When travelling to Israel…

Just sent this to a co-worker heading to Israel for a team meeting and found it might be useful to others…Jim is a large man, in stature and voice, and has been writing the documentation for Web tools 6.

  1. Be prepared for lots of talking. I mean more talking and “well of course” than you ever thought possible.
  2. Israeli’s are much more direct and get annoyed by passive aggressive Minnesotans. Don’t be offended if they yell at you for apparently no reason.
  3. Hebrew is difficult to read and listen to, don’t try unless you really need to.
  4. Make sure you try the hummous even if you don’t like it here. Try all the food you can actually.
  5. Make sure you try the olive oil and buy some to bring home.
  6. Wine is good too.
  7. All the taxis are small.
  8. Go to Jerusalem if you get the chance, cause really, you probably won’t go to Israel on vacation on your own.
  9. Women there are beautiful. Everyone looks like a hot Sarah Silverman. You’ll wonder if you’re in Brooklyn at times.
  10. Don’t pull a Paul *** and stay in your hotel room the whole time. The best thing you can do to get over the jet lag is walk around and explore.

And lastly, don’t be afraid. What you see on Faux News and CNN is way off. Tel Aviv and R’nana are very modern cities.  You’ll probably be 3 feet taller than everyone else and will look like the big dumb American you are, but they love Americans(obviously).

Plus, who’d mess with a 300 lb spell checker?

Israel 2007: Olives and Religion

In January of 2007 I went on a trip to Israel to meet with my SAP co-workers in Ra’anana. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra’anana) Ra’anana was about a 25-30 min cab ride from downtown Tel Aviv and was a very beautiful, very modern yet old looking city.

Incoming to Israel by flight
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We arrived at Ben Gurion Intl late at night taking a flight from Atlanta. It was just like any other airport I’d been in and there was no trouble finding the baggage claim. Our group consisted of Dan and Shawn, friends of mine I’d known for awhile, and Lisa and Klaus, the owners of Praxis Software the company I worked for from 2004 until 2006 when it was acquired by SAP. Also with us was Paul Selby, a member of the Business One product team, who had a home office in Oregon. Many of the members of the Business One product team were located in Israel, and most were development resources. Business One was originally an Israeli software product, and the German software megagiant SAP bought it back in the 90’s in an attempt to update their portfolio with an offering for small and medium sized businesses.

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