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!!!