From September 1997 to June 1998, a team of cyclists circled the Mediterranean, visiting cultural sites and schools, meeting local people, and writing reports of their visits. In January, the team visited Jerusalem and Israel, then split into smaller teams to visit Cyprus (Corinne and andrEa), Jordan (Anthony, Padraic, and Ethan), Lebanon (Ethan and Padraic), and Syria (Anthony). Click on a date to view the complete report submitted for that day. The towns and cities the team visited and a brief list of key topics covered in the report are shown for each date. Dates are listed in the form MM/DD/YY.
|01/12/98||Jerusalem||fat (food), battlefields from 1947-48 War for Independence, group reunification, rare Israeli snow storm, geography|
|01/13/98||Jerusalem||humus (food), Temple Mount, Mount Moriah, Dome of the Rock, Herod, Jerusalem, HISTORY, Crusades, Hadrian, Alexander the Great, Ottoman Empire, Diaspora|
|01/14/98||Jerusalem||labaneh (food), Benny and Esther van Vlymen (People of the Day), Jerusalem by ofnayim/bike, Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum), Cinematheque, metal monies and symbols|
|01/15/98||Jerusalem||education/arts, Arab/Israeli exchange, social change organizations, "Healing the World"|
|01/17/98||Tel Aviv-Yafo||pomelo (food), shabbat, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, HISTORY, Jerusalem for Bikes, Tel Aviv for Bikers, Challenge Ride|
|01/18/98||Tel Aviv-Yafo||bagel (food), military history, military service, bicycle advocacy, Diaspora|
|Green Line, cornflakes (food), Givat Haviva, equality and understanding|
|01/20/98||Haifa||bamba (food), friendship, peaceful coexistence, Caesarea Roman Amphitheater & Crusader City|
|01/22/98||Haifa||kebabs (food), 'Akko (Acre), Ptolomy, Crusades, History, "making Aliya", Mt. Carmel, Baha'ism|
The riders split into smaller groups due to travel restrictions and in order to cover more of the region. They reunited in Turkey before continuing on to Greece. For this section of the trip:
|01/24/98||Limassol (Lesmosos)||CYPRUS (Corinne & andrEa): car accident, pain, frustration|
|01/24/98||Irbid||JORDAN (Anthony, Ethan, & Padraic): border crossing, Dead Sea, Jordan River Valley, Jericho|
|Nicosia (Lefkosia)||CYPRUS (Corinne & andrEa): politics, Amnesty International, Greek vocabulary|
|01/25/98||Irbid||JORDAN (Anthony, Ethan, & Padraic): Amman, visas, the Palestinian Question, King Hussein, HISTORY, Beirut (Lebanon) first impressions|
|01/28/98||Beirut||LEBANON (Ethan & Padraic): Amman (Jordan), visas, Irbid (Jordan), the Palestinian Question, King Hussein, HISTORY, Beirut first impressions|
|01/28/98||Bosra||SYRIA (Anthony): border crossing, Arthur James Balfour, Crusades, citadel, amphitheatre|
|01/29/98||Beirut||LEBANON (Ethan, & Padraic): Leila Mouammar (Person of the Day), Beirut (reconstruction, Hamra), Civil War, war, HISTORY, Eid el-Futr party|
|01/29/98||Paphos||CYPRUS (Corinne & andrEa): wildlife, bike safety, diving|
|01/31/98||Beirut||LEBANON (Ethan, & Padraic): mana-eesh (food), social life, Lebanese civil war, Palestinian refugees, history, recreation|
|01/31/98||Damascus||SYRIA (Anthony): Ramadan, Omayyids, Islam, souqs, daily life, alphabets, Turkish bath|
|Cyprus, Lebanon, & Syria Itineraries Continue in February|
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