Stephanie's Corner- Israel!

"Stephanie's Corner" is a new bi-monthly blog post by Stephanie Schechter where she will share adventures, advice, loves, and more! Tune in every other Monday to get acquainted to "Stephanie's Corner"! Her first week details her recent trip is Israel!

Last week, I returned home to California after a two week journey through the amazing nation of Israel. I went through my school, UC Santa Barbara, on a group trip with 35 other students, FOR FREE! Because I’m Jewish! Totally radical!

In Israel, you must join the army when you are 18, and serve for 2-3 years, before going to college, so most Israeli soldiers are the same age as American college students! For 5 days of the trip, seven Israeli soldiers joined us, and it was amazing to see how similar they are to me. They are my new best friends!

We went around the entire country (its not a very big place) in a bus, and did everything from riding camels in the Negev and covering ourselves with mud at the Dead Sea, to hitting the beach in Tel Aviv, and checking out the ancient city of Jerusalem.

Also, the food there is AMAZING. Israeli salad is simple and delicious, made with just cucumbers, red onion, tomato, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, and a dash of salt and pepper. It is common to enjoy a salad like that for lunch, along with a blended coffee drink.

Halva is a hybrid of cake and candy, made mostly with sesame seeds! It is often combined with other flavors to create a delicious treat.

I do have to say, I’m pretty sure my favorite snack in Israel was the ice cream. BEST. ICE CREAM. EVER. I may never eat American ice cream again… Okay, well, who am I kidding, we all know I’ll eat any ice cream, any time.

Overall, I had an amazing time exploring a beautiful country. I can’t wait to go back!

By Stephanie Schechter

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