Mamas and Papas,
It is your favorite family again. We are so sad this trip is coming to a close. Despite our seemingly eclectic group, interactions with other Birthright groups have shown us that we are 187% sure to be the best group Birthright has ever seen. (Double check those numbers, though.) Since we got off our El Al flight in Israel, we haven’t stopped laughing and having fun.
This morning we woke up bright and chipper at 4:15 a.m. A solid 6 hours of sleep...maybe!! We “Ran” to the top of Masada to see the sunrise—probably the most cardio we have done this trip (besides the laughing, of course).
After watching the pretty fuscias and yellows in the sky, we read your letters. [NC Hillel staff ask Birthright participants' parents to write letters to their children, to be distributed to them to read atop Masada. Parents reflect on a range of topics, encouraging students to remember their family at home, their connection to Israel and the Jewish people, and their family's history. It is an NC Hillel Birthright Israel tradition that many participants cite as a favorite memory.] In case we haven’t told you yet, we are all alive and well even though we haven’t had access to WiFi in 2 days (#StruggleBus).
We just finished some time at the Dead Sea and are heading to Tel Aviv. We ate probably our sixth or ninth schwarma and falafel. Maybe we needed that cardio...
Tonight will be our last night out. We are excited for some fun AND we get to sleep in tomorrow!! (Any time after 4:15 is good with us...)
It has been a tiring but worthwhile trip. We will see you so soon!!! I know it’s hard being away from your angel. We are loving the #IsraeliLife and don’t want to leave.
Sending love from the Holy Land,
P.S. We are trying to recover from saying goodbye to our Israeli soldiers who have become part of our Mishpacha forever.