My name is Nicole van Amerongen and I’m an advisor on NCSY Israel ID. I came on ID this summer with the hopes of inspiring and being inspired by each of our amazing NCSYers. This morning we started off our trip with a bus ride to Tel Aviv. Our first stop was Independence Hall. There we watched a video explaining all of the history surrounding the very important building. Next, we were able to sit in the room where the State of Israel was declared by David Ben Gurion. The experience was surreal as each part of the room was maintained and looked identical to each of the videos I’ve seen of the declaration. Outside of Independence Hall we chilled in the shade and ate a very yummy lunch. Our next stop was a graffiti tour in Florentin. We were taken around the streets to see some of the coolest art and the tour guides explained to us the significance of each one. Then we were able to try it out for ourselves! We each took a spray can and wrote whatever we wanted. We were also able to design a bag or an old record with spray paint. I have never done something like this before! It was so cool! After the graffiti tours we chilled in a park and cooled down with some ices. We then got back onto the bus and headed to our home for the next four days: Shlomi. We ate dinner and met with our family groups before moving onto night activity. We all played line-up on the courts of Shlomi and hung out. Cannot wait for whatever tomorrow brings!
Day 6 – Independence and street art in Tel-Aviv