Young Ambassadors Update: Day 12

24 Jun

Waking up at 4AM is rarely something to brag about. In fact, the facial expressions of everyone on the bus this morning seemed to indicate that they agreed completely with my desire to stay in bed. However, despite our grogginess, we all wanted to see the sunrise atop Masada, and our 30 minute bus ride and 300 foot hike gave us just that.

Masada, while beautiful, bears a great variety of intimidating inclines and uneven stairs leading to the top. Now about 4:30AM, we were motivated solely by the streaks of pink already making their way up the mountain.
After sunrise, the Israeli heat quickly took over, but we spent our morning reading scripts as we individually portrayed people like King Herod and his Queen as we walked through their ancient palace.

At around 7AM, we were faced with a 1,000 foot descent, which took about 45 minutes. Climbing down took far longer then coming up did. Once we reached the bottom, we ate breakfast at the Masada guest hotel. We then arrived at a hiking park, and swam in an oasis. While an oasis sounds glamorous, it’s really just a small pond of water in the middle of the desert.

After hiking back from the oasis, we got back onto the bus and went to visit the Ahava factory where we learned about the Dead Sea and the cosmetics that the factory produces and how they benefit your skin. Then we went to the sea and we all put mud all over us and then went into the sea to wash it off and float around. The water was really cool to float in but we didn’t stay in long because the water burns. After lunch we went back to the hotel to shower and rest for a few hours until dinner. After dinner we had a really amazing speaker named Neil Lazarus who spoke to us about current events in Israel. He was very entertaining and we all enjoyed his perspective. We all then promptly went to bed due to our exhaustion from waking up so early that morning. Although it was hard to start off the day, in the end it was worth it.

Julie L. and Maia Z. are participants on the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Program.

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