I just got back from my first solo trek in Israel. Spent a lot of time in different parts of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Tiberias, and Tel Aviv. Each moment was special, but I wanted to take a moment to briefly highlight Tiberias:
For those who don’t know, Tiberias is a small city on the side of a mountain, right on the Sea of Galilee (locally called the ‘Kinneret.’)
The current city was founded about 2,000 years ago, which is also when a certain Rabbi began his ministry throughout that region, interpreting Torah in synagogues and healing those who were sick. The whole concept of staying in a quiet, little fishing village with such historical and spiritual significance was phenomenal to experience… up close and personal.
I made a valiant attempt at speaking mostly Hebrew while in Tiberias ~ As it turns out, once you get outside of major touristy cities like Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, there’s not a ton of English happening. I made plenty of mistakes, but making mistakes is what makes you grow!
**Side note: I read somewhere recently that language is the only thing worth knowing badly. Whadduyou think of that? In my opinion, getting the chance to communicate with people in different cultures makes it 1000% worth it, even if you only know a little! And it’s good to know how to tell the bus driver where to let you off 👌🏼 **
My apartment was a couple of blocks from the sea… complete with a stunning view of the sunrise, the most gorgeous piano, and a balcony sukkah! (not pictured, but homey and cool)
I had the chance to explore off-the-beaten-path, swim in the sea, soak in a restored Roman-era mineral therapy hot tub (um, woah!), and have deep conversations with some very nice people in town.
Here’s the balcony and sunrise view from the apartment: