Thursday, May 1, 2014

Meeting new friends, dancing on the water

Today we went to Har Meron for a mifgash (meeting) with a group of kids our age from a school in  Nahariyah. We started with a few icebreaker activities to get to know a little about each other. We then went on a very long hike and practiced our conversational Hebrew along the way. The views were really spectacular and we exclaimed, "Wow, azeh nof hazeh!"  which means "Wow, what a view this is!" After our hike, our new friends joined us for a picnic lunch. With Facebook, we will be able to keep in touch with them when we get home.

We said our goodbyes and boarded the bus to the Hula Valley and the Galilean Hills for a bike ride
in a nature preserve. Everything is so green here, a welcome change from the brown of the desert. Everyone who wanted to got to ride a bike. If you didn't want to ride you could go in a golf cart. We made a few stops along the trail to learn about the migration of birds from Asia, Africa and Europe. We were fortunate enough to see many of them and other wildlife.

After riding, we took an ice cream break before re-boarding the bus and the much anticipated"Disco Boat" ride on the Sea of Galilee. We had a great time. We wobbled, danced, and had a lot of laughs. Even the teachers got up and danced. It was pretty funny!

Hannah Pliskin and Jason E. Buckman

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