In early January I returned from a week-long trip to Israel with Shorashim, one of the trip providers working with Birthright Israel. Packing two days into one became the norm, as we wanted to fit as much into this one-week trip as possible! We began with a three-day stay in North Golan, and moved on towards Tel-Aviv.
After our trip to the Ghetto Fighters' Museum, we bypassed our lunch plans in Haifa because of an oil fire. They had to let that thing burn out. If you really look at the scale of the city and buildings, and the fact that you can just make-out the orange of the flames - you'll realize this was pretty huge.
Instead, we had an amazing humus and shakshuka lunch at a mall (for real though) and drove to the family home of one of our Israeli group members - Nir!
It was pretty impressive his family just welcomed 52 people into their home. There, we lit the candles for the second night of Hanukkah, and ate a lot of snacks, haha.
This area had such a 'Florida' feel - even the architecture was similar, the stucco and rooves. Everything over there is wider, and more boxy, but still...Florida, haha. My grandparents had orange trees in their backyard, and I love seeing fruit trees in people's backyards. I mean, it's a genuine interest of mine. And here, they had kumquats, oranges, and lemons!
As you can see, everyone was seriously into the fruit, and I was really into the foliage in Israel. I mean, I'm really into foliage in general, so I took notice of the amazing variety they had over there. I love the palm tree leaves that shoot upwards, rather than out, in that area of the world - and they were everywhere...
After we lit the candles and ate a huge amount of snacks, we drove to our hotel in Tel-Aviv, the Deborah Hotel on Ben Yehuda Street...