates back to the British Mandate. The Colony Hotel has tile floors, marble bathroom floor, a balcony to the street, every bit of the hotel is beautiful. The room comes with free breakfast – a spread as good as any I have had in Israel, in a beautiful dining room. It is simply luxurious, yet still even without the negotiated rate from the Friends Forever partner school, very reasonably priced. I am very glad I am staying here. I am equally glad, I stayed first at the hostel. I am sure when I am at Hayarkon 48 hostel in Tel Aviv-Yafo, that it will be back to simplicity. But I’m equally confident that the location a block from the beach will more than make up for it.
Ok, back to enjoying a slow Saturday.