Archive for April, 2010

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End of my trip

April 8, 2010

After the ulpan ended on Friday, Alex, Efraim, and Efraim’s friend Tobias and I rented a car and drove to the North.  We started off by dropping off my suitcases and picking up a sleeping bag and a tent at my cousin’s house in Netanya, and then we headed to Caesarea.  The city was named after the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, and King Herod the great built a harbor, temples, baths, according to the Roman style.  There is also a modern part of the city, where Israel’s only golf course is located.  After we explored Caesarea and had a picnic lunch, we drove up toward Rosh Hanikra, near the border with Lebanon.  We decided to find a place to camp on the beach, and head to the Rosh Hanikra cable car in the morning.  After a bit of an adventure with the police checking us for drugs on the beach, we lit a nice campfire and Alex played his guitar.  We stayed dry during the rainy night due to the tent, and in the cloudy morning, we took the cable car to the grottoes on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.  The grottoes at Rosh Hanikra were beautiful, and a surprise- check out the Picasa site for photos.  Later, we visited some scenic overlooks and took a short hike.  We also explored Kibbutz Dan, which is where the Israeli National Trail begins.  Other highlights of the trip include taking the cable car to the top of Mt. Hermon at the ski resort, visiting the winery where Kibbutz Tzuba sells some of its grapes, visiting a baptismal site on the Jordan river, and eating a delicious meal in Tiberias.  I stayed with my dad’s cousin Jason and his family for Pesach, so we traveled to Yafo for the seder.  It was a fun experience, with the seder including more than enough Sephardic style food, singing into the early morning, and a bit of the hagadah.  I returned to the U.S. on March 30th with many great memories;  I will miss Israel, but I am happy to be home!