by Adina Merenstein
Wonders of wonders, miracles of miracles! How proud would Ben Gurion have been to see the incredible progress of the Negev.
Our first stop of the day was to meet the Mayor of the city of Mitzpe Ramon, Ronnie Marom, to understand what the people of this area are made up of. We learnt that tourism and IT were the draw cards as well as the vineyards due to the terrain and weather.
Then we continued on to the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor’s Center. Here we learned that Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon took his name from this region as it reminded him of space. Sadly whilst on a research mission, the shuttle exploded on 1/2/2003 after 16 days in space.
Mitzpe Ramon means ‘The place of the Romans’. We learned that the Ramon crater was created by erosion and flooding. A natural phenomenon occurring after millions of years and millions of years ago.
There are many types of flora and fauna living here in this Machtesh. We were lucky enough to spend the afternoon driving through the crater in Jeeps, understanding the area from within as opposed to the juxtaposition of the 5 star hotel from above where we stayed.
All in all our experience here is one not to forgotten.