Our muscles were sore as we got on the bus headed to Taybeh. We met with our local guide, Ms. Elena Khoury. We were guided through the archeological remains of St. George Church. We then headed to Taybeh Brewery, the very first microbrewery in the Middle East. We learned about the different types of beer Taybeh makes, and campers got to sample their 0.0% alcohol version. Later, we headed to a local olive press, where campers got to know about the process of olive picking, pressing, and oil making.
Ms. Khoury then took us on a tour of the old town of Taybeh, talked to us about the different trees and plants that exist in Palestine’s nature that were present in Taybeh, and walked us to an ancient Palestinian house at the top of the hill in the old town. We then headed to another heritage house where old artifacts were preserved to show how Palestinians used to live.
We ended our day with an amazing buffet lunch at Taybeh Golden Hotel.
For the evening session, we welcomed Dena Takruri from AJ+ on campus, who talked about her experiences around the world as a journalist. The campers and Ms. Takruri engaged in an interactive discussion about the role of journalism, social media, and young people in voicing opinions about social implications worldwide.