University of Haifa International School Student Blog
This past weekend, the international school had our second and last weekend hike for the semester. We went to the Dead Sea and it was my first time visiting it. We left Friday morning it took approximately three hours to arrive and most of us were sleeping the whole way. When we arrived, we started our hike up rocky mountain in the Judean Desert. It was a little challenging since the hike involved climbing rocks but it was all worth it. The short hike had breathtaking views and when we go to the top we could see the south end of the Dead Sea in the distance. After our hike, we headed to the Dead Sea where we would be bathing in it. When we go there my friends and I bought some mud to put on and then we went into the sea. It was so cool to see the mounds of salt on the side. When I got in and sat down I instantly began to float. It was one of the coolest feelings ever, I felt like a feather. When it was time to go, I rinsed myself and my skin felt very soft. Sunset came very soon since were down in the valley so the sun began to set around 15:00. At that time, we were on our way to our camping site and when we arrived we had about an hour to set our things and then we all began to prepare dinner, just like last hike. Once again it was a very delicious meal and we finished the night with a bonfire, tea, and s’mores. The next morning, we packed up, had breakfast, and went on to our next hike. This hike was longer than the day before, but it was still amazing. We had the chance to bathe in an oasis with clear water. After all of this, we continued to the end of our hike and returned to Haifa. It was again a fun, memorable, and adventurous weekend. On Sunday night, I headed out to the German Colony to see the decorations that have been hung for the festival of festivals here in Haifa. It was nice to see all the lights since it sets the ambience for the holidays. That, with a hot chocolate, was the cherry on top to a great weekend.