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North America » United States » Louisiana January 7th 2008

Our group worked on 2 houses while in the gulf. At both houses we painted the inside and outside and cleared the exterior. It was tedious work, but work that had to get done. The last day was the only warm day, as you can see from me wearing a t-shirt. For most days however I was wearing at least 5 layers with a maximum of 7 for 2 of the days. The most rewarding moment for me took place while I was painting indoors. I was painting a room with Mel and Adam when this little girl ran in and told me it was her room. We then painted it together. ... read more
Group
House 1
Group

North America » United States » Mississippi » Gulf Coast December 31st 2007

This blog entry consists of two adventures. 1. The voyage of four Montreal students to New Orleans 2. Our group's first exposure to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. 1. 5 of us left Montreal on route for New Orleans with a stop over in Washington. 1 of us made it on the connecting flight and was able to join the rest of the group on time in New Orleans. The other 4, including myself were not so lucky. We missed our connecting flight, for reasons I do not want to get into and had to fly through Charlotte, NC. In Charlotte, we met a group of Hawaiians who were on their way to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. We finally arrived in New Orleans and took a taxi to Kiln, Mississippi where our campsite was. ... read more
Charlotte, eh?
Welcome!
Our Arrival

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans December 30th 2007

First off I would like to THANK ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED ME ON THIS TRIP!! This entry will be about the background to the trip and the next one will be the actual trip. Some Background information: Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast of the United States in August 2005, causing at least 1,836 deaths and over $80 billion in damages. (For more information on it check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina) A group of 18 Montreal students were chosen to participate in Hillel’s Hurricane Katrina Alternative Break, a week long exploration of hands-on service, education and community building. During our winter break, we traveled to New Orleans to rebuild houses with students from Montreal, Toronto and all over the United States. I spent my days painting, puttying, and learning. It has been over two years since ... read more

North America » United States » Vermont » Stowe December 29th 2007

Winter Break in Stowe this year was the best ever. Snow was in abundance, weather was nice, and EVERYONE WAS IN STOWE! Days on the mountain and nights at the Matterhorn, the Shed, and Ladies. A big crew from Watitoh was there as Kyle has moved to Stowe for the season and Adam Rickel flew in from Florida. Other unexpected Stowers were Ritchie Scheim, And the usuals, Kligers, Dubrovskys, Saskins, Newpols, Jospes, and everyone else... We all missed, Cappy, Plug and Congz.... read more
Mansfield Summit
Mansfield Summit
Mansfield Summit

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam July 18th 2007

Nighttime Photos with some quick stories: Sam's Visit: My uncle Sam came to visit while he was doing business in Europe. We went for a delicious steak dinner and then out to Dancin' Bij Jansen. This club was the Thursday hang out with 1 euro beers. Lance Vegas: Lance Vegas was the name of my first bike and by far the best. It was named Lance Vegas. Lance because like Lance Armstrong my bike was a champion and Vegas because it was purple.... read more
Sam's Visit
Out
Out

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam July 18th 2007

Daytime Photos with some quick stories: Golf: After school ended Ross and I had been doing lots of the same thing. One morning we woke up and wanted to do something different and fun. We found a golf course, called and booked a tee time for 45 minutes later! (The club was 45-50 minutes away). We got dressed, packed our bags, with heinekens of course and made off for the course. We got there, missed our tee time and ended up at the bar. After some more henies we headed for the course and had a great time. On the back nine we had run out of balls so we started searching for them in the rivers and canals so we could play on. ... read more
Ross Holding the Empties
Empties 1
On the Beach

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam July 18th 2007

Being on exchange in Amsterdam over a six month period was out of this world! The next three entries compose mostly of pictures from my experience that don't fit in an entry of their own. I have divided them up into three simply because there are so many photos. Overview 1: Amsterdam, Vondel Park and Views from Ross's Window Overview 2: Daytime Excursiouns Overview 3: Nighttime Adventures... read more
Canal
Canal
Canal

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam April 11th 2007

My friend Jawina took me Pesach shopping! Amsterdam only has a limited number of kosher restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries. (Even fewer for Pesach) Given this, I expected the price of food to be high so I only picked what I needed. I did have to make one exception for gefilte fish. 80 euros later, I walked out with some matza, a bottle of King David wine (most easily comparable to Manischewitz) and a few other essentials like jam. Spending Pesach in Amsterdam was an interesting experience. I ate using plastic plates and cutlery and my room mate Ross was more than understanding and accommodating. I even did b’dikat chametz. Ross and Sean hid the bread for me around our apartment. I really missed being at home with family around the usual Seder tables. For the ... read more
Pesach Shopping
Pesach Cleaning
Pesach Cleaning

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds April 4th 2007

I went to Leeds to visit Gali who was there doing her exchange at the University of Leeds. Our two exchanges were opposite in many ways. Gali lived in an American Style dorm complex with British students, Leeds is considered a student city by many with a growing economy and job market, and the University of Leeds has a huge campus comprising of many different faculties and disciplines. On the other hand, I lived in a single building that housed only exchange and international students, Amsterdam is a historic city which once had the biggest port in the world, the city continuous to boom however due to its geographic size, that growth is limited, and my school had only one building, with one faculty. While walking the streets of Leeds, it really did feel like a ... read more
York
York
Out in Leeds

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Leiden March 30th 2007

This weekend was one of the highlights of my exchange. Gali and I traveled to Leiden and to the Keukenhof. As many of you know, Holland is famous for its Tulips and its Windmills. This trip consisted of both of them. Leiden is a small city in the south of the Netherlands. As you walk from the train station to the center, you pass Leiden’s windmill. We went inside and climbed to the top, learning about the different windmills and the development of the windmill. From the top there is a magnificent view over parts of Leiden. The old area is made up of small streets and canals with tiny shops throughout. Walking through the streets is very scenic, romantic and relaxing. We ate lunch in a citadel at the top of a little hill in ... read more
Keukenhof
Windmill
View of Leiden




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