Happy Holidays From Israel

Sun guard Jasmine Thomas is spending the WNBA off-season playing in Israel. Here is the second installment in a series of blogs about her experience. You can find her first blog here.

Hello!

The last time I wrote we were 2-0, now we are 3-1. After a two-week break from games, we resumed play last night against the other undefeated team in our league, Ramat Hen. It was an ugly game that did not end in our favor but luckily for us we have a quick turnaround this week playing a makeup game versus Jerusalem Thursday and another game Monday versus Holon. Both games will be tough road games that we need to win to not only stay at the top of the league but also to get back on the winning track toward our goal of being champions.

During the two-week break, I was able to spend a weekend at the Dead Sea! I stayed at the nicest hotel, Herods Dead Sea, and the weather was unbelievably great. With such a short trip I wasn’t able to see the sites around the Dead Sea area but I was able to enjoy the healthy benefits the Dead Sea has to offer. I floated in the skin nourishing Dead Sea water, exfoliated with the sand and covered my body with the famous mud mask. The hotel had tremendous spa services where I swam in the heated indoor salt pool, relaxed in the sauna and steam room, treated my body in the warm sulfur pool and got a deep cleansing facial. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and every year the water is actually becoming shallower. It was an amazing site to see and experience. I plan to go back when my friends come to visit in January. It won’t be as warm but because of the location the temperatures will still be decent although the water much colder. We will be able to see more of the historical sites in the area.

I can’t finish without addressing the holiday season! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that you are all looking forward to spending special time with your loved ones. This will be my second straight year not coming home for the holidays. It’s a strange feeling but, on the positive side, I never have to go through it alone. This Thanksgiving my roommate and I invited some of the Americans from a few different teams over to our place for a potluck dinner. We had about 20 people in attendance and with the delicious food, good conversations and the NFL games live on our TV came an authentic Thanksgiving atmosphere that we all were looking for. We received so many sincere messages thanking us for hosting the dinner and I was reminded of exactly what the holiday season is truly about – being grateful for what you have and spreading good spirits and happiness to others by giving. Now, I’m currently on a mission to find a Christmas tree and decorations for our apartment for a White Elephant Christmas party I’m planning!

I hope you enjoyed hearing about what I’ve been up to in the Holy Land. I hope that you all won’t hesitate to contact me via Facebook, Twitter, etc. to ask any questions, give feedback and/or to share some of your holiday experiences with me! I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time…

Happy holidays! <3

Jas

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