Two nights ago we camped at an organic Date farm. The camp is run by a 'Kibbutz' which is an ideal that closely resembles communism. They are communities of people often based around agriculture working toward contributing back to their small community. In a Kibbutz there is no individual pay or salary, rather one pocket where money is distributed equally or where needed.
Essential steps to enjoying the Dead Sea. Step One: Float in the sea (don't get the water in your eyes or you'll be blind for 5 minutes). Step Two: Get the full Dead Sea mud treatment. Step Three: Wash it off in one of the natural springs nearby.
Guns are a part of life in Israel, normally I would be intimidated and scared of soldiers with guns but here it's when the Israeli's feel safest. When I asked this soldier to take her picture she smiled, checked her hair and adjusted her gun.