Shaked’s Reflections: The Trip of a Lifetime

 

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About a week ago, my mom kissed me goodbye at the airport.

Then it was just me, my suitcase, my social anxiety and a group of people I have never seen before.

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in Sabiha Gokcen airport

The first stop was Istanbul, where the connection has started while helping each other write resolutions for the MUN conference, the main reason for the trip. Between writing and taking photos of our Starbucks coffee mugs, we started to get to know each other.

The group was diverse, 11 delegates, 5 of them are Jewish, 5 are Muslims and one Christian. I was one of the Jewish ones. For me, the diversity between us was one of the main reasons for the trip to be even better than I could have ever imagined.

The night afterward was the night we met most of the other delegates that will be in the conference. I got really scared knowing that everyone was older than 20, and I was 15, a thought that quickly disappeared through the days while meeting another group of high school students that was in the conference as well.

Sunday was the day we had the field trip to Prizren, one of the prettiest places in Kosovo.
On our way, we saw the house and heard the story of the national hero of Kosovo, and for my opinion, one of the biggest heroes in Europe, Adem Jashari.

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A Sufi tekke (center) in Prizren

In Prizren itself, we met three amazing people, the priest and head of the Catholic cathedral, the leader of the Jewish community and the sheikh of the (Halveti) Sufi community.

The last couple of days, especially the KIMUN (Kosovo International MUN) conferences, that was an amazing experience for itself.

Never in my life did I think that I would have such an incredible experience and meet such amazing people.
I couldn’t ask for a better trip and I’m thankful for that.

by: Shaked Haninovich

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Meeting the head of the Jewish community in Prizren

 


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