Today involved a lot of travel! We left Masada this morning for the two hour drive to Tel Aviv where we enjoyed a walking tour of Old Yafo. We walked along the water, learned about the history of the area, got a close up look at the gentrification and the rebuilding of the area and enjoyed seeing the contrast of the old and the new as we looked up the coast towards Tel Aviv.
Following our tour, we were treated to a special lunch in Tel Aviv--some of us opted for schwarma and others opted for pizza. Both options were great and were a nice change of pace from the youth hostel food that we had been eating. From lunch, we headed to the Palmach Museum. The Palmach was the elite unit of the underground military organization of the Jewish community prior to the founding of the State of Israel.
From the museum, we headed north towards Kibbutz Gonen, where we will be spending the night. On the way, we were welcomed with open arms to our tour guide's house. Thanks to Avner and his wife for opening their home to us in such a warm way.
We ended our day with a celebration of Tu B'Shvat--where else but Israel to enjoy all of the fruits from the trees but directly where they are grown? And, truth be told, they all taste better here in Israel!
Tomorrow we will finally have the opportunity to meet our new Israeli friends from Ironi Gimmel, enjoy some wonderful home hospitality and of course do some more shopping!
To see today's video, click here. Looking forward to tomorrow and to spending another Shabbat in Israel!
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