Israel has been an unforgettable experience so far and it is crazy that just about half of the trip is already over. Our latest experience was climbing Masada and spending the night in the desert without luxuries such as a bathroom or a comfortable bed to sleep in. Even thought we had to wake up at 3:30 in the morning to start climbing Masada it was completely worth it because once we reached the top and saw the sunrise all of the hard work and tiring journey was worth it. It was incredible to see how history has been preserved in Masada and I think I speak for all of us when I say that I felt so lucky to be there. When we first arrived at the desert we would be sleeping at, we were told that we would be making our own dinner. The staff told us we were making a dish called poyke which is basically a big pot that you put anything in like vegetables, meat, and anything else. At first I was a little worried about how a meal that 40 teens made would turn out but it ended up being delicious. What was even better though was the process of preparing the meal. It was a great bonding experience to work together and cut vegetables, make salad, and prepare all of the ingredients of the dish. After dinner and our nightly night circle we went stargazing. Stargazing was by far my favorite experience so far because it was just outstanding to stand in a desert looking up at the open sky and just not have to worry about anything. Later, when we had to go to sleep we all just stayed up talking because we only have so much time to spend time with the Israelis and it was a great way to end the night. I am so glad that we are not only Baltimore and Ashkelon, but Ashkemore and I am excited to see how much more connected we will all be by the end of this trip.