Thursday was a very odd travel day. Combining the late departure on Wednesday, the fourteen hours in the air and the ten hour time change, we essentially traveled for the whole day.
I got restless on the flight. I read my book [Jesus outside the New Testament] and tried to sleep. Oura said that I was in bed for 5 1/2 hours, but gave me a sleep score of 16 and said that I didn't sleep at all. I felt like I dozed lightly for two or three hours.
We were on the ground on schedule at 8 pm. A Viking representative met us just before Passport Control. She led us through the process; it felt like we were jumping past hundreds of people. It was a blessing compared to the fiasco in Chicago coming back from Scotland.
It took a while for the luggage to show up. After collecting the bags, the Viking Representative led us to a taxi. It was about a forty-five minute drive from the Ben Gurion Airport to Jersalem. My only regret was that it was pitch dark. I would have liked to have seen the countryside. We got to the hotel about 9:45 pm.
We are staying four nights at the American Colony Hotel. We have a giant junior suite with a balcony.
The Gainsleys landed about 4:45 pm and were already at hotel. They had crashed by the time we got into our room. The Gainsleys said that their room has a lot of street noise, but our room is in the back of hotel and very quiet.
We crashed about 10:30 pm. In spite of the time change, we feel asleep quickly.
Random Note. This is our first Viking trip. I am really impressed with how they handled us on the first day!