Ein Gedi, Israel

We travelled through the desert, past wild flowers, palm groves, Lot’s wife and Mt Sodom, from the Red Sea to the Dead, with the Med still to come. A barefoot youth toting a machine gun wandered by.

We visited Masada, King Herod’s mountaintop fort.

We’re staying in Ein Gedi Kibbutz for a few days in a room which used to be a kibbutznik’s house. It has a view of  Wadi Arugot on one side, and the Dead Sea, backed by Jordan’s mountains on the other.

The Plot 

Devilishly dashing Mick is my mentor. He’s on his third gap year. He is also my accomplice in rut avoidance.

I gathered long service leave, leave without pay and all of my savings for a year of consumption without production. My goals are to tick off bucket list destinations, and to enjoy my small but trusty band of loved ones.

So far, I’ve caught up with friends and family, and witnessed my last baby entering the adult world of university.

I hope to follow this route first.


Later in the year, I might mop up my personal world map thus.