Amanda | LVV Travel

Amanda is an Aussie backpacker who loves adventure, waterfalls and everything outdoors. Together with her husband, Daniel, they have been travelling the world for over two years and run LVV Travel. They share travel and backpacking guides and aim to help backpackers travel adventurously and sustainably.

16 Comments

  1. Cristina
    27 May 2018 @ 4:22 pm

    THIS. Before I moved to Israel with my Israeli boyfriend, I thought exactly the same! And yes, 75% of the Israelis you meet abroad are rude AF, also partly cuz some of them are shy to speak English (though that’s far from the main reason). And yes, we are basically forced to take sides and I also did that before I moved there but now that I’ve met both (Jewish) Israelis and Palestinians, I feel like taking sides is impossible in this situation.

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      27 May 2018 @ 10:59 pm

      Thanks Cristina. How long have you been living in Israel and where are you living?

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  2. Amy Fujimoto
    27 May 2018 @ 8:47 am

    Wow, I really like how deep you get into the core of what’s happening. Thank you for letting us see it from your eyes.

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  3. Anna
    27 May 2018 @ 3:28 am

    It’s true. Nothing is ever black and white. It’s brave that you have openly written about this and stated your view. I am, however, very pro-Palestine and hence, for the time being, couldn’t travel to Israel. Israel continues to build and expand its settlements even though they are illegal according to the international law. This, to me, is unacceptable.

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      27 May 2018 @ 1:18 pm

      Hey Anna. Thanks for your comment. I can totally understand your perspective and I agree with you that Israel expanding its settlements is unacceptable. But at the same time, I completely disagree with a lot of decisions coming from both sides like Hamas rejecting aid from Israel. I ‘d also love to know where all the foreign aid funds go. My Palestinian friend told me that a very popular charity filmed around his village to ask for donations and he has never seen them or any of the supposed funds since. I also find the anti-semitic stance through a lot of the Middle East also completely unacceptable and while that continues to foster and exist, there isn’t going to be a peaceful solution. So this ultimately reflects how I really can’t settle with being pro- either side because I disagree with most of the things going on.

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  4. Sarah
    27 May 2018 @ 3:25 am

    I appreciate your openness about your thoughts on traveling in this region. It’s interesting to me that you say your perspective or bias going in was Israel is the bad guy because coming from the US I think it’s the opposite. Obviously I agree that the situation is complicated and if you don’t know enough about it it’s important not to “pick a side.” And it’s great to go into a new place with an open mind to learning more. But at some point I think we as global citizens (and travelers) must eventually learn enough and have an opinion. Because otherwise things may never change.

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      27 May 2018 @ 1:01 pm

      Yeah, I think with the number of Jews in the US and the USA’s relationship with Israeli makes bias from that side quite different. Although Australia tends to kiss the USA’s butt and follow along with things, I think our media tends to be quite pro-Palestine. While I agree that we should have an opinion and a view on things, I don’t think that necessarily means declaring a winner in a situation like this. What I would love is for Israel and Palestine to sign a peace agreement, Israel to remove all military occupation and for both states to guarantee the fair and equal treatment and opportunities for Israelis in Palestine and Palestinians in Israel. The only side I’m really on is the side that ends the conflict and prevents more innocent people from dying. I could be totally wrong but in my view, if the global spotlight was taken off the situation and all these other nations weren’t picking sides, perhaps resolve would come sooner.

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  5. Mexico Cassie
    26 May 2018 @ 10:32 pm

    Thank you for writing something so thoughtful and honest. I have spent a lot of time in that part of the world and have an MA in Israeli Studies. What you wrote resonates with me and honestly, what I’ve learned as an adult, more than I ever learned in my MA: people are people everywhere in the world. Most people just want peace and to be able to give their families the best they can. Then we have a few less good people who ruin it for everyone by stirring things up and with dogmatic views.

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      27 May 2018 @ 1:20 pm

      Hey Cassie, thanks for your comment. Absolutely – the majority really just want access to all of the basic human rights we should all be afforded. I feel that pride and greed is big problem at the heart of it. I’m interested to know about what you found in Israeli Studies – did you find that your course was quite biased towards Israel?

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      • Mexico Cassie
        27 May 2018 @ 9:04 pm

        No. I didn’t find the course biased towards Israel. It bothers me that that is your question, surely that is a knee jerk reaction that you were trying to avoid with this article?

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        • Amanda | LVV Travel
          27 May 2018 @ 11:10 pm

          I’m so sorry, I realise how that reads now and that’s totally not what I meant. That came from a place of genuine curiosity as I am curious to know how history etc is taught around the world (not just relating to Israel). I am always interested to know if and how courses around the world (relating to politics and history particularly) are skewed and if they tend to lean a certain way. I am particularly if the country it has been taught in was involved in any way and I know you’re from the UK so assumed you studied there too. Sorry, didn’t mean to upset you.

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          • Mexico Cassie
            28 May 2018 @ 4:24 am

            Thanks. Yeah it can be a touchy subject but I studied in a very left wing, first class British university so no, no biases. It was a very interesting course. Only four of us on it. We chose our own modules so we all probably ended up doing different things but no, no bias I’d say. It was an MA not an evening class with an agenda. The point of tertiary education is to open minds and have meaningful academic exploration not entrench in one view point.

  6. Maya
    26 May 2018 @ 1:43 pm

    I loved your thoughts and description of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It is so true that there is no villain/hero in such a complex situation. I also believe that not just the government is to blame but also the extremists in both sides. Hope somehow, sometime in the future this conflict will end and both sides would benefit so much from it.

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      27 May 2018 @ 12:49 pm

      Yes – an isn’t it so unfortunate that the extremists get all the media attention – not just here but all around the world. It’s a sad fact but we often allow extremists to represent entire populations when in reality, they only represent the views of the minority.

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  7. Viola
    26 May 2018 @ 12:25 pm

    Wow really interesting to hear your experience. Truly there are no winners in wars and the situation is rarely black and white.

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