Though I have no idea how I'm still jet-lagged two weeks later... I wouldn't trade my time in Israel for anything. We rode camels, swam in the Dead Sea, climbed Masada and toured the Old City. Every day was packed with sight seeing and group activities but it was also an educational experience. Most of us on the trip had never been to Israel before, and even those who had, took advantage of the opportunity to learn everything we could about our Jewish identity and heritage.
After I came back to Chicago, everyone asked me what my favorite part of the trip was, and I could never give an honest answer. Whenever I thought I had it figured out, I would remember the comedy show in Tel Aviv, star gazing in the desert, or playing soccer with Ethiopian children in Kiryat Gat.
While the things we did on the trip were spectacular, I'm convinced that it was the amazing people on Bus 152 that made my experience that much better. Meeting the Israeli soldiers and learning about life in the army was eye-opening. There is no doubt in my mind I'll go back to Israel, and when I do, I'll have friends waiting to welcome me.