- My First Trip out of the United States I think this one is simply explained. Who among us does not want to travel even just a little? While I have had chances to visit Canada, I never crossed the border. Finally I will leave the borders of my homeland and get to experience life in another country.
- The History When I look around the United States, I see a few hundred years of history. But in Israel, that history is much deeper and much richer. Some of the cities and streets that I will walk along, are ten times as old as my country. Imagine yourself 2000 years ago walking on those same cobble stone roads — how different life was all those years ago.
- Masada Building on the previous item, Masada is steeped in history. And the massacre that occurred their is another chapter in the violence linked to the region. I am hoping to see something in this location and gain an understanding in to the mindset of the people who died there. And if all goes well maybe I'll even get to experience something supernatural, as the site is reported to be haunted.
- The Local People For the most part, I think Americans live life closed off to how men and women in other countries experience life. I want to see daily life in the country, how it is different and/or the same as the life that I know.
- The Beauty For most of my life, I have spent time outdoors. Camping, Hiking and Canoeing are all activities that I enjoy. Do a web search for photos of Israel and you will inevitably come across spectacular images. From the pictures that I have seen and from the people whom I have spoken, the landscape and the ancient construction, make for a life changing visual experience.
In less than 5 days, I will be on my way to Israel and I am very eager for the trip. Here are my top 5 reasons for wanting to visit Israel.