My last few days in Israel felt like a pretty good summation of the trip on a whole. Of course, we had many group discussions about the things we had done and all we had learned, what to take away from the experience. We spent time with one another, getting in the last goodbyes before we were rushed onto our separate planes. But before all that, we got to see just a little bit more of Israel’s history – and it was really, really cool. Continue reading “Israel Days 28-30: My Last Days In Israel”
Israel Day 27: A Visit to the Holocaust Museum
Our visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Israel, was an emotional and upsetting day. Although I have learned about the Holocaust my entire life, there were still many things I learned that day that shocked me, the things we discussed horrifying to imagine as a reality. Continue reading “Israel Day 27: A Visit to the Holocaust Museum”
Israel Day 25: Cave Spelunking
It was time for us to say goodbye to our kibbutz and head out for our next adventure, which, as it turned out, would leave us feeling a little blind. I’d been in caves before, but never have I had an experience quite like this one. Continue reading “Israel Day 25: Cave Spelunking”
Israel, Day 24: Boats, Jeeps, and Milk in a Bag
I can now officially say that I have climbed through a hole in a fence. And that was just the start of a day that would bring all kinds of new adventures to me.
We climbed through a hole in a fence to reach our breakfast. Not sure why; I think our leaders were just having a laugh. But we climbed through and came out onto a beach where our breakfast was waiting for us. There, I got to have milk in a bag, chocolate milk at that, and it was awesome. Something about milk being in a bag makes it even better. Milk in a bag is not something I’d ever seen before (although I have since discovered milk in a bag in Ontario as well), but evidently it was a common thing in Israel.
We ate quickly as it would soon be time for our first activity of the day. We hadn’t been told anything, except that we needed to wear our bathing suits because we would be getting wet – very wet.
As we approached the water’s edge, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t think a million guesses would have gotten me even close to what we were actually doing. I looked into the water and I saw… Continue reading “Israel, Day 24: Boats, Jeeps, and Milk in a Bag”
Israel Day 21-23: Life on a Kibbutz
In the days prior, we left the Negev and met up with the Israeli sister camp of ours. We were together for a few days at their camp, doing the regular sort of camp activities we’d normally do and learning about their camp life. Nothing too much to note from these few days, it was just the usually sort of camp life – chilling and learning and desperately trying to get over how tired I was from the previous 18 days. We spent four days together.
On the fourth day, it was time to move on and go spend a few days living on a kibbutz. Continue reading “Israel Day 21-23: Life on a Kibbutz”
Israel Day 17: Hiking Masada and Swimming in the Dead Sea
I hiked a monster mountain and swam in a dead sea. All in one day. I feel very accomplished. Continue reading “Israel Day 17: Hiking Masada and Swimming in the Dead Sea”
Israel Day 16: Look Ma, No Hands
After hunting for scorpions, I felt like I could take on anything in the desert. And anything was exactly what the desert threw at me. From hiking in the blazing heat, to riding a camel, I think I pretty much covered every desert activity out there. Continue reading “Israel Day 16: Look Ma, No Hands”
Israel Day 15: Scorpion Hunting in the Negev
After being in Israel for two weeks, I’d adjusted to the heat. Sure, it was hot, but it had become easier to deal with. Then we went to the Negev, otherwise known as the actual desert portion of Israel. Turns out, I didn’t know what hot was yet. And then there were scorpions. And we went looking for them. On purpose. Continue reading “Israel Day 15: Scorpion Hunting in the Negev”
Israel Day 13: Seeing the Wailing Wall
Jerusalem was by far my favourite city to see during my trip to Israel, and a highlight of the day was standing before the Wailing Wall. To stand before something so ancient, that has so much history and significance is pretty awe-inspiring, and it’s certainly not something I ever thought I’d see. Continue reading “Israel Day 13: Seeing the Wailing Wall”
Israel Day 9: Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea
I got my first chance to swim in the Mediterranean Sea in Israel. And it was incredible. We spent a beach day at the Mediterranean and got to bask in all its glory.
From sun tanning, to swimming, to lounging some more, it was a glorious day of relaxation – much needed after all the hiking and walking around we’d been doing the previous eight days. Continue reading “Israel Day 9: Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea”