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Retained in Eilat during the Sabbath

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Upon entering Israel I discovered that the Sabbath It really starts on Friday afternoons. It was three in the afternoon and at the Eliat station, no coach left. I intended that night to sleep in Jerusalem and I had no choice but to stay in Eliat that night. Although it seems incomprehensible, on Saturday, a coach was leaving for Jerusalem at 4:30 in the afternoon. The country stops working on Friday afternoons and puts the batteries back when the sun disappears on Saturdays.


I took a shower and started to visit Eilat. At the border with Jordan and Egypt, Eilat has everything a border city should have: mega hotels, exchange houses, casinos and some hostess houses. However, it still has a nice walk with shops and some beach. A lot of Israelis, Russian tourists and from the Arab Emirates walk the streets and show off on the beach in what appears to be a usual tourist destination.

The bad thing about arriving on a Friday or Saturday is that almost everything is closed. After spinning uselessly to spend the hours I decided to get into one of the franchises most international in the world: The Paddy's; an irish pub that was waiting for me with a good pint of Guinness and a strange mix of live music with Russian grandparents dancing to Georgie Dann… Without words.

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