Last week we had Northern Tiyul. Now, I’m going to skip over the mornings because every morning was a hike… aka me sitting on the bus, and I’m sure it will be just as boring for you to read about as it was for me to do. There was a lot of sleeping, sudokus, bejeweled, and 3G usage (sorry, Dad) Also, remember that like with every Tiyul each day we have a hard and easy option. I’ll tell you about both but I was always on the easy option because it had more things that I could do.
The first day we started off with lunch at a Druze village. The Druze are very interesting people, and I don’t really want to go into their history/ religion/ story here, but it’s pretty fascinating and I’m sure our good friend Google will have lots to say about it. From there we split into hard/easy. The easy group went to Caesarea, and we had a little walking tour and then some time to spend on the beach (it’s not a beach you can swim in, but it’s absolutely beautiful) When we were about to leave our bus broke down, so we sat in the parking lot for an hour which was great. Then we headed to the hostel for dinner and whatnot and bed.
The second day both groups started with a hike and then we came back together at the Galil winery where we had lunch (not fancy winery lunch, boxed sandwich lunches) and then got a tour and tasting. It was some delicious wine! After that we split into two options again. There was a bike ride option and a tour of Tzfat. I obviously went to Tzfat which was great because it’s somewhere I’ve been wanting to go all year but never got to. We had some time to look around at the artwork and jewelry and then got to meet with a really cool artist. His name is Avraham Lowenthal and I would highly recommend checking out his work on http://www.kabbalahart.com I really loved one piece in specific and I was going to buy a small print but the price was well… a little out of my range. That night we had some free time in Tiberas where Sarah and I just walked around for a bit and had a delicious pizza and pasta dinner!
The next day after hiking we went to Kfar Blum where we had a wonderful all you can eat pizza lunch followed by rafting down the Jordan River. It was the exact same thing we did on Pilgrimage, but it was still so fun! I was able to take my air cast off and just wrap my ankle and it worked out just fine. I was put in charge of paddling and steering because I was the only one who knew how to do it, and we had a really good time splashing other boats too.
Wednesday, the hard hike was something I really wanted to go on. They got up at 5:30 for services and breakfast then headed out on a 7ish hour hike in which they got to repel down waterfalls, jump into huge natural pools, repel down more waterfalls, and be genuinely cool and do insane cool stuff. Not gonna lie, I was pretty bitter about missing that one. This was also the longest hike for the easy people too so I spent an awful long time on the bus. After that we went to the viewpoint where you can see Syria and Jordan and we could see the booms and hear the smoke from the Syrian civil war, it was pretty crazy. We ended our day at the De Karina Chocolate factory where we got a tour and tasting and then had the chance to make our own chocolate bars. Really, they had all the chocolate out for us, we just got to assemble the truffles and decorate them and design our chocolate bar. We had big squeeze bottle of chocolate to use and most people drew designs or wrote their name in theirs but I got creative and I love how it came out!
The last day we went to the Sachne pools. They are huge, BEAUTIFUL, natural fresh water pools. When we first got there I thought the water was dyed blue because it was so bright and clear. We got to swim around and explore the 3 pools for a few hours before having lunch and heading back to our locations for a final Shabbat.
The Shabbat itself was nothing special. Thursday afternoon and friday were full of packing, then for Shabbat we had potluck meals. I made 17 challot, chocolate cake, and cookie brownies! I did read Torah though in honor of my Bat Mitzvah portion!
Now we’re back in our final week in Jerusalem, which maybe I’ll post about Sunday before I leave? I don’t really know, but you’ll probably hear about it!
Can’t wait to be home in less than 5 days! Also, RIP to my laptop and thanks Arielle for letting me use hers :)