Defiance Travel Journal Day 3: Sunday Dec. 30th 2012, El Al Airlines
Unfortunately, because of the extremely long flight to Israel and a seven-hour time difference from New York, I spent almost this entire day on the plane. I definitely used my time to my advantage though! I always enjoy plane rides as an opportunity to really tune out, reflect, and get some serious work done. Some of my most profound revelations have happened while in the air, and I think these is something truly magical about needing to- no, getting to- be one with yourself in that tiny little seat.
Luckily, because I was already so exhausted, I managed to sleep for seven out of the ten hours of the flight. The rest of the time I spent getting to know my seat-mate who was also on my Birthright trip. Because I was wearing loose and comfortable clothing, the flight actually went by really quickly! I made sure to wear supportive shoes as well because even though a lot of sitting is involved in travel, you always underestimate how much you are on your feet. The altitude makes your feet sore too I have noticed so having good shoes on made a huge difference, as well as eased my mind in terms of hypothetical emergency landings and accidental hot beverage spillages which are bound to happen to a klutz like me! I was also sure to get up and walk around on the plane a lot too. Our plane was huge so there was ample aisle space, and I discovered that the emergency exit rows and bathroom areas offer great places to stretch and visit with your fellow travelers.
One of my favorite parts about the flight to Israel was getting to see the Orthodox Jews pray as sunrise hit. The devotion they have, no matter what the circumstances have to offer, is always so humbling to me. The plane also starts to feel a little lopsided as this spectacle occurs because the praying passengers all shift to the East side!
Once arriving at Ben Gurion Airport, we gathered our stuff and drove to Nof Ginosar which is a hotel kibbutz in the North of the country right on the Sea of Galilee. We arrived there to our first Israeli meal which was must appreciated after our day of travel, and we settled in to our first abode on our journey.