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.
This morning, we woke up to the sounds of goats and camels moaning at a Bedouin tent in the middle of the desert, at the ripe hour of 6:30 am (may I remind you that the night before we had woken up at 2:00 am to prepare for our sunrise hike up Masada). Our breakfast consisted of eggs, cereal, pita, pudding, and other various foods. After breakfast, we made our way to the edge of the village, where we met our new friends, camels! Our camel ride was a blast. We rode around the desert and saw a beautiful view of the Bedouin village.
Saturday was a chill day as it was Shabbat; we stayed in the hotel, hung out, and ended the day with havdalah. We woke up bright and early on Sunday morning to see the sunrise on Masada. We left the hotel at 3:00 in the morning and we were climbing by 4:45. The group climbed at different paces but we all made it to the top of the mountain before the sun started rising.
We woke up and went to breakfast at 8 in the morning at the hotel. We then boarded the bus and made our way to a lookout point over the Old City and greater Jerusalem. After looking out at the city, we heard some music and ended up joining an impromptu Zumba class, before we sat down for a discussion on the Israel/Palestine conflict.
Today we learned about other cultures and viewpoints in Jerusalem. We began with a presentation about Christianity and the many denominations present in Jerusalem. We then set out to the Old City. At first we were in the Christian Quarter, where we visited the most holy church in Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We then went to the Muslim quarter, where we shopped at a street market.