This week was eventful to say the least. As a group we spent more time exploring the city and learning more about Beit She’an. We have also branched out a little more on our own without our coordinator.
The common theme this week is “Home away from Home”. Everyone from the Partnership office (P2G), the people at the Shuk and grocery stores, or Hebrew teacher; have offered us knowledge about how to live in Beit She’an. Many have offered us a meal in their home. It reminds me of why I decided to come to Beit She’an in the first place.
On top of the warm welcome we have had I’ve also felt at home because of the constant reminder of Cleveland. Cleveland is a huge part of Beit She’an, from park signs, traffic circles, basketballs, to the overall love of Cleveland residents of Beit She’an have.
The Valley of Springs… I don’t think I have been closer to paradise before…
And just as you need to work hard to achieve paradise, the same is true about the Valley of the Springs. Unless of course you bike, take the bus, or drive. We didn’t do that; instead we walked. It was not incredibly far from us at all but we have not acclimated to the heat yet; but the walk/heat was worth it. The beautiful clear water, with tiny fish who swim with you. Those fish… they also give you a pedicure if you can stand still long enough!
We walked to different springs and each one I fell more in love with the city and the springs. I could have gone to a big city, or gone to the sea; but instead I am in Beit She’an and I know that I made the right decision.
I think I have my own little slice of paradise. . . and I can now call it home.
I’ve now been in Israel 6 days and let me tell you how fantastic it is! We went to the Golan Heights for a seminar and spent time with the other MASA Thalim members from Beer Sheva and Netyana. It was great getting to know other people from our trip and spend time as a whole group instead of our little foursome.
I’ve been loving the activities we’ve been doing including: hiking, swimming in a spring, going to Mt. Hermon (when it’s actually supposed to be closed), and did I mention hiking?
In the last 3 days I hiked about 6 miles and loved it! Of course it’s hot but I’m getting use to it already.
As a small group those of us from Beit She’an continue to grow close. I’m loving the growing family atmosphere that I think we are starting to have. We can each make fun of each other and joke around without upsetting the other, because we know that if we seclude ourselves it will just make it that much more lonely.
Yesterday we went for a 3 mile walk on the El Al trail. It was beautiful seeing small streams and then the beautiful spring. Overall it was a great hike. After that we went to Mt. Hermon which so far has been my favorite. Despite the slightly terrifying ski lift ride. Once at the top, the view was gorgeous.
I couldn’t get over the beautiful view and the beauty of being up so high. It put a lot into perspective for me. Being up there showed me part of the reason that I decided to come to Israel in the first place.
All in all this was great first weekend in Israel. I can’t wait to keep having adventures and to see as much as I can in the year that I’m here!