BY: Ali Weiner
Today, after a long night in the Bedouin tents, we woke up at the crack of dawn (literally) to ride camels. We chose a partner and hopped on. The camels led us around the area of judean desert, and we got to watch the sun rise. It was a beautiful and unforgettable experience.
After this, we got to eat a delicious breakfast provided to us by the staff at the tents, which consisted of pita, eggs, and they even had Nutella! We then packed up and headed towards Massada. Upon our arrival, it was incredibly hot. So hot that they decided to close the route that we planned to take down the mountain.
Hiking up to massada was one of the hands down hardest things I have ever done. It wasn't because it was so intricate and complicated, but because of the dry heat. Cringing with every step, and Panting up to the top, we finally made it( it actually only took like 15 minutes). We were able to see the Dead Sea from the top of the mountain, and all of the surrounding land. It was beautiful. The best part of the whole thing, was being able to do our morning prayers in the holy synagogue. It made me feel so connected to my roots, and proud to be Jewish.
After taking the carts down the mountain, we got back on the bus and went to eingedi. Eingedi also consisted of another hot hike, but it ended with a beautiful fresh waterfall. The hot walk was worth it because we were able to go under the waterfall and relax in the ponds for a little bit. It was so refreshing.
We then got back onto the bus and drove to the Dead Sea. This was the best part of the day! It's just like a regular beach, except the amount of salt in the water is double so the second you sit down, you float! It is the coolest thing to just float around in the water without any effort. We also got to put the mud on our face, which made our skin so soft.
Our trip is quickly speeding by, but this has been one of my favorite days. I'm so proud of everyone for hiking up massada, and sticking it out. We did it together, and that's awesome. We are now on our way to the kibbutz near tel aviv, where we will sleep. Today was truly a great day.