Finally Here!

Well I have finally made it to Israel!! It has been a long time coming. I’ve only been here for 12 hours but I am already having an amazing time. Let’s start from the beginning.
My wonderful mom drove me to New York City on Wednesday. We hit SO much traffic, and had to drive through down pouring rain! It took us 6 hours…it should have taken us around 3 1/2. When we got to Times Square, it was hopping. We walked around for a little, made sure we hit the important places— the Hershey’s store and the M&M store. Then we exchanged some money for me and had dinner! I was really nervous, so when we got back to the hotel I took a shower and slept.

The next morning at 6am, we drove to JFK airport. I met up with Amanda, another girl on the team, as I checked in. It was really hard to say goodbye to my mom, but having another player with me helped. We waited and waited and waited….there were so many people on our flight..it was a double decker plane! We met up with another teammate, Ali, before we got on the plane.

When on the plane, I tried to sleep, but of course I was in the middle seat, so every time I would doze off I would jerk awake thinking I was falling on to someone. I actually slept through our first meal! Luckily I had the gold fish Amy Rice gave me 🙂

I watched Bridesmaids, listened to the Israel National Anthem, Kevin Hart stand up and other stuff to get me through the 10 hour flight. It was fine.
When we landed I was so relieved. It took a little while to get through customs, but I made it! Luckily my phone worked, also because I was able to text my mom and dad.

Katie and Julia picked us up from the airport. That night everything stayed open all night, I forget what it was called, but there were people EVERYWHERE…and it was 4am!
We finally got to the embassy, I got to my room and fell asleep!

When I woke up this morning, a bunch of us went to this street that sells art and food on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. It was awesome but crazy!! I was too overwhelmed to buy anything.

Now we are back at the embassy and I am going to take a nap before practice and Shabbat dinner. I miss everyone at home, and I hope my Hero’s girls are doing well in their game right now!!!

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4 thoughts on “Finally Here!

  1. That ride to NY was CRAZY, but at least we didn’t have to panic about getting there by any specific time. It was nice to be able to spend the last couple of hours with you. I know you must have been nervous about going, but we managed to have a great time.
    Meeting Amanda was a big relief for me. She is so sweet and friendly! The fact that she has been to Israel and had family there was reassuring for me.
    So happy to hear that everything is going well. You should get a chance to rest up from your grueling trip on Shabbat.
    Enjoy this…you earned it!!!
    See you next week,
    Love,
    Mom

  2. DAVIAAA

    I cant believe it took you 6 hours, that ride can be terrible (I know from experience) especially when it rains..I wish I was able to work it out where I got to see you guys in NYC but I’m so happy you made it safely. The trip sounds amazing and eventful so far already…. you must of been really overwhelmed if even you weren’t able to shop haha keep updating on here! Cant wait to hear all about it and like your mom said enjoy this because you definitely did earn it !! Stay safe Love youuuuu!!

    Kellly kellllyyy

  3. Hi Davia
    this is Riley. i just wanted to tell u that we all really miss u cheering for us on the sidelines. We listened and played hard this weekend. Coach Mallory and Caroline did very well coaching. I am getting better at the draw too. BTW Kennedys team won the championship. Have Fun!!!!!!
    Love
    Riley #22

    • OMG I miss you girls so much! I am so happy to read this! I heard you girls played so well and I am very proud!! I bet you are getting great at draws. Tell Kennedy congrats and I can’t wait to see you when I get back !

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