Day 17 | Israel Photos

Leaving the Philippines was one of the most difficult things I had to do in 2016. I had quit my job to travel and the excitement of chasing my dream had kept me from being afraid of what would happen when I was done traveling. Until I was sitting in the Manila airport by myself. I lost it. I started openly weeping in the terminal and strangers even tried to comfort me. Thank god for Filipino kindness. I couldn’t believe that my incredible adventure was coming to an end and I really, really didn’t want to go home.

After a few weeks back in Seattle, in which the sun shined maybe one day, I was ready to run. Luckily, I had been chosen for a free trip to Israel, thanks to my Jewish heritage. I left Seattle bound for New York to meet up with my Birthright group and head to Israel.

The trip was… interesting. I had never been on an organized tour before, and I wasn’t a huge fan of being told what to do and when to do it. Plus, the trip had been sold to me as a “culinary tour” which I was super stoked about. Too bad the majority of our meals were served to us in our 2 star hotels.

The best part of the trip was the group. I met some amazing people who I will stay friends with forever. Plus, I got to experience the homeland with them and that made the whole experience that much more surreal. Exploring Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum was a very powerful experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.

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The shadowy part behind me is Syria!

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At a military outpost in the Golan Heights

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Bunker in the Golan Heights

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Tzfat, Israel

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Tzfat, Israel

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Synagogue in Tzfat

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Synagogue in Tzfat

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I like doors

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Tzfat, Israel

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Shawarma in Tzfat

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Tzfat, Israel

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Druze Bakery

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All the sweets!

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My first view of the Mediterranean in Haifa

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Sunrise at Masada

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Sunrise at Masada

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The homies watching the sunrise over the Dead Sea

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Masada

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Masada

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What they believe King Herod’s palace at Masada looked like

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Before we got muddy

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Jerusalem, Israel

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The Western Wall

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Kotel in Jerusalem

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View of the Dome of the Rock

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Original hummus

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Mushroom hummus

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Everything hummus

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Israeli salad – SO good

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Israel’s version of Whole Foods

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Fun Fact: Cherry tomatoes were invented in Israel

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SO many olives

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Eating some meat at M25 in Tel Aviv

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Tel Aviv graffiti tour

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All the graffiti

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The 27 Club

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I liked that they framed some of their pieces

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My love and I by the sea.    

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