In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.

Tel Aviv was an absolute blast. Seeing modern Israel really is something that you can’t believe until you live it. After our times here, we are heading back down to the desert! Driving back here was well worth it. We began our day visiting Ein Avdat, an enormous canyon in the Negev. The colors and size of the rocks surrounding us were breathtaking. What was even more cool was the fact that at one point, we were able to see actual water in the desert. There was an oasis of water right in the middle of the canyon! So unbelievable. After being at the bottom of a canyon, we drove up to the top of a mountain to Ben Gurion’s grave. Ben Gurion was the first prime minister of Israel and loved the desert. He knew that life could exist there, and so he chose to be buried in the Negev. The sites that can be seen from the top of the mountain are incredible, overlooking the canyon we hiked through and many miles of desert. Life existing in the desert did not stop here. We then traveled to Shvil Hasalat, or the Salad Way, where we were able to see drip irrigation put to work in the desert, allowing fruits and vegetables to grow in a place with little water. We literally picked strawberries off the vine and carrots out of the ground and were able to eat them right then and there! It was a very fun way to end our day here in Israel. We then headed back to the hotel to wrap up our ten days together and go off to the airport to depart. Israel, thank you for the memories, the experiences, the friendships, and the knowledge of what you have done and given to us as the Jewish people. It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon!

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