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European Championships 2019: Israel Softball

By on July 24, 2019

Now that I am back from Europe, I was finally able to recollect all my thoughts from the European Softball Championships! We got 9th place and went 7-2 at the tournament. That does, however, end our Olympic quest.

This tournament format is much different than I am typically used to. It starts out with pool play where it is a round robin with 5 teams. Based on how you do in the pool, then you get sorted into a separate pool for a more tournament style. There was three of these pools. The top pool was where eight teams would fight to be top six in order to qualify for the European/Africa Olympic qualifier. We were in the middle pool and fought for country pride and to earn the highest ranking possible.

It was such a great experience to be able to play teams from all over Europe and Russia. Everyone speaks different languages and they all come from different experiences and levels of softball. It’s fascinating to see all the different customs that these teams have and how they interact with the game.

Israel Softball definitely surprised a lot of people and I can’t wait to continue what will be the future legacy of this team.

What is something that you’ve been trying to achieve lately? Let me know in the comments below.

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Israel Softball: Touring Israel Experience

By on June 26, 2019

This summer, I have been given the unique opportunity play for the Israeli National Softball team. As I write this, we are preparing for the European Championships. Last week, we were able to travel all across Israel. These were some highlights:

Masada: 

An ancient fortress, hike, and educational spot. Masada has an interesting history to where some people may feel an unknown juju while they are at the top of the plateau.  

Yad Vashem: 

This is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. It was an informative experience. We only had about 1.5 hours in there because they close at 5pm, but one could spend days in there. This was my second time at Yad Vashem and fourth holocaust museum experience; this museum has so many stories to tell and if you are ever in Israel, I recommend that you go. 

Western Wall (Kotel):

This is a holy site where people come from all over the world to pray. I was able to do this with my teammates and it was incredibly special. 

We also took tours of the underground tunnels at the Kotel. It is remarkable how they were able to excavate this site and how they are continuing to do so. 

Tel Aviv: HaCarmel Market Shook

HaCarmel market is one of my favorite markets. Here, you can purchase tchotchkes for your family at home. These stores will likely rip you off if you do not haggle, so do not take the first price they give you.

At the Shook there is also extremely cheap street food for 10 sheckles or less (less than $3).

Just beware, personal space does not really exist here. 

Rosh Hanikra

This is not only the border between Israel and Lebanon, but it is also home to beautiful caves with spectacular views.

Bahá’í Gardens 

This terrace garden is a magnificent site in the middle of the city of Haifa. This holy site belongs to those of the Bahá’í faith. It is a whole lot of green surrounded by city and desert. 

We arrived too late to walk up the terrace, but I still managed to get a picture of this beautiful garden from the gate. 

Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake in the northern part of Israel just near the Golan Heights. This lake has a lot of historical and religious significance and many people come to see and go in the Sea.  

Dead Sea

This is the lowest point in the world and you actually float in the water! The saltwater does burn, so do not shave right before you go. If you have any unknown papercuts or wounds, you will find out where they are when you go in. 

Unless you go to a spa, you will have to purchase Dead Sea mud from the stores nearby. 

That was my touring adventures in Israel! We head out soon to the Czech Republic for the European Championships! I can’t wait!

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, where is your favorite tourist spot?

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