Lots of Sun and Water

We had a very nice time on our vacation up north. Every year I learn from the mistakes of previous years and we fine-tune the itinerary.

Many people go camping when going up north – but it is not a vacation for me if I have to sleep on the ground! So we usually stay at a Beit Sefer Sadeh (field school). These field schools offer a room with up to six beds (some bunks), a bathroom and shower, a small refrigerator, and breakfast (kosher, in most cases, but usually Rabbanut). The rates are cheaper than the usual tzimmerim (fancier bed and breakfast places). I don’t need a jacuzzi, and since we don’t have a tv at home I don’t need one on vacation either! So the field school is a good fit for us. (In my experience, especially in the summer, 90% of the clientel is religious, so there is no fear of not having a minyan either).

We did rafting again on the Hatzbani – this time the long route. The water was freezing – but that didn’t stop my boys from getting out of the boat and swimming around (which is somewhat hard with a life vest on). They thought I was a wimp for not doing it too – so I had to explain the physics of skirts floating upwards in the water and how that wasn’t exactly modest. Anyway, I like being paddled down the river – I don’t need to get completely soaked in order to enjoy.

We went swimming in the Kinneret – which is just as sorry as last year. We really need to pray for rain people!!!! We also tried Nachal Snir for the first time. I made the mistake of wearing cheap plastic shoes – which were not really sturdy enough for walking over the rocks – but they did dry out fast enough. Next year I will just have to go for sneakers and have something to change into afterwards.

We did the chocolate factory in the Golan again (DeKarina, in Ein Zivan). I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the hashgacha is Eida HaCharedit and OK, so my oldest son, the Chabadnik (as of three years ago) could eat the chocolates. During the tour there is a part with tasting, and each group of five people get a plate with various kinds of chocolates. Israelis must have their taste buds ruined by chocolate spread (I never touch the stuff!) because the group next to us actually turned up their noses at the chocolate! We gladly “volunteered” to finish their samples.

We also toured the old city of Zfat and some of the artist galleries, which we have never done before.

All in all we had a great time.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jack
    Aug 20, 2009 @ 07:46:46

    Sounds like a great trip.

  2. rickismom
    Aug 20, 2009 @ 14:18:59

    glad you had a nice time

  3. keren
    Aug 23, 2009 @ 11:14:41

    Sounds lovely
    Which field school did you find that was not expensive?
    We were in a lovely Zimmer for 8 people at 800 NIS. All the field schools seemed to come out more.

  4. westbankmama
    Aug 24, 2009 @ 12:54:23

    keren – we were in Katzrin.

  5. lynne
    Aug 24, 2009 @ 14:22:12

    Years ago I volunteered for a month at the dig at Katzrin, and we stayed at the field school. It was absolutely lovely, and I am delighted to hear about your recent stay.

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