The poverty is abundant and obvious, and it is one of the only ubiquitous things I found there. There are substantial cultural differences between different cities, which every Palestinian is happy to describe if you ask them, and this includes political and religious variations. Ramallah seems to be the most religiously intense place, while Hebron (Khalil) seems to be the most politically charged.
It was an interesting experience to visit the tombs of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but my favorite site was the 9000 year old fortification tower at Jericho, the oldest known defensive construction in the world.
I would like to write more about this, but I need some more time to process everything. It is an intense place.
Alas, I remain in good spirits and health. My feet have seen better days, but I feel great and have a awesome tan. I leave Israel tomorrow with my small bag, and after a few days rest in Europe, I will be back in NYC. Check back in about a week when I will upload some pictures with some lengthy analysis of the whole trip.