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Staying fit when Traveling- Tel Aviv Fitness

Written by Hank Martin in Middle East

My body ached from the sort of tiredness that only 24 hours without sleep can bring. Before me the Mediterranean Sea swooshed into the sand and then receded. It was early morning and, even though the sun hadn’t risen yet, it was light out. The heat of day had yet to burn off the quiet of night, turn bodies out of bed and give them the energy of motion to transport themselves to the water’s edge or on to the work out equipment next to me. Locals come to these metal machines and push or pull their bodies against themselves. Resistance shapes them, designs their bodies according to their accord. When you get right down …

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Israel: A lesson in Religion

Written by Hank Martin in Middle East

The bus rumbles down the black topped freeway; skimming by in flashes of green fields, almond trees and compact cities the landscape constantly materializes and vanishes in a blur. “We have been called the 51st star on your flag” says the bus driver in ray bans and long white Nike socks beneath blue trousers. His hair, a gray prickly stub, is shaved short in an attempt to hide balding brought on by middle age. His forearms and hands are muscular, evidence of a life of hard-work. Keeping his eyes on the miles of freeway he says, “We want to be more like the west and less like the east.” The thought of creating a cultural …