Day 35 - Eilat Water Sports and Ice Skating (Lehava)
Today was the day we had all been waiting for. It was the day in which we would finally go to the one and only, Eilat. We all hopped on the bus and impatiently sat through the four and a half hour bus drive through the Negev. The Jordanian mountains started to close in and the desert plains faded until we eventually reached our final destination of Eilat.
The bus dropped us off at the beautiful marina pier with crystal clear waters, sunny beaches and friendly faces all around. Eilat to me felt like the Byron Bay of Israel and a pure holiday destination filled with fun.
We all eagerly got our swimmers on and boarded the boat to go on the tubes and banana boats. Everyone had a blast and soaked up the beach day in the sun. Despite our exhaustion from the long journey and hectic schedule I think Eilat was what we all needed.
After the water sports which definitely lived up to its name we went to the hotel to rest up for the mall that night.
The whole 160 kids of IST went to an amazing mall that night in the middle of Eilat with an ice skating rink, an arcade and all the food you could imagine. I ice-skated, went to the arcade, got some tasty dinner, and even had an interesting encounter with these fish that you pay to eat your feet.
The education provided to us really opened my eyes to how lucky we are that we can actually have fun and appreciate such an amazing country. Learning about Israel and how lucky we're to be able to appreciate it made Eilat that much better and enjoyable.
By Isaac Cremer