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Ben Peter is the manager and owner of The Photohouse, a cultural institution known for its iconic images and historical impact on the new State of Israel. he is also the grandson of the original founders, Miriam and Rudi Weissenstein, who photographed some of Tel Aviv's most iconic images and created more than one million photographs during his lifetime.
Uri Scheft is a world-renowned pastry chef, cookbooks author, the founder of Breads Bakery in New York City and the founder and owner of Lehamim Bakery, one of the biggest artisanal bakeries in Israel.
The Founder and Chairwoman of the Mamanet League - Mothers' League, a volleyball league designed just for moms and has 20,000 players in Israel and around the world.
Keren Leibovitch is an Israeli champion Paralympic swimmer. Leibovitch is a three-time world champion, a five-time European champion, a holder of three world records, and an eight-time Paralympic medal winner. She is also the owner of Powerhouse Pilates studio, located in Kfar Saba.
Ariel Leizgold is a World Class award-winning bartender. In 2008, he opened Tel Aviv's first-ever cocktail bar and since then he's launched numerous bars and restaurants including Bellboy, Butler, 223 Bar and more.
Avital Sabag is a proud mother of five sons, Wellness and Naturopathy specialist and Chinese medicine expert who lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Racheli Alon is a talented home cook who loves to cook up a storm in her kitchen and share her delicious food with her friends and neighbors. After many requests, she recently started hosting small cooking workshops in her lovely home, in which she teaches all of her secret recipes.
Dror is the CEO & co-founder at Hargol FoodTech, a startup company, dedicated to the development and production of alternative protein ingredients from edible grasshoppers (edible insects, entomophagy). Along with his wife, Dr. Liat Zivan, he also co-founded Plate My Meal, a unique startup that aims to help families eat healthier and live better.
"I love traveling. I love people too. I guess those two things mixed together, it makes sense that I do street art, graffiti workshops and tours. It involves people from all over. I like that I can meet as many people as I can, that's really my passion."
Murielle is a Canadian-born street artist who has lived in Paris and NY. She now lives in Tel Aviv, where the vibrant streets and movement give her life as she gives them color.
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In Israel, once a week everything stops, the energy changes, loved ones come together and something magical happens. If you think about it:
"I find discomfort healthy, I almost seek it. I think that as long as you have that small voice inside saying: that's not the best of this situation, I can make it better - you are in a good place."
Yotam is an illustrator, industrial designer and collector of joyful things.
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Israel is an optimistic nation of dreamers and doers, bound together by time and place, making our mark in the world.
We are thousands of years old but early adopters of “the new”; always forecasting and adapting to changes in trends and behaviors. We bring our out-of-the-box thinking and entrepreneurship to all walks of life. Israel is a laboratory for experimentation and we’re always thinking of ways to build a better future and make life easier!
Hummus, like everything else in Israel, is something you prepare wholeheartedly - or not at all! And just like the Israelis themselves, food in Israel is a blend of contrasts, cultures and colors. But most of all - it is best experienced together!
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We welcome a good challenge! We are brave and bold, willing to take risks and like to improvise and create. Our motto is: “Start as fast as you can and then, slowly, go faster!”
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"I am a food enthusiast, I love what food brings to people. I am a chef, I love human beings. I am a food explorer, I like to discover new cultures through food. I try to bring people together through their hearts, spread love and peace."
Atalya is a chef and author of international award winning cookbook "Ein Karem". She regularly hosts celebrity chefs from abroad to share her love for food, Jerusalem and her village of Ein Karem with them.
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We value life, live it to the full and are always looking for ways to make life better. We are happy and spontaneous, and don’t take ourselves too seriously. In Hebrew, “Cheers” literally means, “To Life”!
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"Markets make me feel at home. it doesn't have to be bazaars, it doesn't have to be your typical market. I like it when people are coming together, eating, talking. there is this buzz going around. you can feel it. if you close your eyes you know immediately where you are.."
Moni is a psychology major and journalist turned tour-guide. His interest and insight into the different communities of Tel Aviv make exploring the city with Bhuka Tours- a business he established together with his childhood friend Asaf - an unforgettable experience.
