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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 7th 2013

Happy Monday back home my lovely family and friends! I sit here on this beautiful Monday afternoon in Tel Aviv, with the view of the Meditteranen Sea and my iced coffee in hand. Excuse me, it is not iced coffee, this Café Mersand informed me there were out of iced coffee but can make me cold espresso with milk and ice....so it's quite similar. Tastes just as satisfying if you ask me :) Since I have last blogged I have begun my volunteering. Here's the update on my volunteering; I have "Resigned" from my volunteer site at the Kadimah Youth Center because I spoke with this about a hand full of my Israeli friends, and they warned me this is an unsafe neighborhood and that I should not go there, especially by myself as a young ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 5th 2013

Happy Saturday and Shabbat Shalom. Shabbat in Israel is ofcourse much different than a Shabbat I am used to back home. Here in Israel, things stop, stores shut down, and of course, if you are in Jerusalem it is a whole different story...the city truly is at rest. I spent my Shabbat evening with Reuven's family. They live in Rehovot, a 20 minute train ride from Tel Aviv. I'm glad to say I feel more comfortable riding the Israeli train system over the New York subway system...I never quite learned that New York subway system but for some reason a train system in a different language strikes me as easier to understand! I met Reuven's whole family and girlfriend! I was very happy to spend the night eating a delicious home cooked meal instead of the ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 4th 2013

Jerusalem gilt als das religiöse Zentrum Israels, während Tel Aviv (wörtlich übersetzt "Frühlingshügel") oft als das weltliche Zentrum des Landes bezeichnet wird. Nach unserer fünfstündigen Busfahrt von Eilat sind wir also gespannt auf das bunte, laute und lebenslustige Tel Aviv das uns erwarten würde. Auf dem Weg dahin fahren wir nur durch grässliche verbaute Satellitenstädte und die Hoffnung, dass Tel Aviv vielleicht eine Schönheit sein könnte erfüllt sich leider auch nicht. Die Stadt ist zwar ein spannender Schmelztiegel mit jeder Menge Leben aber leider, wie viele andere Städte auf dem Weg, auch dreckig und verbaut. Das Bewusstsein für die Umwelt ( z.B. Müll in einen Abfalleimer werfen) und Erhalt von Bauten fehlt den Israelis leider völlig, auch hier im hippen Tel Aviv, dem westlich geprägten "Aushängeschild des modernen Israel". Wirklich Schade, wo sie doch so f ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 3rd 2013

SARASOTA, FL TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Started from Sarasota, Fl at 11:30 am and arrived in Tel Aviv at 2:30 pm the next day. Accounting for the seven time zones that took 20 hours with the last leg from JFK in New York on a 747 being over 10 hours alone. All the flights were good and smooth except for a short duration of bumpiness over the Atlantic Ocean. On the 747, there was some commotion among the passengers when boarding, but everything calmed down after we started taxiing and it was a pleasant journey thereafter. The meals were adequate and the service efficient. I watched the movie “42” about Jackie Robinson and listened to music most of the flight. I napped little, however, so when I arrived at my hotel, The David Intercontinental in Tel ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 2nd 2013

Happy Wednesday everyone :) Lastnights adventures truly were a cultural experience, a Hebrew salsa dancing lesson. My friend Reuven is a salsa instructor here in Israel, so he took me out for a night of salsa lessons/dancing! We went to a salsa club in Tel Aviv, not far from Dizengoff (my street). I went with Reuven and a friend of his, who is one of his salsa students. The salsa lessons were divided into different sections (from beginning to advanced). I ofcourse, and Reuven agreed, that I start at beginners. Reuven told the instructor "English please!" at the beginning of the salsa lesson but this did not last through out the whole lesson. Gratefully, I had Reuven translating for me some of the lesson, but this did not make me an advanced salsa dancer! Despite the ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv October 1st 2013

Shalom friends and family back home! So since I am a "free bird" for the remainder of the week, I have found myself being able to sleep in, wake up to eat a brunch, and than figure out my plans for the remainder of the day. I like to classify myself as a "free spirited" type of person when I am back home, and many of you might agree with that. So this "free bird" lifestyle is easily likeable for the time being....sababa. I sit here in my apartment, with the windows and doors wide open letting in the fresh air as I write this blog entry. It's beautiful, I must enjoy every moment here :) Is it snowing in Minnesota yet ;) SOO last night Reuven picked me up and we headed to Yaffo (Jaffa ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv September 30th 2013

Well today, or should I say this afternoon, was my first full experience of Tel Aviv, solo! I say this afternoon because I let the morning slip away in my slumber. So it turns out that the jet lag did get the best of me. I should have known I was going to sleep through the morning because I could not fall asleep until past 3 AM. So my day started at 1 when I woke up to loud music outside of my apartment, at first I was upset that I was awoken so early and than I realized it was past 1 PM, so I thanked that loud car that drove by :) I grabbed a bite to eat for breakfast in the apartment, which was cottage and cereal. While eating breakfast on my outside ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv September 29th 2013

Well, I have made it to my new home in Tel Aviv! Dizengoff 89 will be my home for the next month. I landed in Tel Aviv today around 1:30 PM. The flight was eleven hours, and I was happy to be able to sleep a large portion of that time. I was also happy to met a new friend at the airport on our long layover. We met one another as we were sitting in the air Canada terminal, and even managed to switch seats on the airplane so we were able to sit by one another. My new friend is Leah from Herzilliya (apologizes in advance if I misspelled!) The Air Canada food was not to satisfying...my lunch was a small portion of chicken with veggies, bread, and a chocolate mousse dessert. Breakfast included ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv July 3rd 2013

Dear friends and family, This is mostly to write that after an exhausting trip, we have arrived safely in Tel-aviv. Our day in Zurich turned out to be very pleasent and long. We even had time to swim in the Lake, and take in some tourist attractions. The Fraumunster Church with itsits elegant spire and Marc Chagall windows are really something. But after the long wait in Zurich, we finally got on our late flight to Isreal were we arrived 4 AM last night. And after a car ride from the airport, were Adrian almost died of anxiety, since he had never driving with Nis before. (whom actually drove quite elegantly) We arrived at the Hotel at 5 pm. So now after a day of restitution, mindfulness and exercise, and a look around the 'touristic' city ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv June 16th 2013

When my GBF (Gay Best Friend) Emanuel said flippantly that we should go to his homeland of Israel, I don’t think he quite thought that I was being serious when I excitedly said yes. Nevertheless, he had made the offer, albeit an offhand one and I had accepted. I would never turn down a guided tour of a country that I had previously put on the ‘too dangerous’ list. We booked the flights before he could back out. For an added bonus after we booked the flights we realised that the Gay Pride week was on for the last weekend that we were there. I’m going to mix it up a bit and start this story from the end. My last weekend in Israel was fabulous. Actually no it was Fabulous. It deserves a capital letter. ... read more
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