Day 7 was another busy one. After leaving the kibbutz, we took a long, muddy, and green hike along the El-Al River. As you can see, this was completely different terrain than we saw down south in the Negev. There was a lot more green, more water, and more cows. After the hike, we cleaned […]Read more "falafel, shawarma, or pizza – day 7"
After hanging out with the Druze for lunch, we took a hike on Mount Meron to a point that overlooks Lebanon. While there, one of our Israelis told us about a military mission he was sent on during the Second Lebanon War. A soldier had been mortally wounded in Lebanon, and Gilad and his squad […]Read more "falafel, shawarma, or pizza – day 6.1"
It’s another two-post day. Tuesday was a busy one, which started off with a stop at an archaeological site in Tzippori (ציפורי). The site, now a national park, holds history dating back to at least the 7th century BC. While there site has been influenced by many different cultures since that time, we saw and […]Read more "falafel, shawarma, or pizza – day 6.0"
After the farm, we made our way to Sderot to meet our new Israeli friends and eat lunch. Situated less than a mile from Gaza, Sderot (שדרות) is a small town that has been a target of rocket attacks by Hamas. While in the town, a member of the local government talked to us about […]Read more "falafel, shawarma, or pizza – day 5.1"
Monday, February 8th, was another busy one for us. We woke up and went to a nearby moshav. Moshavim (מושב) are similar to kibbutzim in that they are cooperative communities. Where they differ, however, is that farms on a moshav are individually owned. On the farm, we picked some carrots, made pesto pita thingies, enjoyed […]Read more "falafel, shawarama, or pizza – day 5.0"
This post brings with it the end of Sunday, Day 4. At the end of the second hike of the day was a stop at David Ben-Gurion’s (דוד בן גוריון) grave site in Midreshet Ben-Gurion (מדרשת בן גוריון). It’s probably easiest to think of Ben-Gurion as Israel’s George Washington. He was one of the leaders […]Read more "falafel, shawarma, or pizza – day 4.2"
First off, this is post #100 to this blog! I started November 2008 and it’s been really fun so far. This is probably the first non-Facebook online presence I’ve maintained for over a year, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming already in progress… After our morning […]Read more "falafel, shawarma, or pizza – day 4.1"