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Wednesday, April 8, 1998
Jerusalem to Akko, Israel
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Akko, Israel:
Latitude: 32° 55' 8" North
Longitude: 35° 4' 6" East
Altitude: 28 feet
From Seattle: 8311 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Paul's

Today's Travel:
Country: Israel
Regions: West Bank, Acre
Route: Train: Jerusalem - Tel Aviv - Haifa - Akko
Start: Jerusalem
Stop 1. Tel Aviv
End:Akko, Israel
Linear:105 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 363
Linear Dist: 97141
Countries Visited: 31
Regions Visited: 116
More stats...
Hotels: 76
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 38
Hostels: 119
Transit: 32
Beers: 1464

Journal Entry:
Packed up and got out of the old town. I wasn't sure if I should go to Tiberias via the bus, or take the train to Akko. The train station's proximity and my dislike of busses made my choice. So I made my way to Jerusalem's train station. Not quite what I expected, it's just a platform and a small snack shop, not even a ticket window - doesn't quite compare to the train stations of Europe. Obviously there was no place to leave my pack, so I sat in the sun and read for a couple hours waiting for the train.

The train ride was a pleasant surprise. It was stunningly beautiful, especially the first hour out of Jerusalem (which is easily in the top three most beautiful train rides I've been on). After getting to Akko (via Tel Aviv and Haifa) I hiked to the old town (about 45 minutes). The biggest diappointment was missing the sunset, which looked great judging from the color I glimpsed between the buildings of New Akko (It would have been my first over water sunset since italy in October).

Old Akko is a wonderful village that has the same feeling as Jerusalem architechture wise, but without the crowds and with at least a taste of the standard Arab hospitality.

Had a minor relaps into fever and coughing which I'm blaming on the hike from the train station. This brings the realization that if I want to get better I'm going to have to skip diving the ruins at Caesarea and bike riding around the Sea of Galilee, two of the things I really wanted to do in Israel.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Haifa
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Israel and the Occupied Territories
CIA World Fact Book: Israel

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