As our sixth full day in Israel comes to a close, I find myself already reflecting on the trip two days before we fly home. Being here has opened my eyes up to not only the differences between the United States and Israel, but the similarities we share as well.
Our third day in Israel consisted largely of traveling from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, with a few stops and detours along the way. The day included both visits to common attractions in Israel as well as sojourns to lesser-known areas.
After travelling to the West Bank and driving past the historical site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, we began with a brief excursion at Ein Gedi, a nature reserve in the midst of the desert. Although we did not stay long, we hiked through the reserve, visited a small waterfall with an ancient biblical legend associated with it, and were introduced to some of the local wildlife on the hike.
Conveying the level of exuberance that was felt as I opened my hotel curtains on Friday morning may be a tough task. I fear that this remarkable amount of excitement may not resonate with the readers who do not have the pleasure of being faced with this breathtaking view of Jerusalem. Today marks the weekly holiday of Shabbat, where people come together with their loved ones to celebrate their unconditional bond with each other.
Our first full day in Israel was very busy and full of enlightening experiences. After only about 24 hours here, I am amazed at the versatility of the country. There is a huge focus on development of the next big technology and the future, yet as we toured Jerusalem, we experienced over 2000 years of history that brings together people of all backgrounds, ages and experiences.
This morning, CCEI’s eight “Winter in Israel” students arrived in Tel Aviv to be welcomed by CCEI Managing Director Michelle Cote and adjunct professor and Partner at Hinckley Allen, Daniel Gottfried. These students will spend the next 10 days traveling through Israel and learning from leaders in technology, business, visiting government offices, large high tech enterprises, venture capital investors, technology accelerators, and academic institutions.
The structure of my program had my academic classes finishing up this past week. Thus, I was quite busy finishing up classes with projects, essays and final exams. The following weekend was the start of my semester break. Continue Reading
Since the Study Abroad program I am a part of has required classes for the first half of the semester and a for-credit internship for the second half, my major courses were in their second-to-last week this past week. Continue Reading
My 5th week in London was rather mellow. The most exciting part was probably going to the Sky Garden. Continue Reading
My fourth week in London was also my first week with a test. That is not exactly interesting but it shows my academics are taking up more of my time.
Anyway, I stayed in London for the entirety of the week. On Thursday I went to see the West End production of Les Miserables. Continue Reading
My third week in London was rather relaxed compared to the first two. I had a full 5 days of classes followed by a weekend in which I stayed in London. I was sure to get in some exploring within the city during the weekend. Continue Reading