Hiking the Zafitan; Eating Falafels


Submitted by Kayla Bakhshian, Class of 2015

We had a (super) early start to our jam packed day. The day began with a trip to the Golan to hike the Zafitan. While there were many times where I personally felt like I had to push myself, the rocky hike was well worth every single one of those moments. There were beautiful views and stops including two swims in a river running through the mountain. Another bonus was that the group became tighter as we all helped eachother through the steeper and more difficult parts of the hike.

After a long and exciting hike we boarded the bus and headed to a Druze village to eat what some call "The Best Falafel in Israel".  They were delicious to say the least.

As if all of that wasn't enough, there was much more in store for the rest of the day. Bus 997's next journey included kayaking along the Jordan river and zip lining. Kayaking was quite the adventure due to the plethora of Israeli school children splashing us all as we struggled to get through the river.

From our water park adventure we headed to a mall to grab dinner and do a bit of shopping. When we got back to the Kibbutz we met briefly to share our thoughts on our trip so far and what we have learned and hope to learn.

Overall it was an exhausting but amazing day!

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