It was really cool to take a walking tour through the city where I'm living, Rishon LeZion. Before my personal photo tour, I went with my Masa ITF program group and we learned all about the founding of Rishon. The city is the birthplace of the first Israeli flag, the Israeli National Anthem "HaTikvah," the first Hebrew kindergarten as well as Hebrew senior center - and you can also visit the first city well that turned this desert climate into a huge agricultural hub. Yep, they built right around the well, and now you can go inside, sit in a small amphitheater, and watch a video on the founding of the city, and peer down into the city's original well.
I live right near the Rothschild Mall, named for Baron Edmond de Rothschild who funded the excavation of the well. I quickly learned by speaking with Israelis that you don't say "Rothschild" the way you'd think it's pronounced phonetically, but rather say it like "Ro-cheeld." Yep, skip the "th" altogether.
I love that last photo I took; that's what route I would take home from the main street and the park! And as you can see - cats again! Yes, there is quite an abundance of cats throughout the country. In fact, I walked into a cat-catching situation in a park one evening on my way home, haha.