I figured I’d take you on the clichéd walkthrough of my new temporary living space, otherwise known as a dorm (or apartment, here).
My dorm is much nicer on the outside than it is on the inside. The campus is called the Mount Scopus Campus of Hebrew University. I live in Student Village.
This first picture is of me walking through the front door and looking right. See? Shiny couch/chairs and table that were already there (and dirty) when we arrived.
Next, you might see our one-chair-short dining room set. We have a kitchenette and it’s all just hunky dory!
I share my apartment with four other girls: Leo from the US, Martina from Poland, and Aline (pronounced Al-ee-neh) from Holland. The last bedroom is still empty. Wonder what the future holds…Dun dun dun!!!
This picture is of my three bathrooms. Two of them have toilets and small sinks, one has a shower and a big sink…and then there’s an extra big sink outside just for grins.
I spent last night scouring the shower. It was disgusting. I should have taken before and after pictures because I could probably submit them to the cleaning company and have it become a commercial…it was that disgusting. I have never felt cleaner than when I got out of that shower and the tiles were actually WHITE! :O I know, huge shocker.
This is my bedroom. It’s small…and every other person on this trip has already complained about the mattress…but I like it. This is actually the first mattress that I’ve slept on in a few months that didn’t hurt! I must be programmed backwards. We have a silver fish problem… (At least that’s what I think they’re called…) They really seem to like my room…though they will hopefully come to find that my room REALLY doesn’t like them. Wage war on bugs? We all know that I can do that. I should be called The Exterminator. Bring. It. On.
Here is a daytime and nighttime picture of my view. Since I’m all the way up on the top floor, it’s one of the best views here. Also, there’s a nice and healthy breeze in Jerusalem…so my windows spends more time open than closed. For those of you who know me and the way my allergies work, be surprised. I sure was.
As of right now, we don’t have internet in the apartment. We’re working on buying a router…but purchasing anything is a WHOOOOLE other host of problems.
I still don’t have any money. I’ve been to four places. I hate being the friend who mooches off others… I feel homeless…asking people for tzedaka. Oy. If I can’t convert any money soon, we’re going to have a BIIIG problem.
Tomorrow, a group of friends and I intend to visit the Old City to visit the Kotel/Western/Wailing Wall. I will be placing all of the letters I received in it. So please hold for future updates.
Speaking of friends, I’ve made a few. You may or may not be hearing about them in future updates. For remembrance sake; Ariel, Grace, Rachel, Zev, and Esther. I also met a Naomi on the plane. She’s a youngin.
Today I took a walking tour of campus. Here are some pictures of the pretty buildings. I then had orientation where I totally may or may not have fallen asleep. Whoops?
On a side note: Just wanted to say how excited I am that I’m finally here. It’s amazing how difficult it was…(and still is…) but extra thanks to super!mom and the ever-wonderful Nancye, I made it. Best feeling in the world. 🙂
I guess that could be it for now. Until I have internet…