We talked about what it's like to actually live in this country that we've all grown to love and face the issues that they do. Many of these issues have to do with serving in the army, which is a part of most Israelis' lives in ways that we can't really imagine, even though we've gotten a pretty good idea of the experience through our new Israeli friends' perspectives.
Tel Aviv seemed to be a mix of a seaside city, a European city, and something more practical. Even though all of the groups were separate, there was an overarching sense of unity between the different birthright groups, which made all of us feel at home.
Even though it has only been 4 days, I can definitely say this is my favorite trip to Israel so far and I definitely hope to return.
Osnat, our tour guide, took us on our first optional event, which was the Shabbat walk, and talked about the meaning of the Shabbat walk and our views on certain religious topics. It was amazing to see a majority of our mishpacha (family) there even though it was not required to go - #thepassionisreal.
I came upon a beautiful panoramic lookout spot of the mountains. It was such a beautiful spot, and something I don't ever see at home. I'm really excited to see what my other mornings look like here in Israel!