Israel Uncovered - Day 1 Reflection (we made it safely to Israel!) by UPenn Student


A guest post by Kristina Pelekoudas, a University of Pennsylvania student and attendee on Israel Uncovered: Campus Leaders Mission After careful planning, extensive preparation, and unbearable excitement, the day is finally here! We all made it safely to Israel and are so excited for the days ahead of us.

This was my first international flight and I must say, while the eleven seats across were incredible, the ten hours of sitting and attempting to sleep were not so great. Luckily, Delta supplied us all with about 100 movie choices and the people who had a difficult time sleeping (or forgot sleeping medicine) bonded quickly. It has been only a little over a day and I already feel so close to the amazing students on this trip. I am amazed at not only the diversity of the group, but of the quality of each individual and how easily we have all bonded.

Today, after landing and riding into Jerusalem, the bus brought us to a beautiful location, Haas Promenade, overlooking the entire city. Our wonderful tour guide, Yael, pointed out all of the locations and explained their religious and cultural importance. Tomorrow, we have a long fun filled day of touring the Old City, Jewish Quarter, Hadassah Hospital, German Colony, and the Western Wall Tunnels.

Stay tuned to hear how it goes!

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