Whew, I'm pooped! Today we woke up at 5 a.m. to hike Masada and see the sun rise. It was so beautiful. The expansive canyon paired with the uninterrupted view of the sun was breathtaking. Completely worth the sleep deprivation. After Masada, we floated in the Dead Sea! Feeling so buoyant in a body of water is a surreal experience. However, we had to buy the mud, that seemed silly to me. Afterwards we made the long trek to Eilat, the southernmost point in Israel. We stayed the night and went out together in the resort-like town.
Yesterday we hiked through Tzfahot, a canyon near the Red Sea. We could see Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia from the top! Afterward we took a boat out on the Red Sea and went snorkeling and swam! Last night we camped in a Bedouin tent in the Negev, which felt like an authentic experience. 41 bodies under one tent is unforgettable. We also enjoyed a traditional Bedouin dinner and were treated to their hospitality. We began our morning riding camels through the desert and later visited a lemon farm.
We are back in Tel Aviv for our last night on birthright. Our journey has gone by so quickly and I'm sad to see it go. I have made 41 new friends and I feel so grateful to be able to have had this experience. I'm extending my trip in Tel Aviv for two days and will be doing a Seder with my birthright friends in the city. I'll report back on my first Seder in Israel!