Yom Ha’Atzmaut in Jerusalem from a Foreigner’s Perspective

We are so lucky that this time in Israel we are here for a number of important days. Most notably is the Biblical Festival of Shavuot (Pentecost), but also a bunch of other fun days including Israel’s Independence Day – Yom Ha’Atzmaut!

We didn’t really know what to expect, but when we randomly bumped into Te’ena a few days before this she let us know that it would be a late night full of dancing and celebrations! Yay! We waited for Memorial Day to officially end, and headed out onto the streets around 8:30pm. Things were just warming up, but by 9 or 9:30 everything was pumping. 

I’ve made a little video about it, so hopefully that can help you see the atmosphere! We had such fun, even though we’re not Israeli’s we could still celebrate Independence Day, and get in the spirit of it. Actually, I LOVE Israel’s Independence Day, because it is a beautiful celebration and reminder that God is true to his word, and that we are living in an era where prophesies are being fulfilled. God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and he will never forget his people. xo

 

These are the sorts of experiences that really make a trip exciting, interesting and memorable! Like the Cherry Blossom Festival we were fortunate to visit in Seoul, this is something we will never forget. Definitely worth waking our kids up to take them out for this, and keeping them up till 11:30 at night! Hopefully this will be something that will stick with them (if not, we’ve got it on video! Ha!).

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Seoul Travel Videos

seoul travel videos

So I just have a couple more travel videos to share about Seoul, and then we’ll be done! We were in Seoul for three days (and a little extra, but that was just getting to the airport and cleaning!), so below is three mish-mash videos of some things we did. One for each day. 

Seoul – Day One

Seoul – Day Two

Seoul – Day Three

Seoul Travel Videos – Street Food & Cherry Blossoms

A 15 second film about making Hotteok - delicious Korean street food - friend dough with cheese and honey

I’m going to be sharing a few short Seoul travel videos I’ve put together so far. I’m trying to keep them in order, so I’ll be sharing the Korean videos first. The first video is a short instagram movie I made of one of my favourite Korean street foods – Hotteok. I originally called it “fried dough of awesomeness” because I didn’t know the name of it, but my obsession with Korean food blogs paid off, and finally someone did a video about street food that featured this! She said the same, and within about 2 or 3 seconds it was all over, but that was enough for me! Now I’ve been googling it and getting recipes, and if I can find yeast here in Israel you better believe I’ll be making some ASAP!! 

The second video is of our time at the Seoul Cherry Blossom festival. It was so beautiful, and we felt so fortunate to be there on the right week for the festival! We’ve never seen Cherry Blossoms before and seeing them in Japan is on my bucket list, but I think this was beautiful and memorable enough to tick it off now!

The Cherry Blossom film is a bit longer, but still less than a minute, so treat yourself to some cherry blossom beauty!

a one minute video about the seoul cherry blossom festival