It’s past 1:30 am and thanks to the promise of a 6:45 am wake up call, everyone seems to now be in bed. We’re in a hotel on Mount Carmel in Haifa now and we’re all looking forward to a fun filled and action packed day tomorrow – highlights will include a hike, a visit to tsfat and more!

Pictured above is (on the left) Momo, the President of Oranim, our Israel trip provider. Today 4 Oranim trips arrived simultaneously and we were all greeted in Kfar Saba by Momo. Momo makes it a point to make himsel known to each and every participant that he brings to Israel. He gave a speech outlining the rules of the trip – you know, don’t do this and don’t do that, but above all the message was about love – his love for his family both immediate and extended, as in every person in that room, the state of Israel andd the Jewish people. I know, I know… that’s alot of love! What can I say? he’s both sincere and charismatic that way.

Pictured on the right is Ofer, our tour guide. He wins for best lines of the day:

“Hello. My name is Ofer. In Hebrew that means Bambi. Don’t call me Bambi. My name is Ofer.”
He later discussed proper attire for hiking: “No flip flops or ting tongs!” Ting tongs is Ofer’s word for tank tops. How adorable!

OK, I will try to be more fun tomorrow…

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.