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My Experience in the Israeli Rainbow Gathering

Well hello there Maniacs!
The preparations for the flight to Thailand are happening as we speak, but this weekend I took some time off to go to the Israeli Rainbow Gathering.
I was really hoping it’ll be an experience like the one’s I had in the Midburn community events, but it was completely different. the rainbow is a gathering of people for a whole month in some forest, who try to build a community on peace and love and shit. it’s a free event and you get food for free so it has a really nice anti consumerism aspect to it.
I took a few hitchhikers with me on Friday and the ride was very nice and the view was incredible. when we got closer to the gathering we went through my favorite grapes vineyards. I was really excited! We arrived at sundown and couldn’t see jack. but we still build our own independent tribe and built our tents together. afterwards we started hearing everyone shout “food circle now”. this is a call for the major social event that happens twice a day in the rainbow, where everyone gathers around the main fire and chant and sing and do hippie stuff before the food, and then everyone eats together in a bowl they bring themselves, and have a portion of food being poured like in Oliver twist movies.

as most of you guys know i eat Raw Till 4, so I came prepared with my own fruits and some quinoa and broccoli i precooked at home before heading out. so I had that, and a bit of bread my friend made from whole wheat. 
after dinner, as it was apparently full moon, the full moon celebrations started. basically it was a lot of hippies singing and jamming together around a huge fire. it was really nice. a lot of good vibes and shit, but i felt completely out of place.

the following day was great! i went with my friends for a nice walk in the woods, met a few nice people and got to talk to some hippies. I was supposed to get back on saturday night back home but I felt like I still haven’t opened up enough to the experience and got out of my shell, which usually takes me a few days. also I wanted to see how I handle the situation and being alone without the friends i came with and got to know through that time. so i decided to stay another day and see whats up.

my friends left at night and i knew a few people from other festivals but i was still pretty lonely, so i went to help in the kitchen. i met some nice dude and we went to pick some sugar cane next to a vineyard. I must say after trying to eat it, it is not food for humans. really inedible and it made me a bit nauseated as well, so i ultimately ended up having a panic attack in a vineyard in a place i don’t know with some dude i don’t know. he handled it very well, but i was still feeling crappy so i went to sleep back at my tent when we got back.
the day after, i woke up feeling fine but i was a bit sad. i felt lonely cause i wasn’t really opening up to the environment and i am certainly not a hippןe. i have  a huge resistance to new age stuff  and some people i spoke with had this thing that they made me feel like they were a bit condescending.
after wandering around and seeing that most of whoever’s left in the gathering were asleep i saw a group of people playing a game and i said to myself: “Henya, this is your chance to open up. Your’e all alone and you can just go, say hi, and sit with them”, and so I did. they were friendly and let me read a card as soon as i sat in the circle, but afterwards the very loud girl asked my if I’m not underage or something.

Now this got me a bit worked up, cause I know i look young and everything from being vegan and
fruitarian a long time, but It is non of your interest how old I am. I didn’t feel the need to answer her saying I’m actually 26, probably older than she was, but the fact that they give a shit about ages in such a place is a bit silly in my opinion. but than again, most of the “hippies” there weren’t even vegan or vegetarian so I don’t know why I’m getting all worked up over this.
Seriously, all those people claiming to be spiritual and hippie shit is just ridiculous if they are eating dead food. talking about peace and taking part in most cruel industry ever created that terrorizes billion of innocent beings is absurd. i had conversation with the carnists hippies many times, and every time i get so mad. even the one’s that are vegan are saying all the time that we shouldn’t bother other people with what their eating, but I wonder how calm and shanti they’d be if it were their sister lying on someone else’s plate. it’s noteworthy that the rainbow gathering’s food is strictly vegan.
anyway, after she asked about my age in such a condescending and disgusting way I went to have some dates and pears in my tent, and I got to a point where i felt like i needed to get the fuck out from this place asap. i picked up all my shit and then a new friend, Kiki, came to see if I was heading out and i went with him, and a few more hitchhikers back to civilization.
on the way I could help myself from stopping to pick some grapes from the vineyards all over us, and I got myself a really nice box of my almost favorite grapes – crimson red. as it is “Shmita” here in Israel, a year in which we don’t cultivate or pick fruits commercially just so the land could have some time to regenerate itself, the vines were packed with ripe sweet and beautiful grapes just waiting for me to binge on 🙂 seriously, meeting Kiki and picking grapes were actually the highlights of my rainbow experience, but i was happy to spend some time in nature and with friends, and its absolutely great to try something out and just see that’s its not for you, so you don’t have to wonder what would it be like if you went and tried it out.
to conclude, I really don’t have anything against the rainbow, I had a nice time, but i didn’t really connect to the atmosphere there and I preffer Midburn and Burning man events much better. It’s not allowed to take pictures there because no electricity is allowed, but I took the liberty to shoot some pics anyway 🙂
Peace,
Henya
the rainbow gathering in israel 2014
my tent and fruits. I had another box of cherrimoyas, pears and kiwis inside the tent. no need to give up on a fruitarian RT4 or fully raw lifestyle when camping.
the vineyard
hippies in the picking!
doesn’t seem like much but my guess is that there’s 20kg worth of grapes here