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Photo Credit: Or Kaplan, Courtesy of Shenkar College
Cool rap by Max Marine about the Start-Up Nation and why people should care about all the incredible things going on here in Israel.
Tel Aviv shared this video when launching their new YouTube channel - Welcome to Tel Aviv!
A short clip about the vegan craze taking over Tel Aviv, and why many are referring to it today as the "vegan capital of the world".
Fast-paced exciting video summarizing the biggest sport event ever to take place in Israel - the Big Start of the Giro d'Italia biking race, second only to the Tour du France!videos,sport,negev,galilee,jerusalem,tel aviv,
The Tel Aviv Pride Parade is one of the biggest in the world, with over 30,000 tourists attending. Watch this and you'll see why!videos,people,culture & lifestyle,travel,tel aviv,nightlife,LGBTQ
This is an oldie but goodie, by the brilliant YouTube artist, Israel's very own Kutiman. Discover Jerusalem through a fascinating compilation of YouTube videos turned into a new musical genre.videos,people,culture & lifestyle,jerusalem,art,music
The trailer of the award-winning documentary "The Search for Israeli Cuisine", sharing why Israel's diversity has led to such an incredible gastronomic offering the world is starting to crave.videos,people,culture & lifestyle,travel,cuisine,
Okay, so this is a commercial by Coca Cola, but we loved how they tell Israel's story through using the Hebrew language and mixing it up, literally, with the young, energetic vibe of the Coca Cola brand.videos,people,culture & lifestyle,tel aviv,
Tel Aviv through a different lens - this time the Charleston! If you love dancing and you love Tel Aviv, this one's for you!videos,people,culture & lifestyle,tel aviv,
A brilliant 60 second portrayal of Israel's unique spirit and achievements, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairsvideos,people,nature & landmarks,culture & lifestyle,business & innovation,
Invest in Israel is the Ministry of Economy's gateway to investors who are interested in Israel's ecosystem and offerings. They created a series of industry-specific videos that are out of the box and original, and we liked this overview the most.videos,business & innovation,high tech,
A short video highlighting Tel Aviv's cool vibe, from one of our #VibeTravel toursvideos,people,culture & lifestyle,travel,
|A short video highlighting the Dead Sea's uniqueness, from one of our #VibeTravel tours.|
A short video highlighting the incredible Negev Desert, from one of our #VibeTravel tours.videos,culture & lifestyle,travel,negev,
If you've been following me for the past week and a half, you'd know that I had the privilege of visiting Israel as a guest of Vibe Israel, a non-profit that shed light on the industries in Israel. I was there to check out the fashion and beauty scene. I'm going to do multiple posts on this trip because it's just too much to cram into one post. This post will give an overall synopsis of my journey and highlight some of my most memorable parts.
We brought 6 Instafamous doggies to Israel for a crazy trip, and here's what came out of it!videos,culture & lifestyle,travel,tel aviv,jerusalem,cuisine,
SketchShe are an Internet phenomenon with millions of followers - we brought them to Israel to do what they do best, lip-sync to famous [Israeli] pop songs!videos,culture & lifestyle,tel aviv,
No need to tell you where to find the Western Wall in Jerusalem and the beaches in Tel Aviv, but there are so many more cool things to do in Israel that not everyone has heard of yet. What about amazing national parks, zip lining, mountain tops with amazing views, spectacular roman amphitheaters, scuba diving, or even skiing. In this most complete Israel travel guide about all the places to visit you can find it all.
In 2017 I visited Israel for the first time and in August 2019 I was able to travel to Israel again. In the following link you will find all the things to know when you travel to Israel, full of travel tips. Staying connected on your Israel trip doesn't have to break the bank. See here where to buy a sim card at Tel Aviv Airport Ben Gurion or what is the best Israel prepaid sim card for tourists.
Israel had been a destination I had been dreaming to visit ever since I started traveling. Some friends and I even had plans to rent an apartment in Tel Aviv back in June 2012, but unfortunately due to cancellations/finances, that trip never happened. Years quickly passed, and while my travels have taken me to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, I always had this strong desire to visit Israel.
