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Professor Israel pointing the way to Masada
After spending the past six days hiking and sleeping in a bag, it's nice to be back in Haifa. The trip to Masada and the Dead Sea was really nice. We left ridiculously early... soo I didn't sleep and instead spent the previous night on the phone with people from Boston sooo I was quite the zombie on the bus.

Our first stop was to Masada, which hadn't changed much since I was there two years ago on Birthright. The tour was led by one of my professors and he knows everything about Israel soo it was cool to hear him explain the history and its importance today. It's such an incredible view from the top of Masada with a clear view of the Dead Sea and the desert stretching out in front of you. The hike up was pretty easy since it was just a ramp of stairs but down we took the snake path which winds back and forth all the way down the mountain.
Byzantine gate
.. when we took this path on birthright I remember falling on my ass the entire way down and being near tears by the bottom sooo I was a bit apprehensive to make another go at it. BuT I was surprised how much easier it was than I remembered annnddd I didn't even fall or die which according to my teacher happens at least once a year there...

After Masada we walked through a creek by Ein Gedi for a bit to hear some about the nature and such and then went to the Dead Sea to float around for a while. It's always real fun to just lay around floating in there even though the beach we were at was surrounded by signs that read "Danger- Poisonous Gas"-- but our guide assured us that the area we were in was safe hahah.
Herods pool... just in case.
.. Of course I could only manage a few minutes in the salt bath because I am covered in bug bites sooo my skin was on fire the entire time...

That night we stayed in a Bedouin tent and cooked our own "Bedouin" meal... It was quite the circus watching 35 college students try to cook dinner together... and I'm still impressed that noone is sick from it yet considering how many people were on "tasting duty" or just dropping things on the ground and then tossing it back in the bowl because sand just adds more flavor... right?

Next morning we got up early and went for a long hike through Ein Gedi. I've done this hike before but we did it at a bit more leisurly pace. What had taken about 2 hours the first time we spent close to 6 hours... granted we stopped every few feet to ensure noone was dead from dehydration and to swim a lot, so it was nice to go at a slow pace and really take in the scenery. Well... I'm going to try and catch up on my 87 e-mails while I still have interweb...
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Professor Israel pointing the way …
Professor Israel pointing the way…
Byzantine gate
Byzantine gate
Herods pool... just in case.
Herods pool... just in case.
Everyone made it up
Everyone made it up
Some weird re-enactment-- of what …
Some weird re-enactment-- of what…
Surouding desert
Surouding desert
Israelis I pay to talk to me
Israelis I pay to talk to me
Nature walk
Nature walk
They do have Bedouins in Korea
They do have Bedouins in Korea
SALT
SALT
Look, no hands.
Look, no hands.
Making our own Pita.
Making our own Pita.
Vats of Hummus= Israel
Vats of Hummus= Israel
Ein Gedi
Ein Gedi
Michal Fell.
Michal Fell.
Crazy Tree
Crazy Tree
Swimming pool
Swimming pool
Masada
photo by: Mortyzia