May 14 Carly Hellstrom

By May 16, 2015Birthright 2015

11295643_2905543313129_7746940867991572876_nToday is the anniversary of Israel’s Independence as the first jewish state. It’s also the day we have to say goodbye to the Israeli soldiers. I wasn’t ready for that. We did get to share our last moments with them at Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. The speaker had my Hebrew name, Noga. Twins!

Not like its a surprise, but rachel and I can’t stop eating. We had a delicious lunch at Benedict’s and got free pancakes because our food was late. Hell yes. Free & food are my two favorite things. Blake and I took about 100 selfie’s today. He’s working on his model face…. So as I said, about 100 pictures and more to come. Camel riding is tonight, so were hoping to take THE pic then.

I didn’t think I would get as emotional as I did when the Israeli soldiers left. It’s kind of hard to put into words how I felt, but we had something special. In such a short period of time, they became apart of our family. Dor gave me his dog tag from his unit in the Navy. I have it around my neck and have no plans to take it off. I’ll never forget them. Luckily, we’re all FB friends so we’ll stay in touch forever.

After we had to part ways with the Israeli’s, we went to the home for Save a Child’s Heart. It. was. amazing. It just reminded me how many incredible people there are in this world. They live to give and it’s a beautiful thing. I played basketball with a little boy named Joshua. I could’ve done that for hours.

We’re back on the bus for about two hours now. Even though bus rides are miserable, it’s never a dull moment with this group. We just have to sleep with one eye open because Adam keeps taking close up pictures of people passed out. We’re an attractive bunch.

I’m so excited to ride the camels and sleep in the Bedouin tents. More importantly, I heard the dinner is the best meal on this trip. Literally can’t wait.

I don’t want to think about the trip being over because I already saw how emotional I was with the Israel’s. I’m just not ready for this trip to end.

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