Fortunately for me, the wonderful people over at Vibe Israel extended the invitation to this hummus addict for hands down the best media trip I’ve ever been apart of. I can’t even begin to express how incredible of an experience this week was. The entire trip was perfectly planned with unique sites, unbelievably delicious meals, and truly epic activities.
While I could have probably extended this list to 30-40 different highlights, here are my top 10 from my recent trip to Israel!
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I was very lucky to be invited to Israel in March on a vegan food tour with Vibe Israel, an NGO set up to help promote Isreal as a destination. They organise interest based tours such as fitness, food and this time – vegan food. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say there has been a vegan revolution in Israel. The last few years have seen an explosion of people adopting a vegan lifestyle which of course has meant the already rich food scene has been transformed into one of the best places in the world for vegan cuisine. The food was absolutely amazing!
But of course it was all about the food so I thought I’d share some of my favorite places to eat in Tel Aviv (I’m focusing on Tel Aviv because we spent most of our time there with the exception of some amazing trips to Jerusalem, the surrounding area and north to a vegetarian community).
The digital transformation of cities is no longer about optimized traffic patterns, parking management, and efficient lighting, research firm Gartner announced recently. Today’s smart cities are all about citizen engagement. Liora Shechter, CIO of Tel-Aviv, Israel’s largest city, has a similar message: To become a cutting-edge smart city, don’t just digitize existing services—invent new ones to engage and delight your residents.
Shechter spoke at a Muni World 2018 event, along with Tel-Aviv’s Mayor, Ron Huldai, and its Chief Knowledge Officer, Zohar Sharon (I was there as a guest of Vibe Israel). Smaller in size than Manhattan, Tel-Aviv boasts the highest concentration of tech startups per capita or per square mile outside of Silicon Valley (1 for every 290 residents) and most dogs per humans in any city in the world (1 for every 17). Calling itself the “Nonstop City,” it offers a vibrant and dynamic urban experience to its large population (compared to the national average) of young and unmarried residents.
The Round Tables Festival in Israel is a three week food event where local Israeli restaurants are paired with guest chefs from visiting countries who takeover and cook at the local restaurants for a week. The Israeli chefs visit their counterpart chef in their country and learn how to prepare their signature dishes a few months before the event.
During the Round Tables tour, which takes place in November, the guest chefs and their teams come to Israel. They prepare a menu that highlights dishes they usually served at their own restaurants and work with local chefs in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to create a pop-up style restaurant takeover experience. This restaurant festival started in 2015 and has featured 35 top international chefs. The 2017 festival featured chefs from Italy, Spain, Peru, Mexico, US, Scotland, England, Belgium, Switzerland, and Denmark.
It was months before my trip to The Middle East, and I’d come across an article about scuba diving in the infamously lifeless Dead Sea. Where few men have dived before? What about the ladies!
In that moment, I became dead set on diving in the Dead Sea.
It’s interesting, isn’t it: out of the thirty-eight countries I’ve been blessed to visit, this is the first one I really feel the pressure to explain my desire to travel to.
The majority of the world associates Israel with two things: religion, and politics. I don’t shy away from either, here on Alex in Wanderland, as the posts I just linked to demonstrate. But neither is the reason I spent three weeks in Israel this year, nor do they explain why I left so intoxicated by the place.
ISRAEL HAS BEEN ON MY MIND A LOT LATELY….
My Mom is currently there exploring the country for her first time on a “Holy Land” tour, I’ve been researching flights back to Tel Aviv so I can attend this year’s “Mid-burn” Festival, and I recently met some awesome Israelis that I can’t wait to see again.
It had been a country I had been desperate to visit for my entire life. I dreamt of getting lost in the streets of Jerusalem, floating in the dead sea, and exploring the massive deserts. It took me a while, but I fortunately got there last year thanks to the amazing people at Vibe Israel who organize trips for various groups of online-influencers. Not only did I get to spend 7-days hopping around this stunning country, but I shared this experience with some truly special people. It was a week for the records books…
The first week on my trip to Israel I was surprised in many ways. There were so many things I did not expect that I decided to start writing them all down. I love going to a country without any expectations, because those who have expectations can only get disappointed! Right? I found many reasons to visit Israel, but also some things I didn't like and that is how came up with this list of things to know before you travel to Israel.