me and Kiki 🙂
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Minimalist Traveling In Israel

Well
hello there Maniacs!
It’s
about the time I’m almost done with my exams and I have more free
time to do my thing, so I though I might as well use it wisely and
take a few days to go up to northern Israel and see our beautiful
country…
I
just came back from 3 days in Golan heights, followed by another
unplanned 1 day in tlv and 3 days in dor beach. I wanted to go as
minimalistic as I can, to see how I manage and as a small
preparation to my trip to Thailand and other frutilicious tropical
heavenly countries 🙂
Since
I heard the term minimalism, I got hooked on the idea. I started
getting rid of shit clothes I was hoarding for years and other
things, but I kept on buying more shit I didnt need nor use, and I
still had immense amounts of clutter all over my house, car and life.
In the last few months I started to really take my minimalist journey
to the next level and really get rid of things I didnt need. I sold
so many things and even had a “garage” roof sale with my friends.
I will write about it in the future, so stay tuned if you’re
interested. Anyway, I decluttered my house quite a bit, and really
started to take into consideration what I need in life and I would
definitely want to experiment with that when I go traveling in asia
in the next months. I though I would see how it goes in the trip to
the north as well.
Whats
in my bag?
1
long leggings
1vegan
shorts
2
tanks
4
pairs of undies
1
long hoodie [should’ve brought something warmer]
flip
flops
minimalistic
running shoes for hiking
phone
charger
credit
card, Bus card and id
some
cash [but no wallet! So proud of myself cause I usually go about with
a big ass wallet]
key
[only the one to my house]
mp3
player
ear
plugs
toothbrush
baking
soda [to use as shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste. Didn’t use it
once!]
box
of dates and 2.5 kg of peaches.
1.5
liter water bottle
Well,
at the first few days I didn’t really mind not changing clothes,
and I even washed 1 pair of panties in the shower, but I had worn one
tank in a hike an as I was gathering prickly pear or whatever name
your country calls this exquisite fruit, I had all the spikes fly
with the wind straight to my face, neck and shirt. So I wasn’t
wearing it ever since and didn’t even think of washing it with all
the spikes stinging me on the way 😐 so turns out I wore the other
tank for a long time and I got really tired of it when I came back o
tlv and was about to head out to dor beach. I almost borrowed a
friends shirt but at the end I gave up cause I already have too many
things and I just starting to give a fuck.
Seriously,
when I was out and about, having fun, out in nature and with friends,
I really couldn’t care less how I looked. At the beach I wore just
a sports bra and panties, and some of the time I was topless, and I
was just fine. People didn’t even notice I wasnt wearing a “proper”
bathing suite, and if they did? I don’t care. I’m not here to
entertain anyone or to look good for someone else.
But
enough about material objects. I had a really good time all in all. I
was really surprised that the north was this big and beautiful, and
had so much nature going around! Just driving through the area you’d
see fig trees and prickly pears, and the occasional spring here and
there..
but
besides that, it was a good experience for me to trust the world and
the people and nature in general, to provide me with food, and a
place to sleep. Though it didn’t really help with saving the battery
in my phone…
I
have to admit I was a little scared before going, as I didnt know if
I took enough things, and I was especially worried about the food. I
didn’t know where I could get good fruits [as I am doing the raw till
4 lifestyle now], and because the fruit quality these days is so low
and not satisfying, and I’m used to knowing what I’m eating and where
I’m buying it and how ripe it is. But up north, I managed quite good.

