Yup on Terra Israeli for the first time ever. Our flights were completely uneventful. We took a one-stop itinerary from Albuquerque to San Francisco - a 3 hour layover - and then a 14 hour shot right into Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is a 10 hour time difference from San Francisco. So with the 14 hour flight you end up arriving exactly the same time you left, just a day later. Kind of weird actually.
"Hello their beautiful"
"What to spend a few weeks with me in the Eastern Med?"
"Well sure, I'm married to you. So why not?"
When you fly to Europe you usually have a flight from the US hub of about 8 to 9 hours. When you hear 14 hours it doesn't sound all that much more. But when you think about it, that is around 50 to 60% more flying. Seems like you are in the plane forever.
Finally making our way in!
I totally expected going through passport control and all would have been an ordeal but we were basically the only flight coming in at that time. As we were first off the plane we were first through the line. Also our flight got in early. The ATM's that we found required some kind of SMS code. So that didn't work. I had bought local currency in SF before we left so I had enough to get the taxi into the city. All that went very smooth. Got to and into the house (an Airbnb) without any issues.
It was very late by this time. We'd done a pretty good job of managing our sleep by only sleeping around 5 hours on the plane so we could go to sleep without problems once we got here. Now we need to get out, find some cash, get some food, get our bearings and start exploring.