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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.
Some Of Our Student Writings
The Gates of El Mutran
Eyal Haimson

By Eyal Haimson
 
When we arrived at the gate of El Mutran school, we could see from the bus the students waving to us. I don't think I have ever seen before such a large group of people waving with such kindness to people they haven't met. This is the first thing that showed me how nice the group was.

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.

The entire day in Nazereth was fun, educational, and most importantly formed a connection between both of our groups.

The Neomi Guide to Awkward Small Talk
Noemi Goldberg


By Neomi Goldberg

Start by jumping out of the minibus your school has rented for the day. You're relieved that you arrived safely to Nazareth since that bus looked like it was going to fall apart every second and you have no idea how the bus managed to drag itself through Road 6 in one piece.

You get welcomed by a bunch of kids in green sweatshirts led by their teacher who has a slight, lovely British accent. Up to this point, is all good. You are impressed by the magnificent entrance of the school - you expected it to be modest and simple. Follow your classmates; if you feel a bit off don’t be afraid to catch the bag of the person ahead of you.

You are being led to a big room full of smiling faces. Do not let them down. You put your bag and your coat on the side and share a meaningful glance with your friend. Is that the time to start speaking English? So you go to the El Mutran student standing closest to you and ask for her name, say yours and smile…. aaand, what now?

Normally you'd ask for her age, but you already know that everybody here is about 15-16. The next questions would be concerning her majors but who the hell knows how to say majors in English. You try the Hebrew word, Megamot and it doesn’t work. You forget you can ask about pastime activities or the family.

So you stay there, smiling like an idiot and elbowing your friend to get the two of you out of there.

*When we got past that first awkward conversation, the rest of the meeting was fun though! You finally do find a way to make friends…*

Breaking Ice
Ghattas Bisharat

 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.

Quotes
“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” 
Theodore Roosevelt

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” 

T. S. Eliot
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