(Updated) Back From Israel: I Fell In Love

I returned on Tuesday, February 11th to the US from my week in Israel. I must say that it was probably the greatest trip I have taken so far in my life. The people are so welcoming, the scenery is stunning, and the food is delicious. From the moment I saw it from the window of the plane as we were landing at Ben Gurion until the moment I boarded the plane at night early Tuesday, I was hooked. I cannot wait to return again. Being in Israel made me feel amazing. There are vacations that as they end, you get a bummed out feeling about leaving, but with Israel, I felt actual sadness that I had to leave. I just want to find a job at an internet start-up and move there.

I wanted to share some of the photos I took while in Israel (Updated with additional pictures February 18, 2014):

Neve Midbar @ The Dead Sea
Neve Midbar @ The Dead Sea
Me @ The Western Wall
Me @ The Western Wall
Neve Tzedek neighborhood
Neve Tzedek neighborhood in Tel Aviv
The Sea Mosque - Jaffa
The Sea Mosque – Jaffa
Alleyway in Old Jaffa
Alleyway in Old Jaffa
The hills from Yad Vashem
The hills from Yad Vashem
Western Wall
Western Wall
Judean Desert at Sea Level
Judean Desert at Sea Level
Tel Aviv from Jaffa
Tel Aviv from Jaffa
Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv
Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv
Sunset from the Sea Executive Suites - Tel Aviv
Sunset from the Sea Executive Suites – Tel Aviv
Christian Quarter - Old City
Christian Quarter – Old City
View from Tower of David Museum
View from Tower of David Museum
Christian Quarter - Old City
Christian Quarter – Old City
Tel Aviv beach morning
Tel Aviv beach morning
Old City
Old City
Carmel Market - Tel Aviv
Carmel Market – Tel Aviv
Flags at Tower of David
Flags at Tower of David
Old City from Tower of David
Old City from Tower of David
Dusk at Sea Executive Suites - Tel Aviv
Dusk at Sea Executive Suites – Tel Aviv

I am so excited to return to Israel. It was an experience that I can’t stop talking about. Words can’t describe the feeling you get the first time you see the Western Wall in person… Magical.

About the Author
Ryan Fagan is originally from Southwest Florida, and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is employed in the financial sector and is active at Shir Tikvah, his Reform shul. He recently converted to Judaism after being raised in a Catholic household. He also goes by his Hebrew name, Aviv.
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