Wow, what a trip! I can’t believe how much we actually did in only ten days. On our final day in Israel, we woke up at the usual early time and jetted to the old city of Yaffo for a tour. After our beautiful beach tour of Yaffo, we had free time to shop in the Yaffo shuk for last minute gifts for our families and friends. After scrambling to find gifts, we went to the Israeli Independence Hall to see the actual place where Israel became a Jewish homeland. We then went to Rabin Square where the former Prime Minister of Israel was shot.
After a crazy day filled with history, shopping, and fun, we went to the Mega Event in Jerusalem. This event consisted of 60 Birthright buses from around the world packed into an arena with VIPs such as the current Israeli Prime Minister, the president of Birthright, and some of the founders and donors of Birthright. Seeing thousands of Jewish students our age singing and dancing to popular Israeli music was incredible. The passion for Judaism in the arena was insane and everyone had a great time.
As I sit on the floor of our hotel hallway in Jerusalem writing this final blog, a whirlwind of emotions cross my mind about how incredible this trip was. In only ten days we saw the entire country of Israel and made lifelong friends along the way. From hiking down mountains in the North to floating on top of the Dead Sea in the South and everything else in between, the memories we have made on this trip will definitely last a lifetime. These past ten days were hands down some of the best ten days of my life and I am extremely sad to leave Israel. This country is not only the Jewish homeland, but I can truly say that it is my homeland, and I hope that I can come back sometime soon.