2 weeks in Israel is not enough.
Before I left I thought birthright would be a fun trip and a free flight across the Atlantic.
Now that I’ve said goodbye to new best friends both American and Israeli who I can’t wait to see again.
I hiked through the desert, spent sunset on a rooftop in Old Jerusalem looking out over the Western Wall, rode a camel, and gained an appreciation for hummus. We did so much in such a short time I think it forced our group to bond quicker than anything I’ve been a part of.
But that’s no excuse for leaving my readers behind.
As I sit here in the airport lounge waiting for my flight to Santorini, recapping everything in my mind, I’m struck by an overwhelming feeling of relaxation. Not like a spa when you take a deep breath and try to clear your mind. It’s more of lack of stress than anything else. I have nowhere I really need to be and no one trying to tell me where to go. I don’t need to check my flight status obsessively in case it’s delayed and I’m going to miss work. This sense of control over my life and every decision is something I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to leave behind. That also means I am accountable only to me, and I am one lazy SOB. I convinced myself that I didn’t want to write any updates for my blog since I was so busy, but the truth is I was relapsing into convienent excuses to get out of “work”.
Moving forward my goal is to try to do entries twice a week. It helps that now I’m with Tanner who just started his own blog and has a similar goal so hopefully we’ll both keep each other in check.
Since nobody cares about my excuses here are some notes from my first 2 days of birthright:
Not to worry, I’ve already written a few pages of my Greece adventure so far that should be getting to you soon – stay tuned!