By: Alex Sweeney
After a long night of going out in the city of Tiberius Mayanot 131 had the luck of sleeping in for the first time and getting any sort of sleep probably for the first time this trip. When we woke up we were all really excited to finally meet the soldiers that would be traveling with us for the next 5 days. Meeting the soldiers for the first time was such a cool experience to hear where they were from and what kind of job they had in the army or Air Force.
The first activity we did after picking up are soldiers was a beautiful nature walk through the Banias nature reserve to see the beautiful water falls. After the beautiful walk we were all very excited to go jeeping. While we we were jeeping there was something very special about driving through the country side that used to be Syria. It was very scenic and had large mountains and rivers, orange trees that ran along the trails. A very funny note, while we all trust our medic/security lady very much I think it's safe to say we were a little nervous to be on the same road as her.
When jeeping was over we all boarded the bus and made our way up to the Lebanese/Israel border to speak with Aryeh from one of the kibbutz most north in Israel. I think everyone would agree with me this man didn't sugar coat a thing about anything and made for one of the most interesting people we have met in Israel this far.
To end our day we went back to the hotel to celebrate the 2nd night of Hanukkah with the group.