As
I got there we went to a supermarket to but some food. The fruit was
as expected inedible, so I bought pasta and some pasteurized orange
juice. The day after we went to an apple plantation, and picked some
nice apples. There was also a plum, grapes and nectarines plantation
so I picked some more 🙂 after that we went for a hike in Gilabon
wadi, where we saw some more food, and after that we found a big ass
fig tree I took the liberty to strip down of edible fruits 🙂

The
day after I wasn’t feeling all too well, I was really tired and
exhausted, and I rested the whole day. When it was evening I started
getting bored and wanted to do something, but I also started feeling
choked and cramped up in a far out location and I really wanted to
get the hell out. I was staying at a place with only 2 buses a day,
and within seconds I made up my mind to pack my shit, get out and
look for a bus station, when the bust was about to arrive In ten
minutes. Sounds silly and impulsive, but that simple act really
helped me feel in control and gain back my self confidence.
Sadly,
or not sadly but very tiring, it took me about 6 hours to get to tel
aviv, when I was headed for jerusalem. I missed the last bus and I
was starving by the time I got to tel aviv. That’s the problem with
this lifestyle, when you are undercarbed, you start being miserable.
I was thinking about food the whole way back! I bought some stir
fried rice with no oil and salt in tlv and stayed at a friends house.
It is pretty amazing eh? That you could just hop from one place to
another, and get by so easily in this world. It was really great to
let go of my frick-controlish-part for a bit, and just rely on things
to be ok.

After
I stayed the night in tlv I was supposed to go back to jlm and pack
my bathing suit, get more fruits, a sleeping bag, change my stinkin’
clothes and go back to tlv and head out to Dor beach from there, but
then I was like… do I really need all this hassle just for a
stinking bathing suite? Change of clothes? I can just borrow a
sleeping bag from a friend and but fruits anywhere! And I wouldn’t
need to carry them all the way from jlm.. besides, if I really wanted
to, I could just buy a new swim suite and it would cost me less time
and money than going back and forth.. that really put things into
perspective. I had a great time in tlv with Ggali my eternal love!
And I also arranged to meet a fellow rawtill4-er, Ginat the fruitbat!
After
this hot and amazing day in tlv, I went with Ron, a friend I met over
at Midburn, to dor beach for a big ass camping thing his friends
family organizes every year! It was really amazing to camp out on the
beach and chill and do nothing. We arrived at night, and I was soooo
tired already, we stayed for a bit in the bonfire and then I went to
sleep. The day after I was just chilling, eating fruits, tanning
topless, hooping, and on the next day, I did much of the same but
started to get to know the people around me better, and feel more
comfortable. I also took a long walk on the beach hoping to find new adventures, and even though I didn’t meet lots of interesting new people, I did get to a nice little camp that played music and I did my own party on the rocks and danced myself away with the waves..
I
guess there’s no way around it. It takes me a while to feel
comfortable around people and I do get a bit anxious in social
situations. That’s why I prefer to be by myself and fend for myself
whenever necessary. I’m afraid of being judged in a certain way and
I try to read the atmosphere a bit before I open up .I probably come
up as a shy and quiet person or maybe even an antisocial lone wolf
sometimes. I have it a lot easier on one-on-ones.
I
was even more worried about the food before we went to the beach. I
didnt have a clue what food they’re going to have over there, if
they’d have any fruits, but since I was already relying on the world
for a few days already, I just let it be. Right before we took off I
bought some grapes and nectarines, baby corn and dates, and I did
finish up all my food before we headed back home, so I ended up
eating some bread with tahini. After I got home I was still out of
food so I had some rice cakes with tahini and a few veggies. I felt
ok when having it, but this morning I woke up with a fever and with
pain all over my body. It could be the food but I have a feeling it’s
that massive sunburn I got that’s fucking me up.
I’m
happy I got out of my comfort zone and started to experience new
things, and I’m grateful not to have my studies in the way all the
time. Can’t wait to be really over with it.
This
little trip really got me interested in living in a moshav or kibbutz
for a bit, and I made up my mind to go on a gathering trip again next
week, where you walk around in a group for 5 days an eat only what
you forage. I was at a foraging trip a few months back, but I feel
like this time I could have a better experience.

To
sum it up, I had a blast. But it is good to be home, take a nice NOT
hot shower for my aching skin, and have a change of clothes.