This past weekend was absolutely wonderful! The enitre department of overseas studies (about 95 students from around the world) took a trip to Tzfat, Mt. Hermon, and Banias.
Tzfat is the city of Jewish mysticism, and one of the four traditional Jewish holy cities. It was clear walking through the streets that there is something special about the area. It is nestled between mountains and filled with artists, musicians, and history.
We camped overnight under the stars at a place called Nebi Chazuri. The next morning, we woke up early and began a full day hike along the border of the Golan Heights and the Galilee. We climbed on one of the lower ridges of Mount Hermon (the tallest mountain in Israel), and there we saw the remains of a Muslim fortress built around 1100 CE.
The last leg of our hike was through Banias, which is the home to an active river and waterfall. The entire day was filled with natural beauty.
On a different note, my Arabic class has now begun. I'm excited to be learning another language and delving into another culture.
That's all for now. Dinner calls!
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