Shalom! I am still pinching myself, as I can’t believe I just returned from ISRAEL! If it wasn’t for all the photos, I would think it was all an amazing dream. Bruce Wayne and I were blessed to win a guided tour of Israel from Vibe Israel. We spent 5 days, 4 nights in the beautifully remodeled, English-speaking Tal by the Beach hotel. We hiked, drove and ate our way around Israel in the company of some new and old friends that you may know: @yeyush_the_chihuahua, @iggyjoey, @remixthedog and @ted_gram.
I must have racked up some good karma in a previous life being a good dog because I really have the most amazing life. My most recent adventure was a trip to Israel!
My dream of travelling the world came true thanks to a wonderful organization called Vibe Israel. Vibe Israel is a not-for-profit company that aims to share the all the exciting and amazing things that Israel has to offer to the rest of the world. In their own words: the world hears enough about the conflict and politics in Israel already! They are trying to change the conversation to the things young people want to hear about.
We’ve all been there. You step into the shower listening to your kids bickering. By the time you step out, the house is silent. In a panic, you leave wet tracks down your hallway, fighting to cover your mom butt with a damp towel. In the living room, you find your youngest child sitting on the floor cutting holes in his brand new shirt.
What do you do?
If you’re like me, your angry screams echo off the walls and your child later recounts this episode as one of the reasons why they are now in therapy. That’s what most people do.
It took flying all the way to Israel and spending a day with an incredible artist for me to learn that there might be a better solution.
Last month I boarded a plane to Israel for a journey of discovery. I thought I was going to learn about Israel, its people and its culture, and I did. But I also learned some things about how I can be a better mom along the way. Over the course of a week, I hopped from one side of the small nation to the other, stepping into people’s homes to find out what it means to parent like an Israeli. Here’s what I learned:
We pulled off the highway two hours north of Tel Aviv. The dusty paved road was littered with potholes and the signs on the rundown buildings made me feel like we’d stepped thirty years back in time. As we wound our way up into the hills, the five of us on the trip gradually put down our cell phones and cameras, our eyes and minds captivated by the hillside town we could see off in the distance.
My itinerary for the day started with a cooking course with a well-known Druze chef. I will admit that when I got the schedule, I had to go on Wikipedia to find out who the Druze are. I had never heard of this tiny community in the Middle East, an extremely tight-knit group of people who believe in God and reincarnation. It is completely closed to outsiders, with no opportunity to convert into it, and marrying outside of the community sees you cast out from the religion.
What I discovered in Israel was a curious mix of deep tradition with mind-blowing-out-of-the-box thinking. It would be easy to consider these things incompatible. As I attempt to explain my observations, I would start with family — the importance of family. You see, investing in family is central to life in Israel, and the role of tradition, culture and food are like threads. These things hold families tightly together, creating memories and instilling values that are passed on through generations. It’s about relationships. I heard this message over and over during conversations with people from all walks of life: Family, family is important.
A spark. A hunger. A drive. These are things you can’t force or, I could argue, even learn, and yet they are such incredible gifts. My time in Israel surprised me with these gifts. Never has a place left such a hunger in me. A hunger for knowledge, a spark for creativity and a drive to fill life to the fullest. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was invited to Israel by Vibe Israel to meet a variety of women and mothers from different walks of life. Visiting new places always impacts me, but there is something more here. I have much to share in the upcoming weeks, but before I do, I need make sense of why, why this place and its people impacted me so greatly.
I was halfway across the world in a garage full of broken and discarded toys. Tal Tenne Czaczkes is an artist and designer and we were going to do a project with her. I didn’t know exactly what we were in for. But I had a belly full of Jachnun–a delicious Yemenite breakfast and I was pretty much ready for anything else they wanted to throw at us.
This was the fourth day of our Vibe Israel tour. We’d already spent a day in Jerusalem and another with inspiring Middle Eastern women from a Druze community.
