Day Two | Shorashim - Israel with Israelis
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Day Two

By Jacob Gessin

So we started our day with what I must say was then most amazing hike I have ever been on. The view was constantly changing from flat desert terrain to rocky cliffs with rivers. I loved every second of it. I found myself always walking with a new person, having a new conversation and discussing our beautiful surroundings. Though the hike may have been long and HOT it was well worth it. I would do it ten times over.

Then we went to Golan Heights to look at the Syrian border and learn of the tumultuous history between Syria and Israel, along side the other bordering countries. I found myself completely devoted to the conversation, and determined to learn all that I could about this horrible situation these countries find themselves in. I can't help but feel so uninformed and sheltered living in the US where I don't have to feel in constant fear of warfare in my backyard. It makes me want to do something to help but I feel lost in being one person with so little knowledge. Due to that feeling I am determined to take what in have learned and expand my education in hopes to be more involved in the conversation.

We ended our day on a much lighter note with kayaking the Jordan River, which was SO much fun. We had water wars with other people on our trip, including strangers we met a long the way, disregarding any language barriers.

Finally after dinner, we discussed why we all came on this trip. It was personal and wonderful to hear peoples stories as to why they chose to make this journey, no matter what reason. I ended my day feeling so much closer to my group, and a huge bond to this beautiful country.

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