I got to explore the Negev last weekend with our program. From nearly falling off cliffs to breaking my phone to dancing on tanks to seeing a dead guy to eating way too spicy peppers, it was quite a 3 days.
Keep reading for more, but beware, this post is EXTREMELY image heavy.
Our first stop was Makhtesh Ramon, a crater in the Negev that along with the surrounding areas is the largest national park in Israel. We nearly gave Itzhik, our saintly madrich, a heart attack playing around near the edge of the crater. (And there were more Ibex.)
So we played ‘Jeopardy.’ And I dropped my phone out of a tree while photographing it, destroying the screen and leaving me phoneless for a week. (Pro-tip: Don’t break a Verizon-specific Samsung Galaxy or else you’ll spend nearly $200 getting the screen replaced…)
After sleeping from 7am-11am, we had lunch and then went off to visit a winery, goat & sheep farm, and the tomb of David Ben Gurion.
I figured it wasn’t a good sign when an army commander came out distributing sufganiyot to people stuck in traffic. We found ways to pass the time, though.
And then, after about 3.5 hours, the road was opened. Thinking the scene had been cleared, I was pretty surprised to see the van still on the road with the dead driver inside, bullet hole visible in the door.
And releasing pigeons.
Ultimately, the trip ended with some incredible experiences, and an even incredibler secret santa present: