August 7-8, 2014
Initially, there were the obvious safety concerns. There are a lot of empty seats on the Tel Aviv flight because...the flight is only just unrestricted, and even more recently allowing non-revs. A cease fire was declared, but that didn't seem to convince anyone but me that I'd be safe.
So, I bailed and went to Dublin instead. Fantastic trip. You can read more about 24 hour adventure here.
When I got back to JFK after Dublin, I had a really tough time getting back in to Atlanta. So, I spent a lot of time trying to decide where to go next. I texted friends all over the country to see if anyone wanted a last-minute visitor, and found a few options. But Tel Aviv still lurked in the back of my mind. As I sat in the JFK SkyClub contemplating my next move, I struck up a conversation with the man sitting next to me. I can make small talk with a brick wall.
Where was he going? TEL AVIV. This was my sign, so I listed myself, told a few select people my new plans, and waited on my midnight flight to Israel.