Hey there, readers! I'm back from my 10 day long Birthright excursion to Israel! Well, actually I got back to the US on Sunday, but I have been so tired since then that I wasn't able to write a post for you. I kept a journal of all of the activities we did every day, so my plan is to share my experiences with you in segments. This post is just a broad summary.
Overall, the trip was pretty good. We were extremely busy all day (and all night), so instead of being 10 days it felt like there was just 1 long day with a few 4-hour naps throughout the day. However, I made a lot of friends-- to be honest, it would probably have been harder not to make friends than to make friends when you share a bus and, with a few, a hotel room with 38 others. Even though the trip was organized through my uni's Hillel, there were some participants that go to a different school which was kind of disappointing-- I was hoping that we'd all be from the same uni. But nevertheless, I made a lot of friends from uni, and I think that I may keep in touch with them during the school year.
Eating in Israel was up and down. The first few days I had a really hard time in terms of accepting my weight and not restricting, so I was really nervous that the whole trip would be like that. Also, it was really hard to figure out how much I was supposed to eat, so I eventually just ate "intuitively" (or as intuitively as possible for a girl that has a very difficult time deciphering and listening to her hunger/fullness signals). I also stopped weighing myself. A few days later, I was sure I had gained weight so I weighed myself and I was at a (relatively) "good" number! I don't know how that is possible because I definitely ate more there than I do when I'm home, but at the same time we were extremely active and hot the whole trip so maybe my metabolism increased. I hope so!
Like eating, my mood was up and down throughout the trip. The activities did a pretty good job of distracting me from my thoughts, but there were times, especially towards the end of the trip, when I was feeling kind of low because I was in desperate need of some alone time and a break. But looking back on things, I wasn't significantly more depressed than I am back here in the States. Probably about equal.
Well, that's all for now. Stay tuned for some posts going into more detail.