I would like to start out my first ever blog post by letting everyone know that I have never been outside of North America! I have never flown across the ocean and that makes me pretty nervous D: But I'm VERY excited to visit Israel and Turkey over the next 2+weeks. I feel as though I'm not fully academically prepared for this trip because I still feel naive to what's been going on in the Middle East. I know I probably cannot make a real difference in peace-making over there but I really hope to at least bring home evidence that we should NOT be prejudice against those who are different from us. Our group is participating in a lot of Interfaith dialogue so hopefully I can be active in that and bring all of that home with me.
On a lighter note, I'm sitting in the New York JFK airport waiting for everyone else to arrive from Rochester. It worked out a lot better for my family if I flew out of Syracuse and met everyone here, however, now I have almost 4 hours to kill. All well :) That's what books are for!
Dr. Eisen told us to travel lightly and I think I have accomplished that! I have one 35lbs suitcase and one backpack (that's my carry-on). I fit about ten days worth of clothes in my suitcase but brought some woolite hand-washing soap :) Mom was proud. That's all for now, I'll post again after we've safely landed in Tel Aviv, Israel!!!