Israel Itinerary

This is my first Walking Walls post on this blog. Starting January 17, for the next 90 days, I’ll be writing about my adventures in Israel/Palestine, Cyprus, and Northern Ireland here, as well as posting photos, and, I’m sure, unrelated stuff too. But this is the inaugural post, the official first.

So I’m starting with a plan. A surprisingly specific one, and a schedule that’s bound to go to hell within a week or so, especially as more of the meetings I’m setting up are confirmed. Loyal readers will remember the farce that was my itinerary on the Iron Curtain Trail. But here it is anyway. In a month, it’ll be fun to compare the ideal with the actuality.

Day 1: Arrival, orientation

Day 2: Begin J’lem wall walk at the zoo

Day 3: Continue walk

Day 4: E. J’lem tour with Ir Amim, finish walk

Day 5: Begin J’lem West Bank walk

Day 6: Continue walk

Day 7: Finish walk

Day 8-10: Meetings (Just Vision, Palestinian contacts, etc)

Day 11: Visit Bi’lin

Day 12: Wall-to-Wall J’lem walk

Day 13: visit Qalqilya

Day 14: Qalqilya

Day 15: visit Bethlehem, meetings, walk to Jerusalem

Day 16: East Jerusalem, Palestinian housing

Day 17: Rest, catch-up, meetings

Day 18: Rest, catch-up, meetings

Day 19-24: Tel Aviv, meetings, maybe side trip to Beruit and Lebanon/Israel wall

Day 25: Return to J’lem

Day 26: J’lem meetings, visit Beit Safafa

Day 27: Visit Ari’el

Day 28: Ari’el, walk ‘the finger’

Day 29: Visit split soccer field at Tayba

Day 30: Tayba, return to J’lem

Days 31-35: buffer days, catch-up, final meetings, wrap-up

Day 36: Day 1 of Cyprus

So far I’ve had quite a bit of success networking and arranging meetings. I’m in touch with Peace Now, Just Vision, Ir Amim, and a handful of individuals ranging from Palestinians who live by the wall, to local journalists. But there are also A LOT of organizations that haven’t written back to me. Luckily, there are tons of groups and activists in the region and either way, I’m sure I’ll have my hands full. Plus, I’m getting really, really good at these emails.

The next few days will be a whirlwind of last-minute preparations, errands, packing, and soaking up as much of Vienna as possible. This project has been in the works in various incarnations for 16 months now and I’m stoked to get underway.

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About ktrenerry

I am inspired by human-powered, intentional travel and borderlands of all types: international, neighborhood boundaries, and especially the heavily disputed. My work often seeks to combine these two themes, resulting in projects that have taken me more than 1,000 miles down the Iron Curtain Trail by bike, and around and through some of today’s most notorious walls in Israel/Palestine, Cyprus, and Northern Ireland on foot. The latter journey was undertaken as part of my current independent project, Walking Walls. I am creating a book as the culmination of the project, forthcoming 2014.   I am currently living in Boston.

One response to “Israel Itinerary”

  1. MT says :

    You are amazing!

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