With 70 of my classmates, 5 of them (Israelis) showed us the “real” Israel. It so amazing to experience the country from an “insider’s perspective” and see it with my two eyes and not just what I see on TV or read in the news.
The 10 days there was extreme…jam packed to see the entire country. Here’s a brief highlight of our itinerary.
- Tel Aviv
- Yad Vashem (Holocaust museum)
- Meeting with President Shimon Peres
- Dead Sea
- MIT Alumni meeting and talk by Stanley Fischer (Governor of the Bank of Israel)
- Night in the desert – Bedouin style
- Hiking and Sunrise at Masada
- Day in Nazareth
- Visits to rising companies in Israel (Better Place, Prime Sense)
One story. During our time in Jerusalem, there was a bombing. And the odd thing (to me) was that nothing stopped. The country just kept running like any other day. Days after, we even passed by the spot on our bus on the way to the next stop. This experience showed me a lot about the people there. TheÂ resilienceÂ that IF they were to change the way the live, even for Â a moment, then they will be giving in. This just says so much about the mentality of the people, and the how the country, despite everything heard on the news, is one of the most innovative in the world.
One thing I learned. Falafels areÂ delicious. Never had falafels taste so good in my life.
Below are a few pictures to share, but overall, an eye-opening experience and wouldÂ recommendÂ it to anybody.
The beach in Tel-Aviv
Riding camels in the desert
An oasis in the desert
The Hanging Gardens of Haifa