Nimrod Gornstein, Israel

It took me 40 days to walk across Israel from its most southern point on the shore of the Dead Sea to its northern corner on the Lebanese border.

1000 Kilometers long, the trail is called The Israel National Trail, marked Orange White and Blue, symbolizing the desert, the sea and the snow you encounter along the road.

Unlike other trails all over the world, this trail has a unique advantage of giving the hiker the possibility of being the guest of “trail angles” – people living on villages and cities on the trail and willing to host hikers for free, giving them a warm shower, dinner and a roof for a night.  I was lucky enough to be a guest of a farmer’s family, a Bedouin tribe, a rich millionaire living in the richest street in the country and an artist who hosted us in his Tippy-tent in the mountains outside Jerusalem.

The trail gave me not only a landscape picture of Israel but also a cultural portrait of its inhabitants. The best example for coexistence in Israel might be hidden not in negotiations or ideology, but in walking by foot through the land and its people.

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