Jennifer and Jayda came on our tour and share so important things to know about Israel in this awesome video
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It’s difficult to decide which storyline to focus on when you return back home from a trip like Vibe Israel. I honestly struggled with which chapter to share after my first piece.
Should I chat about the day I spent with Liraz Ron Fabin, creator of Bliss, wandering the busy markets of Tel Aviv? Oh, the spices in the markets. Take me back. Or what about the ancient structures still standing in the Old City of Jerusalem? And the time I slept in an igloo on the beach of Dor Village?
It was not an easy decision, folks, but my visit to the small village of Daliyat al-Karmel with the Druze won this time.
A few weeks ago, I set out for an adventure like no other to the country of Israel. Thanks to Vibe Israel, I had the honor of touring this amazing land and connecting with the people who call it home. I’ll be specifically recognizing a couple of amazing Israeli women that I met, but I first must tell you a bit about Vibe Israel, who were seriously the coolest group of tourism folks that I’ve ever worked with in my career.
It’s been a few weeks since my trip to Israel. I’ve had time to process my experience, and I wanted to share some of the things that surprised me about Israeli culture during my stay. To be totally honest, I was a bit apprehensive about taking this journey to across the world. I mean, Israel is in the Middle East and, with everything happening there and what I’ve heard on the news, I wondered if it really was a good idea to travel there.
The offer to attend Vibe Israel’s fitness tour was just too amazing to pass up and everyone who I talked to from the organization was more than nice and answered all of my questions and concerns, so I knew I couldn’t turn it down that easily. I asked family and friends if they had ever visited Israel, and I was surprised to hear that quite a few of them had been there – and they all had wonderful things to say about the country. I accepted the invitation, but that nervous feeling stayed with me right up until I arrived in Israel. Was it safe to travel there? Would the culture feel “stuffy” and super religious? How were women treated there? Would I be able to easily keep in touch with my family back home?
Looking back, I feel silly for even thinking the things above. So. So. Silly. On the last day of the trip, I actually told the Vibe Israel people that I was surprised how similar our cultures are, but, of course, there were a number of things that surprised me about the culture too.
Hi, guys! Happy Monday and greetings from Israel!
I’m having such a great time here and couldn’t wait for my usual “5 for Friday” blog post, so I decided to bump it to today, so I can tell you a little about some of the incredible experiences I’ve already had here. We’re just halfway through the trip, but I have SO MUCH to tell you guys! Here are just some highlights!
A travel is the only way I know to truly meet other cultures.
Design, on its side, is pushing my boundaries everyday – it makes me discover new worlds and share my experience here.
I am now back from Israel, after an intense week full of emotions, meetings, incitements.
Vibe Israel, a non-profit association founded by Joanna Landau and committed to the digital promotion of Israel history and local territory, invited me there.
By 2050, about 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities. Using the Internet of Things, analyzing lots of data, putting more services online—all herald the digital transformation of cities. Becoming digital, however, means a new life in the cybersecurity trenches.
There is no place like Israel to teach local government leaders how to make their cities and citizens cybersecurity resilient. Welcoming attendees from 80 countries to the Muni World 2018 event in Tel-Aviv, Eli Cohen, Israel’s minister of economy and industry, highlighted the fact that the country represents 10% of the global investment in cybersecurity. And it shares its expertise with others, including alerting 30 countries to pending cyber or terrorist attacks, Cohen said. (I was attending the event as a guest of Vibe Israel).
An oasis for clean-tech solutions has bloomed in an unexpected place—the arid Negev desert. Located at Israel’s Kibbutz Ketura north of the Red Sea, the Off-Grid Demonstration Village is a hot bed for game-changing off-grid solutions that aim to improve the lives of people outside the grid and to provide a testing ground for eco-minded companies. Rapidly deployable housing, low-cost renewable energy systems, and experimental technologies flourish in this factory of ideas for a greener tomorrow.
On a warm December day, I stood in a jojoba field in the Negev Desert in southern Israel and watched water slowly seep up from the ground around the trees. First a tiny spot, then spreading, watering the plants from deep below. This highly efficient system is known as drip irrigation, and I was there to meet with the world’s leading drip irrigation company, Israel-based Netafim.
