Claire's Journey to Israel

Current Location

Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem, Israel

Hello! My name is Claire Messina and I am studying Hebrew, Arabic and international relations at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. I am excited to share my journey with you all!


I traveled to eastern Israel with some of my friends from Hebrew University. We hiked in the Ein Gedi National Park, visited a historic fortress and swam in a natural spring and the Dead Sea.


Few people study abroad in Israel. Here is a better understanding of how I got to Jerusalem and what my first few weeks were like! 

Field Notes

The food in Israel is fantastic. The ingredients are fresh, local and tasty, and there is no lack of variety in what to eat. I have really enjoyed experiencing the food culture here! 


The most holy days in Israel recently occured. I had two and a half weeks off from classes because of this. My friends and I backpacked through Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey together!