The past few weekends have been action packed!
I went with a group from school to Arad, which is up north, for a Shabbaton (a weekend away, it happens over shabbat from Friday morning to Saturday night). On Friday we hiked through the desert, which really puts your size in perspective. On Saturday we walked to the Glass Museum of Gideon Fridman, two works of which I put among the photos. Overall, it was quite enjoyable!

Last Friday at the hour of 6:00 I awoke, bright eyed and bushy tailed, to catch a cab out of Jerusalem with a few friends. We drove for about half an hour (which is more than it might seem given the overall size of Israel), at which point there were buckets of rain being emptied upon up from the sky. When we asked the cab driver if he knew where the trail started, he offered to drive us back to Jerusalem. We toughed it out though, and began our leisurely walk. It’s much easier not to get thirsty when its raining so much at least!
The first leg consisted of a steep muddy hill. Not 10 minutes into the hike, my hands were down in the mud as I tried to scramble up, and my feet peddled fruitlessly through the mud… It was quite amusing to be sure, and perhaps the most fun part of the hike (besides the four different playgrounds that we tested out). 18 kilometers later, after some exploring and a nice lunch, we found ourselves back in downtown Jerusalem. It was a great time, and I slept amazingly well that night.

Last night for thanksgiving, we fit about 20 people in one of the apartments, and everyone brought a dish. It was amazingly festive, complete with turkey cut-outs strung across the ceiling. It was wonderful to be among friends celebrating, since I was so far from the wonderful Thanksgiving I have become accustomed to with family at home.

Additionally, I have taken up crocheting again. I am in the process of making a hat and a round scarf, and have taught one of my roommates to crochet as well 🙂 It’s so much more exciting to make them myself! Plus, I can do exactly what I want. I’ll be sure to post pictures when they are finished.

I will try to make my next post a bit more exciting, I have two midterms to study for at the beginning of the week and my time constraints will not allow me to decorate this page with words as fully as I would like at the present moment.

Love to All!

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What I’ve Been Up To

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1. Doing lots of henna, as you can see from the photos. I had cones that I had brought back from India, but they are running low 😦 Fortunately, I found some henna powder at the spice shop in the shouk (big outdoor market), so I hope to figure out how to use that!

2. Cooking! I have a ridiculous amount of fun shopping for groceries here, as that takes place at the aforementioned shouk. It contains stalls and stalls of everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to that cheap adapter you wish you had found before you bought one at the mall. You can see the seasons changing as the nectarines and peaches disappear, persimmons and oranges pop up everywhere, and you start needing to bring your sweater with you everywhere. (I thought I was in Israel, it never gets cold here! Wrong. It even rained this weekend.)
I’ve been inspired by the bright colors, and have been currying and soy saucing and rosemary-ing (right downstairs from my building there is a huge huge area of fresh rosemary growing, along with some thyme) to the full extent of my heart’s desire. With an oven-less kitchen, I’ve had to get even more creative than usual, but it has been working out so far. The Moroccan stew that I included in the picture was one of the most delicious (and cutting intensive) things that I have made so far.

3. I have started my internship. Coexistence in the Middle East arranges academic trips to Israel to teach about the conflict from all sides, and I have been editing and editing and editing all the information for it. It’s quite exciting, although it might not sound so.

4. Reading and reading and reading and reading. All my classes are reading. It is a strange change from mostly studying and memorizing, although it obviously includes those things. For my Israeli Politics class we are going on a field trip to the Supreme Court, and in a few weeks on another trip to the Knesset. I expect both to be delightful!

5. Getting ready for this upcoming weekend, which will be spent in a sleeping bag in the Negev Desert. I will be sure to put up photos once they have been taken, as they are usually much more exciting to see than a bunch of words.

I hope all is well back in the states, I have been hearing a lot of chatter about Europe and not so much about America (besides all that Herman Cain nonsense and these hiccups about Iran), so I assume things are going relatively smoothly even in my absence 🙂

Love to all!