Every morning, he woke up in the scorching sun, harvesting wheat in the field outside of Moree. He is used to repetitive labour like that, because he grew up in a Kibbutz called HaSolelim (הסוללים). Later, he served in the Navy for three years, since compulsory military service is part of rite of passage for most Israelis. The video above shows his unit. What a unique experience is that!
After 40 days of intense labour, Ido got a natural orange tan, drove down the country road, and was on his way to Victoria to milk the cows before finishing up his working-holiday visa requirements.
Despite the hard yakka and long hours of driving, Ido has the enthusiasm of a social activist. His arms and legs were literally waving around while talking. Currently, Ido is channeling his passion into exploring different culture. After Australia, he is heading to Japan next year.
As always, I was very evangelical to share my passion for living in Canberra. He felt a little regretted that he was not able to budget more time visiting the place. That was expected, since Canberra-bashing is a national sport. Most people got the good-intentioned advice that "there is nothing to do in Canberra".
Ido is still trying to decide between going to university in Israel versus Germany. He started learning Python, but still trying to figure out an IT related major is right for him. "In Heifa, we have Technion. Students have to study so hard there, and many smoke weed to relax."
When I was 23, I was in a crossroad about the meaning of life. In a way, I see part of myself in him.