Hi, I’m Janine and this summer, I spent most of my time in the desert. For 6 weeks, I learned Chinese and Arabic in Provo, Utah, but here I’m going to talk about my Summer Sig experience in the Negev Desert, in southern Israel.
|desert and date orchard|
I’ve always been interested in Israeli culture, as I have family living in Jerusalem and have spent time in their city whenever I have visited. However, while Jerusalem is certainly unique for its religious significance, I wanted to explore a different part of the country. With this goal in mind, I found myself considering staying on a kibbutz with my “outlaws”, or my uncle’s brother and his family, in Ketura, Israel--about a mile from the Jordanian border and 3.5 hours by car from Jerusalem.
|Camel pets on kibbutz Ketura|
|A walkway through part of the kibbutz|
|Grofit, a nearby kibbutz|
|my desert sweet 16 experience!|