By Jesse Rubens
Rise and shine over a kibbutz none of want to remember. But we were leaving all of that bug-infested nastiness behind us as we headed to the big city.
With the mixture of cobblestone and skyscrapers, Tel Aviv combines all the best of the Eastern and Western world. Our first pit stop was Independence Hall. Thankfully, this didn't involve anything too physically demanding because most of us were quite drained. We learned about the story of Zionism and the history of the establishment of the state of Israel. Then, we ventured into the city passing through, an art festival and a shuk. I think I speak for everyone when I say that it was a beautiful, cultural experience. The many colors, voices, and languages that can be seen and heard in the shuk are what gives it its distinct aura of magnificence.
Our next leg of the journey was Tel Aviv beach. There was so much life and excitement. Some of us relaxed in beach chairs, while others went into the ocean and swam to the rocks. About 80 meters into the water, there was a large collection of rocks. The Mayanot crew got some very cool pictures there.
Wrapping it up with some popsickles, it was J-city bound. A turn-up night in Ben Yehuda street, Yerushalayim was the perfect way to spend our last night out together. It has so incredible getting know these amazing people this past week and a half. We have all become one big, Jewish family-which is appropriate, because we have all gotten each other sick. All in all an amazing Day 9 on an incredible trip with some outstanding individuals.