Monday, May 27, 2013

Caesarea and first night in Haifa!

We left Jerusalem today and headed out for the new sites of Haifa! Today we did it all, ranging from a historical site visit, having lunch on the beach, doing team building activities like the Israeli army does, and visiting a large corporation!
We left Jerusalem today and headed out for the new sites of Haifa! Today we did it all, ranging from a historical site visit, having lunch on the beach, doing team building activities like the Israeli army does, and visiting a large corporation!

After having breakfast at the hotel and packing up, we said our goodbye's to Jerusalem and headed to tour Caesarea. Caesarea is an ancient start-up city that was built by King Herod the Great over 2,000 years ago. We were able to walk around and tour the theatre and the ports just off the Mediterranean Sea. Below is a picture of the group at the theatre. We were prevailed to hear Professor Marshak and our guide Steve test out the acoustics by singing us a song on stage.

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Our next stop was a picnic on the beach by the ancient aqueduct of Caesarea. The group was provided lunch by Holy Bagel and had time to relax, swim, and play on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

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After lunch, we headed to a park where we had out-door-training similar to the team-building activities the Israeli army. We split up into two teams: Team Beast Mode and Team Dalmatian. Although Team Dalmatian dominated the activities, both groups enjoyed the chance to be outside and work together to complete the mission. Our last activity was an egg toss. We tried to throw an egg as far as possible without it cracking by only having a cup, a stick, a piece of string, and a bag. Below is a picture of the small group representatives throwing their eggs.

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We were then off to visit Intel, which is a well know, multinational corporation. We were given a presentation on culture and how running a multinational company with many different cultures is like. We were also able to learn about how the Intel building is Green Certified with a gold level status. We were given a tour and pictures cannot described how beautiful it was. Below shows a picture of their view from the outdoor cafeteria on the 6th floor.

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After checking into our hotel for the next three nights, we took taxis to the Germantown section of Haifa for dinner. Below is a view of the main street looking up into the hills.

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