Lest you think that Israel is not a small enough country to begin with (it would fit twice inside of Lake Michigan), an enterprising company has created Mini-Israel. We are required to bring 50% of our buses to this site. Here's the thing - if it was shaped like Israel, only in miniature, I wouldn't like it any better, but I would understand what they were trying to do. Instead, it's shaped like a melted Star of David. If you use the link above, you'll see what I mean.
There were a few amusing things about the visit/site:
1. Students renting golf carts to speed around the country.
2. They have a lot of little people (figurines, not dwarfs!) at the various sites. Skiing on the Hermon, praying at the Kotel, etc. It was actually pretty funny.
3. The chose the strangest landmarks to show. There's a really weird house that overlooks the beach in Tel Aviv that looks like it's melting. It's called the "crazy house". Yeah, it's there in all of its 1:25 scale glory.
Truth be told, it wasn't a great use of time, but it wasn't as horrible as we were all expecting. Plus, they had parasols for people to use. When was the last time you used a parasol?