A trip to the Dead Sea today. When you get out the heavy minerals stay on your skin until you can take a proper shower, burning you. When you are American in Israel, everyone knows it. Driving to the Dead Sea, you have to pass through the West Bank and at checkpoints, the soldiers take one look and wave you through. So, will I wash myself of Israel's problems when I return home? People here are so laid back that it's hard to believe a war is about to start. It will be weird to follow it from afar.