Today was a very long day of bus travel up the coast from Tel Aviv. Honestly, I am just exhausted tonight, so won't post much. We're now in Nahariya, and we all had dinner at various homes tonight. We haven't all seen each other to compare notes just yet. Don't forget to vote tomorrow!
Morning started with a mad dash for breakfast--the whole hotel seemed to show up at 7:45 today. We got on the bus and headed to the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot. This was a very interesting historical site where an underground bullet factory hidden at a kibbutz was created that produced literally tons of ammunition for the war for independence. We went into the underground factory through a hole in the floor of the complex's bakery. The underground site was surprisingly spacious, but had to accommodate 45 people a day for 10 hours per day.
We then hopped back on the bus for a drive to the town of Binyamina where we visited the Binyamina Winery for a tour and a 3-course lunch with wine tasting. It was a nice, leisurely lunch, with tons of delicious vegetables and three wines. An interesting aspect of the winery is that it maintains the highest level of Kashrut, so we were not permitted to even touch a barrel in the cellar room. Doing so would cause them to have to dump all the wine. I asked if they have insurance for such an eventuality, but the guide didn't know.
From there we took a side trip to Haifa where we visited the Baha'i gardens. There is a beautiful overlook from high up in the city. However, this was the only stop we made in Haifa, and it looks like a place where I'd like to spend a little more time in the future.
We then made a stop in Acco, where we took a quick walking tour through the old city. We then headed to Nahariya, where we'll stay the next few days and make visits throughout our partnership region.