NYE in Israel! My friends and I were going to bring in the New Year on the beach, but we kept getting sidetracked on mini adventures on the way (as one does in Israel). We ran into a group of teenagers that taught us the "Soulja Boy" dance, a group of German tourists we ended up getting a drink with, a specialty gift shop we stopped in, stopping off for shawarma... before we knew it, we realized we had accidentally missed the 12 AM mark. Undeterred, we continued to the beach, set up a bonfire, cracked some bottles of champagne, and set off confetti poppers – celebrating bringing in the New Year at 12:52 AM. To this day, still one of the best New Year’s I’ve ever had.