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Israel Days 28-30: My Last Days In Israel

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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”