Arriving in Israel and Staying on a Kibbutz

So like my laptop computer, I decided to shut down for a few weeks while I was traveling in Israel.  However, unlike my laptop which quickly restarted and returned to its full, colorful glory, it has taken me some time to get all of my processes up and running again.  The good news is that this is because I was fully immersed in my travel experience and Israeli culture soaking up EVERY SINGLE moment.  The bad news is that it means I have no idea where to even begin blogging about my trip.

 

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I recognize that not many people that I’ve met have been to Israel.  (You definitely should have seen the checkout woman at Target’s face when I told her where I was going while she was ringing up my travel toiletries).  So I’d love to convey the beauty and heart of this tiny, but powerful country!  The flight there was long, but well worth it, even if I couldn’t sleep.

 

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After over 20 hours of sleepless travel!

 

We spent our first few nights on a Kibbutz in the Golan Heights.  I didn’t know what to expect staying at the B&B on a Kibbutz, but it far surpassed my expectations.

 

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And not just because of this glorious view!

 

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Our first day was as busy as can be including a visit to Mount Bental and my first view of the Syrian border.

 

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Followed by our first Mediterranean lunch…an amazing falafel sandwich made by the crazy falafel guy!

 

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I should probably take this time to tell you that I ate the most fantastic food on this trip!  I could seriously eat hummus and tahini three meals a day.  After lunch, we went kayaking down the Jordan River.

 

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As we drove back to the Kibbutz after an exhausting day, the sun was setting behind the hills.

 

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We stayed at the Kibbutz for the first 4 nights which allowed me to establish a little routine.  In the morning, I’d make some tea to drink out front in the courtyard while journaling or reading a magazine and try to keep the friendly kitties out of my room.

 

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During the day, we were usually out and about exploring the north east region of the country, but there was still plenty of time on the kibbutz for morning yoga, a crazy hot run, and a cool down in the pool.

 

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After 4 days, I was sad to leave but looking forward to moving on to Tel Aviv.  I definitely made a note to myself that I would love to come back and explore the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee, and I would make reservations to stay back at this kibbutz.

 

Have you ever stayed at  kibbutz?

What did you think?

8 thoughts on “Arriving in Israel and Staying on a Kibbutz

  1. It looks absolutely gorgeous, and Iike you did you a lot of fun activities while still having a decent amount of time to do your own thing. Were the evenings/nights hot, too?

  2. So cool that you got to raft on the Jordan river!. What a way to start out the trip! The Kibbutz looks really nice.

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