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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv May 21st 2008

I'm not even sure if that's the correct transliteration for the Hebrew word excuse me. There doesn't seem to be a free transliteration website. Well, I've never written a blog before. I don't even read other people's blogs. Everyone else seems to have a litany of go-to web sites, blogs, and such. I don't. When I work at a desk job I go to facebook, gmail, and maybe vogue.com. I have no idea what else is out there and frankly find it hard to get worked up enough to nose around anywhere else. So if you're reading this, you are far more internet savvy than myself. I will now stop blogging about the blog. It's too meta. I'm in Tel Aviv at the moment. I wish I had started this earlier. I've been in Israel for ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv May 21st 2008

Here is more or less the itinerary of my last week or so in Israel. Thank you Katherine and Erica for organizing this! I wouldn't have remembered other wise. As you can see, it was packed to the brim. Sunday Arrive at hotel in Jerusalem Dinner and Icebreakers Monday Panoramic view of Jerusalem Tour of the Old City and Wailing Wall Short hike through arab village (name anyone?) Long bus ride up to the Golan Heights Evening at Kibbutz Gadot Night out at Kibbutz pub (bar in bomb shelter, ha.) Tuesday Half-day Canyon water hike in the Yahudia and Kazerin canyons of the Golan Heights - swimming in water falls. Rafting the Jordan River Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias Camping at Antina campsite Campfire fun Wednesday Hike in Amoud Wadi near Tsfat (forested ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv May 17th 2008

Dutch Version: Het wordt weer eens tijd om wat fotootjes up te loaden. Geen lange verhalen deze keer, gewoon een impressie van de laatste maand (of iets langer). Ik ga nog steeds 3 ochtenden in de week naar hebreeuwse les, werk een paar uur per dag als telemarketeer voor de nederlandse markt. Tussendoor maken we uitstapjes en we hebben in de maand april en begin mei zoveel joodse feestdagen, vakanties etc. achter de rug dat ik de tel een beetje kwijt was. Nu is het weer even rustig na de grote afsluiter van het 60 jarig bestaan van de staat Israel net bij ons om de hoek, groot feest!!! Mijn visa aanvraag (voor werkvergunning etc.) is geweigerd omdat ik een lullig stempeltje miste op mijn geboortecertificaat dus dat was toen snel klaar, fuck zo blijf ik ... read more
At the beach of Ceasaria
Learning Hebrew at Ulpan Gordon in Tel Aviv
Purim party at the school

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv May 16th 2008

Israel's day of remembrance for fallen soldiers was last Wednesday, and I sang in service our program put on last Tuesday night. The next day, Hilary and I left early in the morning for Eilat. On Yom Hazikaron and Yom Hashoah, a siren goes off every year, and the whole country stops and stands for a minute and listens to it. On Yom Hashoah I was in class, a siren went off during our Yom Hazikaron service, and our bus to Eilat pulled over and we all stood up for the siren. Eilat is interesting. The city is really small, the beach is the main attraction. The beaches aren't as nice as Tel Aviv beaches though. Hilary and I hung out on the beach for Thursday and Friday, and Friday morning we went scuba diving with ... read more
Scuba gear!
Petra
Petra

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv May 9th 2008

As the sun sets, and Israel's 60th anniversary officially draws to an end, my sunburned self and friends sit on our upstairs mirpeset (patio) and sing and dance our hearts out to 80s music. Perhaps not a "normal" way to bring this momentous day to a close, it seems a fitting end...dancing and singing...for a day most of the world never dreamed could happen. And on this day, which began in the night with a tekes (ceremony), after a national day of mourning those who had the courage to stand and fight, and were killed in doing so, we celebrate. But, the real question is...what exactly are we celebrating? In the Jewish tradition we are fastidious about marking occasions, events, lives, deaths, and time periods. 30 days after a death is considered the "shloshim" the time ... read more

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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv May 3rd 2008

I spent my Pesach break in London and Ireland. A bunch of my close friends are studying in London, so I stayed with them in their dorm near Kings Cross. They had been complaining about their dorm, because it's brand new but nothing quite works right, but it's like palace compared to my prison of a dorm room. It was really nice to see them again, but it was strange to be in London with them- I had planned on studying there for this semester up until late last summer. The day after I got there, their program took them to Brighton Beach, so I came along for the trip. Brighton Beach is beautiful. The pier is really fun and the whole town is just adorable. The first weekend I was in London, my friends and ... read more
Tower Bridge
Big Ben!
Afternoon Tea!

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv March 26th 2008

Nachdem es die letzten Tage einfach nur zu heiss war (um die 35 Grad aber gefuehlte 40) ist heute wieder das Wetter human geworden und ich moechte ein paar Fotos von einer sehr schoenen ruhigen Gegend zeigen. Man glaubt es nicht aber diese Nachbarschaft liegt mitten im Zentrum, zwischen 2 Hauptstrassen, direkt hinter dem Markt, und nahe am Strand. ... read more
ein wahrer Ruhepol
eine Oase
:)

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv March 23rd 2008

Diese Woche fand PURIM statt, die israelische Version von Fastnacht, juedisch, mit dem Vorsatz: "Drink until you dont remember"... read more
Shaul
Purim
Florentin

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv March 23rd 2008

Am 21. 3. bin ich JetSki gefahren und habe den Sonnenuntergang gesehen. Das Wasser wirkte wie Seide. Es gab keine Wellen, und seit Freitag ist eine fast unertraegliche Hitze in Israel, die von Wind aus Osten ruehrt. Temperaturem um die 33-35 Grad und den ganzen Tag blauen Himmel bescheren Israel einen vorgezogenen Sommer und eine starke Schwere.... read more
Sonnenuntergang
und Jetski

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv March 22nd 2008

Dutch Version: Toen ik eind januari in Israel aankwam kostte het me aardig wat moeite om uberhaupt het land binnen te komen. Ik voldeed blijkbaar aan alle opmerkelijkheden want overal werd ik er uitgepikt voor extra controle. Dat begon al op Schiphol, ondervragingen, tas leeg gehaald, tas opnieuw gescand. Op Ben Gurion was ik bij de paspoortcontrole de Sjaak. Volg die man maar even?! Ja, inderdaad, diegene die nu met je paspoort verdwijnt zonder iets te zeggen, ga daar maar ff zitten. Na een uur mocht ik dan eindelijk meekomen voor wat ondervragingen. Op zich niets aan het handje en ik ben natuurlijk een goudeerlijke gozer!!!?? Toen moest alles nog ff gedoublecheckt worden en werd Michal gebeld met allerlei vragen. Gelukkig gaf ze dezelfde antwoorden en mocht ik, na beloofd te hebben om niet naar de ... read more
Masada
Ready to climb Masada
Up the so called "snake path"




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