All posts tagged: israel

Kibbutz Lotan

Located in the middle of the desert in the south of Israel, we stopped for a night at Kibbutz Lotan on our way to Eilat. At the time it was a few months before my brother was to start his program there. The Green Apprenticeship, as the course is called is… […] a sustainable development and permaculture design course. The GA trains apprentices to understand and be able to identify and create sustainable solutions for social, economical and ecological issues facing critical industries such as agriculture, water, energy, waste management, construction, and more. And what a magical place it is! Surrounded by desert and mountains, there was so much to see and to understand around the kibbutz. My favourite part being the dome shaped ‘eco-huts’ made out of mud  by students. My brother is living in one now and I could not be more jealous. THE ENTIRE STUDENT AREA IS SOLAR POWERED! 🙂 Thanks to the unrelenting desert sun this is possible. They also have washing machines powered by bicycles, pretty darn cool. And it …

Tel Aviv Favorite: Nanuchka

Last week, before leaving Israel for my two month trip, we went on a walk around Tel Aviv. We started our walk in the Florentin, which made our decision of where to eat quite easy. We had to go to my favourite vegan restaurant Nanuchka. In my experiences dining at vegan restaurants, some dishes can be great but others on the menu, not so much. At Nanuchka I have never been disappointed. I love the entire menu. The restaurant serves Georgian cuisine, and for many years it was anything but vegan, offering traditional Georgian dishes made with meat, eggs, and dairy. In 2014 the owner of Nanuchka, Nana Shrier, made the very daring switch to make her restaurant 100% vegan. And it seems to be a roaring success, the place is always bustling and alive. The best part is that the food is real food! No over use of imitation meats or soy products. All the dishes are made with tons of fresh veggies and love! I would say that it is one of the most popular restaurants …

Scuba in the Red Sea

I think this past week has been one of the most adventure packed weeks of my life. 🙂 Since Sunday I’ve been in Eilat with my family. It’s my first time here so I wasn’t sure what to expect. From tips I received from friends, I had concluded that you either love or hate Eilat. And after arriving here I think I understand why. Eilat is in the southern most part of Israel. The countries Egypt and Jordan are its borders. First of all, it is hot. Like really hot. Some hotels I think can be crowded with adolescent partiers. So the scene can be kind of loud and intense. BUT, in Eilat, if you go to the right places, and find the right accommodations, the experience can be a wonderful one! Like I’ve been having! 🙂 Luckily we had some friends recommend us some great places. So after finding two beautiful rooms (actually I believe they’re condos), for half the price of a hotel at the Palmerei Suites, we started off our first day at …

Dome of the Rock

Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Har HaBeit (הר הבית), Haram al-Sharif, it goes by many names and has a deep history. Without going into too much detail this Dome of the Rock is the holiest site in Judaism. It is believed that at this spot all of creation took place from the creation stone. The first and second Jewish Temples once stood there. Now stands there the Dome in the center, one of the oldest Islamic structures. And on the south side sits a mosque. Now on the mount only Muslims are allowed to pray, which is cause for a lot of controversy in Israel. I was unsure about visiting the mount, it is not a common or recommended thing for most Israelis or Jews to do. When entering through security I was listening to a tour guide prep his group before entering. He double checked several times, asking if anyone was Jewish, if anybody was carrying something religious that was not Muslim, no bibles, or kippas, no rosaries. He didn’t want any trouble …

Jerusalem: The Old City, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Wall

My Mommy has finally arrived! Now my twin and I are taking her around to see the sights. We’ve started here in Jerusalem which my brother knows very well. He has been volunteering at an archaeological dig site next to the wall for the last five months. So we are very lucky to have our own personal tour guide. We dove right in to site seeing on the first day. It was made easy by the perfect location of our hotel, right on King George St., in the center of all the action. The name City Center Hotel doesn’t lie. This hotel is perfect! Superb location, great staff, and the rooms are modern, clean, with the comforts of home. I would call this place a hidden gem, nested in the heart of King George St. in the center of Jerusalem. It’s surrounded by restaurants and cafes, the light rail is just around the corner. It was lovely to wake up in the morning, walk outside and find a cafe to sit at, and enjoy some …

Masada

Taking a break from lounging at the Dead Sea we jumped in the car and went looking for some adventure. We came to the sign for Masada and made a turn for it. I had been there once before two years ago when I was on a ten day tour throughout Israel. That time we had hiked up the other side instead of taking the 3 minute rail car. King Herod built the fortress on this flat piece of mountain in 30 BCE. His palace was located on the northern side. Equipped with bath house, store rooms, mikveh pools which you can still see the remains. We watched the seven minute video before taking the lift up to learn some more about the history of the place. I was shocked when they showed pictures of pottery that was found that had names written in Hebrew. The story of Masada is quite tragic. It was in the year of 73 when the, almost 1,000, people on top of Masada commit suicide rather than be taken by …