Cory Goldstein UCF `14
Another 7:15 wake up call to begin the fifth day of this amazing journey. Another kosher breakfast awaited us at the Blue Bay dining hall, at this point we have all acclamaited to the typical Israeli breakfast, hopefully! This morning we got a little something extra, which included a choice of chocolate or vanilla pudding. The bus was boarded promptly at 8 o’clock in approach of the ancient Roman city of Casaria on the west coast of Israel. After entering the gates of the national park, I think the fact that we were in an area of the world was once populated over 2,000 years ago set in. An ampitheatre built by the Romans was still intact after all of these years where a statge was still present and still operated on a daily basis. Our female Israeli soldiers helped construct a human Star of David created in the center of the ampitheater, which I am sure you will see in the photos. Our guide Daniel continued with the tour where he explained the creation of the first port of Israel and a charriot racing and gladiator stadium used during the times of when the city was in use.
The much anticipated free time in the city of Tel Aviv was to follow where we had our first real interaction in the NYC of Israel. It was a really incredible to see and brought a feel of the true Israel economy to us bewildered Americans. It turns out that we aren’t that great at heckling with the stern Israeli businessmen of the Shook Hacarmel. But don’t worry, our Israelie soldiers were their by our sides making sure we werne’t taken advantage of.
Our next part of the day was a real breathtaking experience for all of us. We ventured over to Idependence Hall where Ben Gurion announced on May 14, 1948 that the Israelie nation was now a country. We had a real magnificent presentation that provided a real life replica that put us back in 1948 to show what the Jewish people were experiencing at the time.
I believe that when I say this has been a mind blowing experience I am not only speaking for myself but for this forty-eight member family. More and more everyday we get a little bit more pride for our homeland and a little bit more appreciation for what our ancestors have done to make a real state or Judaism.
Tonight we are going back to Tel Aviv for a night out in the town to get a real Israeli party experience.