Well, today was the day. Our completely awesome trip was coming to and end. Today was very bittersweet. To start our final day, we awoke from our night in the bedewin tents and we headed to the great hike at Masada and that was the granddaddy of all the hikes, if you ask me.
After Masada and lunch, we headed over to a nature walk with a very refreshing waterfall and pond that we all swam in. Up next was the Dead Sea! It was so much fun getting all mudded up and floating in the water. It definitely was the best activity for last!
As we all sat down for our last group dinner, over schnitzel and hummus (of course), it really hit me that we were leaving. In these past 10 days, we all went from 40 strangers to 40 best friends who cannot imagine life apart from one another. Saying goodbye to our friends who were staying behind and extending their trip and our tour guides, Aidel and Shai, was one of the hardest things I had to do. They are more than friends, they are family.
At dinner, we decided that instead of saying "goodbye", we would say "see you soon". It's true though, we will see each other soon. We have school and Chabad and even social media to keep in touch with our Israeli soldiers. In my opinion, and speaking for the group, this trip was life changing and I was so honored to have met all of these funny, loving, supporting people who I call my friends.