It was really cool to take a walking tour through my city, Rishon LeZion. Before my personal photo tour, I went on a tour with my Masa ITF program group to learn 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. In fact, they built a small theater around the well in which you can watch a video about 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, you say "Ro-cheeld." Yep, skip the "th" altogether.
I love that last photo I took; that's the route I would take home from the main street and the park. And as you can see - cats again! Yes, there's 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 one evening, a guy with a net poised over a bench, a mother pulling away her children. At first I thought this guy was insane - then, I saw the cat, haha.