Birthright Israel 2018 (Part 2) #taglit

After part 1 of this series of blog posts you were probably wondering, “Ok, so what did you actually do in Israel?”. A few months later and I will finally tell you about the trip! After reflecting on the experience and trying to remember all of the details I have decided to share the highlights of the trip.

One of the really great things about at trip like this is that you make about 45 new friends that you never would have met before, and you all have a lose definition of a shared culture. Another great thing about this trip was that I already had someone that I knew to share this experience with. That could have isolated us from the rest of the group, but for us it gave us the strength to join in with 40 other people we didn’t know.

Obviously exhausted from the 13 hour plane ride. LAX—-> Tel Aviv.

Obviously exhausted from the 13 hour plane ride. LAX—-> Tel Aviv.

So we landed at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. That 13 hour flight was no joke, and honestly I slept most of the way there, sorry Michelle! We then proceeded to get our luggage and head to our bus. We were all exhausted and completely unsure of what time it was, or at least our bodies were. We then proceeded to go to the hotel, and I, in true fashion passed out as soon as possible.

The next day we woke up early (by Michelle’s standards) and boarded the bus to begin our first real “adventure”. We went on a hike through some definite streams and a semblance of a river, this was a bonding experience as most people could easily walk through with no issue as the water did not go up quite as high on them as it did on me. We got a chance to bond as a new group and see some different sides of Israel’s natural beauty. After this “hike” we went to the Golan Heights, which is an overlook where you can see the Syrian border. To me it was amazing to be standing in a place where so much conflict had been seen, and yet in that moment it was peaceful.

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Just to give you a visual of this CREATURE

Just to give you a visual of this CREATURE

After this adventure, one of the most memorable parts of our trip happened. We were doing a group bonding activity in the lobby of our hotel in Tiberias (the location becomes important later). We were playing some sort of game and had just finished the activity and all sat back down in a circle. The all of a sudden this CREATURE comes running through the center of the circle. This creature has 8 legs, and two of them were in the air waiving around. This creature was a camel spider, and it was massive. When this thing ran into the center of the room Michelle and I instantly jumped onto the couch and screamed. I have never seen a spider so large in my life and I hope that I never do. For the rest of the trip I was afraid that I was going to see another one of those. The area we were in was not even where they are usually found, camel spiders often reside in the Negev.

We know how to party.

We know how to party.

Then we moved to a hotel in Tel Aviv. We went to the beach one day, and we explored Zefat another. There was so much art and culture to take in that I can’t even begin to explain it. Michelle was incredibly excited to be eating more Falafel, and I was just happy to be walking around. We would go in and out of little shops seeing what they had to sell, everything was so beautiful and unique. Michelle and I love to stay in shape, so in every hotel we made sure to do at least do some Pilates to keep ourselves strong. We were so excited about the room in Tel Aviv because we actually had room to do everything we wanted!

And with that, I will close my second installment of this series. There was so much packed into 10 days that I don’t want to miss! Next up, Masada, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Jewchella and more!