There’s an old expression that whisky is for drinking and water is for fighting over. The Legislative Session is upon us again in Texas, and count on water being an issue, as it always is in this drought and flood-prone state.
To start, this Session will see the approval of the 2017 State Water Plan (SWP), which is done in five-year cycles. In the five years since the last plan, Texas has gone from the throes of a devastating drought to historic flooding, which resulted in some reservoirs being full for the first time in 15 years.
Moreover, as more people move to Texas and climate change advances, there will be greater strain on the state’s water supplies. According to the SWP, Texas is already in a tighter situation than it was just five years ago: Surface water and groundwater availability will be 5 percent lower in 2060 compared to predictions in the 2012 plan, and existing water supplies are expected to drop by 11 percent between 2020 and 2070. Where are we supposed to get the water we need?
One place we could look to for ideas is Israel, which relies heavily on desalination – or the process of removing salt from water – to meet its needs. During Session, there will likely be calls to implement and fund desalination projects in Texas, which can help ensure water supplies in the future. But we need to take a page from Israel’s book, and create plans and policies that are thoughtful about reducing the technology’s energy footprint.
From water conservation to less pollution to women's empowerment, a founder of Netafim explains why drip irrigation is the future of agriculture.
Naty Barak likes to tell the story of people coming to his community in the Negev Desert, in southern Israel, and admiring the majestic palms and lush, flowering undergrowth. They tell him, “I can see why you would choose to live here.” Barak laughs and points to a black-and-white picture on the wall: “That is what it looked like when this community started. We made it this way.” All I can see is barren desert sand, not a tree in sight. It looks desolate.
Barak is a tall, white-haired man with a great sense of humor and a knack for storytelling. He has taken the morning to teach me and a group of fellow environmental writers about drip irrigation, an agricultural practice that he believes can save the world. Despite warning us of his deep bias and the fact that he’s a founder of Netafim, a now-huge Israeli company that markets drip irrigation systems worldwide, his enthusiasm and logic are infectious.
Tel Aviv Municipality invites people to discover Tel Aviv's vibe in this great video.videos,culture & lifestyle,travel,tel aviv,
The best thing about traveling abroad is researching the local running routes and races you can sign up for. Right?
Okay, maybe that’s just me–but I love exploring new places on foot. And if I can earn a medal for my efforts, then all the better.
As part of a recent trip to Israel with Vibe Israel (a nonprofit aimed at sharing the creative side of the country), I was able to take part in the Tel Aviv Night Run, a 10K through the city that took place on October 31.
The Runner Beans shares a race report from the Tel Aviv Night Run, a 10K that took place on Halloween night.
Last month, I went on one of the best trips of my life with Vibe Israel, a non-profit whose mission is to strengthen Israel’s brand in the world. I, along with three other influencers, was invited on a week-long tour of Israel, centered around my favorite subject: food.
It was truly an experience like no other. From the markets of Jerusalem to the world-class restaurants of Tel Aviv, I witnessed kindness and hospitality that had me falling in love with Israel and its people.
This is the first of a 3-part series I am writing on Israel. I will be talking more about my personal experience in Israel in a few weeks, but for now I loved the idea of sharing the absolutely incredible food I ate during my week abroad.
Whether you find yourself in Israel for a few days and need a dinner recommendation or a month and want to hit all the best spots, there is something here for every palate. L’chayim!
"I feel like there are different levels of fall-head-over-heels with a destination. There’s the intro level — “wow, I adore this place; I’m going to have such a nice trip here!” Then there’s a slightly more amped up, “this place is incredible, I can’t wait to come back here and bring all my friends!”
Then there’s the absolute top tier, red alert swoon level: “I’m completely obsessed with this place — I could live here!”
Can you guess which one I felt about Tel Aviv?"
Alex wrote the ultimate love letter to Tel Aviv and we all get to enjoy it.
Last Fall I had the incredible honor to visit Israel with a company called Vibe Israel. To say it was amazing would fall so short of how incredible it truly was. From the best food and gorgeous scenery to the rich history and most beautiful people, I was changed by this wonderful experience. I’d love to share some memories and pictures and hopefully inspire you to visit for yourselves!