. Our bus trip stops at Gadot which is the site of battle during I believe the Yom Kippour War the Israeli’s fought to keep this part of their land and a memorial is set up in their honor. While we are walking around I notice signs that say danger and I ask one of the soldiers what this means and he tells me anything beyond the barbed wire fence may have land mines and have not been checked yet. But I also see this where the cows are roaming and not only roaming but this is the fence that keeps them in the pasture. The soldiers said that when a cow accidentally blows up they call it a mis-steak, all the vegetarians on the trip thought that joke was hilarious. Now on to Jerusalem and we had the chance to meet with an Israeli dance instructor who spent some time in England, so her Israeli and English accent was very interesting. But we got the quick run though of music in Israel. And unfortunately they also went through the boy band stage which may have been even worse than the Americans. After this wonderful demonstration we have our first real night with the Israeli soldiers and we have a great hotel room party that may have disturbed a few guests until the wee hours of the morning, but you can’t get a group of 20 somethings together and tell them not to party.
We drove north towards the Lebanon border and the Golan Heights to go on a bike ride. During our drive up we are warned that the weather is not very good and the bike trip might get cancelled, and we all beg to make it happen. Our other option is a historical movie and I absolutely do not want to do that, this is Israel Outdoors lets suck it up guys and go for it. The day turned out to be beautiful and the bike ride was great through avocado orchards and looking out to the Golan Heights; I was really happy that we made it happen. For lunch I had my first laffa experience which is a kebab on steroids filled with so much stuff and again I loved it, there is nothing you can put in a kebab that would not make it taste good. I also had a chance to see how much this state loves the Taglit Birthright business as a guy was dancing around trying to get us to buy falafel and had a giant sign that said welcome Taglit. Then we moved on to a mid day wine tour, nothing like a little booze in the afternoon to make the day go right. The wine wasn’t bad but free samples are always great and so is a free wine glass so overall a great success