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Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv March 14th 2009

One can come to be used to new circumstances at an alarming speed. I have experienced this phenomenon on more than one occasion, and find it to be a theme running through my current travels as well. Where I currently reside, in Poriyya Illit on the south-western slopes above the Kinneret, the feeling is one of quiet, relaxed solitude. Unlike in the kibbutziem where the collective is the priority and I think you would be hard-pressed to ever feel alone, in this hilltop village people live in detached homes, behind gates and fences and more or less mind their own business without too much interaction with the rest of the 'community.' Despite my description, I have not in any way found this place to be lonely (yet... I reserve the right to alter this statement in ... read more
Hot Enough for the AC
First Glimpse of the Mediterranean
First Hospital in Israel

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv March 9th 2009

It has been many years since I have dressed up for purim. I didnt even dress up when I was running my youth groups purim carnival. This year was a little different. i was in israel and every single person doesnt matter on your age I have noticed gets in the spirit of dressing up. So I was innovative, and decided to dress up as a twister board. The front of the tshirt was the spinner, and the back was the board. A lot of Otzmanikim decided to go into Ta and go to flourintine and have a good time. This is where I spent my new years eve same place different street party. LA,SD,NY and a couple other people were there. We all went to the apt in TA to hang out first and get ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv March 4th 2009

One month ago today I left for Israel. Time really does fly when you're having the greatest adventure of your life!!! I heard someone at the hostel say something along the lines of the shock of visiting somewhere so far away from home doesn't really wear off until you actually get back home and I have a feeling that will be so true in 5 months when I go back. I'm loving this experience that I'm having more and more every day. On February 15th I decided to go on a little day trip by myself to Yafo. About a 30 minute walk along the beach just south of Tel Aviv. It's an old port city believed to be one of the oldest cities in the world. It was such a beautiful walk (there and back) ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv February 20th 2009

It is amazing how in any given moment time can feel as though it is crawling by, but when you stop to look back, a whole week has passed. And this is where I presently find myself. I arrived in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv at 2:30am local time on Feb. 14/09. After a near eternity of traveling, it was glorious to be somewhere permanently, even if it did mean facing Israeli immigration. Being a bit of a worrywart by nature, I had spent a fair amount of time trying to conceive of every possible question that could be asked, along with the appropriate range of potential responses. However, about a week before departure I decided to abandon all worry and instead projected the image of myself walking out of the airport with ... read more
First Rays of Dawn in the Promised Land
The 'hood
The Homestead

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv February 17th 2009

After a long night yesterday and a long day today, we are tired. Our group has definitely bonded and found a common groove after days of travel including having our bus stranded in the rain yesterday after being blocked on a narrow road because of a accident between 2 other buses. The kids have also forged bonds and they are going off on their own as a group. Today we had a museum marathon in Tel Aviv with Israeli Independence being the common theme. The morning was at a kibbutz that hid an underground bullet factory during the British Mandate. After a brief stop in Jaffa for a beautiful ocean view and a snack, we headed to Tel Aviv and Independence Hall. We had wonderful guides in booth museums that helped us see the importance and ... read more
At the Bullet Factory
"Welcome Home to Israel"
The Kids and the Youth Counselor we have in Jerusalem

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv February 12th 2009

Day 17 1:30 am M.E.T. The diner I had on the plane was delicious. I ate chicken, mashed potatoes, a little feta cheese, chocolate cream cake, water and apple juice. There were two choices, but they ran out of pasta. I enjoyed this dinner better than the dinner on the flight coming to Israel. I ate this meal at 1:30 am, 32,000 feet high, our speed is 567 m.p.h.; we are over the Agean Sea and have traveled 1,000 miles. 10:54 pm M.E.T., our plane has landed and we are now waiting in the New York Airport for our flight to Columbia. The flight departs at 10:00 am. The flight lasts 30 minutes. The plane was very small, two seats in a row, two rows across. The plane landed and we waited downstairs for Mom to ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv January 22nd 2009

Well it's bright and early at ben gurion airport, I'm on my iPod with free Internet waiting for my aeroplane. In 6 hours I shall be in England. I hope to do the hop on hop off bus tour of London today, see a play, do some Shakespeare stuff and book my tour of Windsor castle, bath and Stonehenge which is super exciting. Teachers got a pay rise yay! I'll blog again in London xoxo to you all, bok a toe (sp?) to israel - good morning, to da- thank you, and shalom! You've been very kind to me. I'll be back!!!!!... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv December 31st 2008

Hi Everyone-- I arrived safely after an 11.5 hour plane ride. I am jet lagged to the max but settling into my hotel room nicely. Except for everyone watching the news alot, there is really no signs that anything is wrong in the country as the violence is contained to the GAZA Strip which is a ways from here. Everyone has been very nice starting with the cab driver who promptly spilled about his divorce woes after learning I was a counselor. He now has a much younger Russian "girlfriend" who he has married for visa purposes but does not consider to be his wife. He seems convinced she will leave him as soon as she finds someone who does not have such large alimony and child support payments to make each month. Life problems are ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv December 31st 2008

Hi Everyone-- I met a professor named Yehuda from George Mason University at a cafe this afternoon and he recommended a walking tour which took me along the Mediterranean Sea to Jaffa and back through several market areas. The sea was gorgeous but extremely windy. There were several brave men wind surfing as it actually was not all that cold. Old Jaffa is mentioned in the Old Testament and was founded by Japheth serving as a major port until Tel Aviv built a much bigger one. Japheth's father was Noah known for that big bad flood and the famous ark. The town is primarily Arab and has some very old buildings, clock tower, port and an old flea market. I had a great lunch here snacking on kabab with real humus as an appetizer. By the ... read more
Tel Aviv Marina
Tel Aviv Skyline
Tel Aviv Architecture

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv December 30th 2008

Few months ago: My Father: my dear daughter (dear in Hebrew is the same word as expensive, I think that that’s what he wanted to say) I am going to be 60 soon. Merav: I know, you are old but wise and still good looking… F: what should we do with this important day? M: a big party, my only and much respected father. I have already started organizing, it’s the only plan I have - I’ve promised every one that I will be in Israel in November, for your birthday F: but I don’t want to have a big party, I am thinking of something different.. M: yyyyyyyyyeeeeeessssssssssss????? what’s on your mind? F: I am thinking of a trip or something… M: you know that Europe is difficult to travel in for 2 people in ... read more

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