After a hike, the day began with an overlook of Israel’s diverse landscape, from hilltops to city to the sea and even the border with Lebanon. Another short bus ride and we were going down the world’s steepest cable car which led us to natural grottos at Rosh Hanikra. We ventured through the caves, looking at clear blue pools of water that flooded in from the Mediterranean Sea.When we arrived at Banana Beach, everyone eagerly jumped into the cool water that had been tempting us all day. We rode the waves and relaxed under bungalows for a refreshing two hours. After a bit of rare relaxation at the hostel, we toured the old city of Akko. We walked through a Knights Hospitalier headquarters that has been renovated to become an underground museum. The narrow pathways of the headquarters led us to a Kabbalist synagogue and Turkish bazaar shops, a market bustling with people on bikes and tourists buying souvenirs. To end the busy day, we headed back to the hotel for dinner and a birthday celebration. Happy birthday Jacob!