Today we woke up at Hotel Theodor, ate breakfast and prepared to leave driving further north. We went on a short hike to the Keshet Cave, a beautiful natural phenomenon where a giant hole has been carved into the rock of the mountain. In addition, we could see all the way back to Haifa from our lookout.
Shalom from Haifa! We started our day with yoga on the beach. Afterwards we had extra time to relax and swim in the sea; the current was very strong and there were many rocks, but we still had a great time in the water. Then we drove to a lookout over Haifa to see the Baha’i Gardens and other parts of the beautiful city. The Gardens were structured on a downward slope of a mountain. The view was incredible and we could see the sea, along with many houses and buildings built by Europeans.
We woke up to an amazing breakfast at the hotel, Dan Parnorama, we are staying at. At 8:30, we left to go on an hour long graffiti tour around Tel Aviv. At the end, we all had a blast practicing our different graffiti techniques. After, we went to a Children's Museum. There, we went to the Dialogue in the Dark Exhibit. In the exhibit, we went through rooms in total darkness, using our other senses to experience what blindness would feel like. We were in there for seventy five minutes, but it only felt like fifteen! The guides for the exhibit were all blind or visually impaired and we were able to learn about their experiences navigating the world.
Hello from Tel Aviv! Today we woke up at 6:30 to have breakfast at 7 and leave at 8. We started out on a secret spy mission on the streets of Tel Aviv. The spy mission was well run and random civilians popped out and turned out to be a part of the scavenger hunt. It was overall an amazing time and there were lots of drinks provided along the way. After that we visited the Carmel Shuk and bought gifts for our families, and food.
We began our mellow Saturday very well rested from a long nights sleep. Other than relaxing by the pool, playing sports, and taking lots of naps, as a group we learned about common problems that kibbutzim may face. We explored environment, youth education, and financial dilemmas, and we problem solved to discover solutions to real issues. We ended the day with havdalah, and woke up bright and early on Sunday for our long drive to Tel Aviv from Eilat. We stopped in the mixed Jewish/Arab village of Neve Shalom. It's a unique community that intentionally is trying to create dialogue and co-existence in Israel. They also created the first school with bilingual instruction in Arabic and Hebrew, and this idea has now spread around the country.
Today was another beautiful, yet excruciatingly hot day in the Negev. We started our morning early and went on a gorgeous hike through the sandstone of the Red Canyon. In addition to seeing a lizard sunbathing on a rock, the views in and above the canyon were magnificent.
Today was another amazing day here in the Negev of Israel. We started off our day at a youth hostel in Mitzpe Ramon. After getting in late Monday night, the group was energized for an adventurous day after breakfast. Shortly after the morning meal, we headed out to the famous crater at Mitzpe Ramon. It was a beautiful sight, and we were all able to enjoy the view. To add to the adventure, we sat like birds looking over the miraculous crater.
Hello from our last day in the Negev. We’re continuing to head south, towards Eilat, after a very eventful day. We first visited a friend of our tour guide's who worked with cows on a Kibbutz. We watched and learned as we walked through stalls that the cows were locked in. It was fun, even with the smell.
Hello from Kibbutz Tze'elim! Today was filled with adventure and lots of tea. We started the day with a meeting with an Ethiopian woman and a walk around her village. It was a great insight into the lives of Jews who come from a place different from many of us.