Getting to Know Nazareth
|By Yoav Tirosh
After a long three hours travelling, we got to El Mutran school. After three hours spending time with the same people from Leyada, I suddenly felt really close to them and was a little bit afraid to go out and meet new people, with the wall of language and culture standing between us and them.
We got to the meeting room and we introduced one another. As we continued the introducing games, the ice that stacked me and my friends from Leyada started to melt, and suddenly the wall between me and the students from El Mutran seemed to be much lower and more fragile. I started to develop first connections with students from El Mutran.
My First Day
|By Areen Khalifa
I was very excited about this day, it was the first day to start my journey in the magazine program, today I will meet people that are different from me, and this is worrying a little bit.
The students from Leyada school arrived and we welcomed them in a decent manner. We had prepared a delicious desert. Also we designed the class in a beautiful way, so I think they were happy about our welcoming.
Visit to Jerusalem
|By Neta Licht, Rana Khoury, Orjowan Zaatry, Dana Abboud
We went to a trip into the city of Jerusalem to see the wall paintings that decorate the city from within. Then we went to the “Tut Garden” where we ate falafel that our guide bought from the market. It was really fun!:)
After that, we walked back to the school to see the annual Purim Festival that the seniors of the school have every year. It was amazing to see how the classrooms changed into their own little worlds; we were not used to see things like that in our school and it took us by surprise.
By Eyal Haimson
Later on that day, we played a few social games which were all entertaining and nice. The school itself was large and spacious, and was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The food was great and the company was greater.
After we left the school, the next stop was the enormous Christmas tree in the center of Nazereth. The tree was absolutely beautiful, and I enjoyed it very much. The church right next to it was interesting as well.
By Ghattas Bisharat
As the first meeting at school I was kind of nervous, since I didn't really know anyone from Leyada's students, and neither did they. And to be honest, it was really hard for me to start socializing and to break the ice, especially when I found it difficult to remember any of their names.
At first I felt like everyone was looking at me with judgmental eyes, but after getting the tasks I felt more comfortable. And while I was getting relaxed the ice was broken and I started a lot of conversations with Leyada's students that helped me to get the old me back.
Since my group task was making a fruit salad, I had the chance to learn the right way of cutting fruits and because of this I now consider myself a professional fruit salad maker, and that on its own was really amazing. In addition, getting the chance to learn new things, especially from new people, was pretty much remarkable.
After that my colleage, Rami, and I went on a tour around the school and we were escorted by three Leyada boys called Regev, Ohad, and the third, although I am fighting with my memory, I'm not really sure about his name, but I think it was Aviv. Furthermore, we went out to check the snow and after a few minutes of checking, a snow ball fight started out of nowhere, and for me it was unforgettable because I am not really used to seeing snow.
After finishing the fight, we went back to the school and the minute I saw people dancing in a circle I immediately joined them and tried to learn the moves of that weird dance.
At the end of the day we made kites. Although they didn't actually fly after all the hard attempts, we still thought it was amazing and enjoyed our time together.
For me it was an outstanding experience, and I'm looking forward to more experiences. And at the end, I want to thank the magazine members for being such a great and funny people and for giving me the chance to take part in such an educational experience.