First, it is fun, a lot of fun. And, I have met really interesting people and made some lifelong friends.
The soldiers whose paths have crossed mine have touched me, all in their own way. The Madrichot do their service as 18-20 year-olds organizing and supervising 50-80+ year olds. Think about that!
Then there are the soldiers on base, some spending their time cutting tomatoes and cucumbers, some in intensive combat training and everything else in between. I have arrived on base without power. I’ve showered in cold water. I’ve slept on a foam mattress. I have washed sand, sweat, insect repellent and paint out of my hair. Maybe at the same time. And yet I keep coming back.