I have been remiss! It is already May 6. The month of April was a complete whirlwind. When last I blogged, I had just completed the first part of Spring Break. Since then, we’ve had Spring Break Part 2, a bout of strep throat, a trip to Switzerland, a very long weekend in Tel Aviv and a fantastic two-day trip to northern Israel for hiking and sight-seeing. For now, though, let’s pic up where I left off, heading to Petach Tikvah for Seder.
My friend Eva and I spent two nights with some of David’s extended family for a wonderful Seder. It was Eva’s first ever, and my first not with a hundred or more people. And it was delightful. What was really the most wonderful was being around a family full of warmth and tradition, with little kids to entertain with silly songs and an actual home, instead of a dorm room, hotel or hostel.
Post-Seder, we headed to Eilat (where we were that one night after the desert hike) where Eva and I met up with four more friends for a week in a “family room” at a hostel and lazy days of laying on the beach, sitting in coffee shops and wandering the boardwalk.
It was such a relaxing few days. The weather was hot and beautiful and it was a classic spring break experience (minus excessive amounts of any sort of beverage because we are on a budget). My favorite day was when we went snorkeling at a coral reserve. It was my first time snorkeling and it was awesome, but not so easy at first. Telling yourself that it’s OK to breathe under water and that you won’t choke takes some time. But as soon as you can relax and enjoy just how amazing it is, it is super. We saw the entire cast of “Finding Nemo” and many other types of coral and fish, including these really creepy but cool bright purple jellyfish. This is a picture of the beach where the snorkeling happened.
In Eilat, the group I was with also decided to get matching friendship bracelets as a cheap but memorable souvenir of the time in Eilat and in Israel in general.
So what is the message of the spring break of eternal relaxation and wandering? I love vacations as much as the next person, but I also really enjoy my productive time! But holy moly, there’s nothing quite as comfortable and napping in the sand.
Let’s let this post sit for a few hours, and we’ll pick up on the next big adventure.