My first few days in Israel have been such an amazing experience. Getting dropped off at LGA by my Dad, knowing I would not be back in the states for 10 months was a reality check. Checking into my flight and getting through security was quick and easy, so now I just got to sit and wait for my flight. During this time, I still did not have exact plans on where I would be staying Wednesday and Thursday night. I used the website airbnb, and found this beautiful place to stay...but my reservations did not confirm before I left on my first flight. My first flight was a quick on from LGA to Toronto. I ended up getting on an earlier flight, so that meant I would now have a 4 hour layover instead of 3. Since all airports now are very wifi friendly, I was able to check out my email to see if anything interesting has happened. At that time, I noticed my reservation I wanted to have ended up getting denied. Now, I am sitting in the airport knowing that I had no place to stay, and needed to find something quickly. My next move was to just go search for hostels in Tel Aviv and book the first thing that seemed to fit my likings. I booked it right away and had no problem. But, that was the least of the adventure I had in Toronto. I was sitting at the gate, watching the news (I don't know why I was doing that), and then all of a sudden it came up that a cease fire was made between Hamas and Israel. Could that be a sign that this trip is really going to be amazing? Even though Netanya is in the north, and the alarm has only gone off once (which was actually a false alarm), it is nice to know that the operation was now over. But, that did not stop security. After everyone was settling into the gate, we were told to exit the gate with all of our belongings and line up to get screened again by security. From the looks of the protocol, it looked like they were whipping us all down for explosive residue. This protocol was only for flights to Israel. This was a hassle, but it was a comforting feeling having the extra security precaution.
The flight to Israel was actually pretty relaxing. I was able to fall asleep on the flight, and get ready for whatever Israel will bring into my life. At this point I still have no idea what I got myself into, but I know I will enjoy this journey.