The North week began after our first free weekend following Gadna. All of my friends and I were glad to escape the army and enjoy a week of touring in northern israel. During the week we visited one of the Druze villages. It was nice to be able to see the way in which these villagers live, eat, and practice religious customs.
The following day consisted of Arab/Jewish discussion and cave rappelling. The Arabic girls and my American peers compared customs in our religions, one being dating. Their parents do not allow the girls to date until they leave for college. We were also told that some of their classmates secretly have boyfriends and girlfriends. Although it would be difficult to follow these Arabic customs, I respect and admire them.
Water rafting in the Jordan river and the Banyas hike occurred later in the week. I personally love hiking, but the unbearable heat made the hike more challenging.
A BBQ was prepared for us as soon as we arrived at the kinneret, as well as a beach party at night. After an eventful night, we fell asleep under the stars. I woke up the next morning with eleven mosquito bites- most of which have unfortunately not yet gone away. The Mefakdim finally allowed us to enter the water and take part in the extreme water sports. Hiking in the Magrase river concluded north week.
~ Michelle Abramov, Machlaka 2