Apparently my roommates are dragging me out tonight. So, in place of a long post detailing…more details than you could possibly want to know, I’ll try and make this as short/swift/painless as possible.
Yesterday marked a stressful time for Israel. The Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority approached the UN and asked for Statehood. It felt as if the entire country was waiting with bated breath to see if anything would happen. The famous Jerusalem Security Blimp made an appearance. It hung out above the Old City for about five hours in the morning and then disappeared.
Then, while fireworks were going off all evening (red, green, and white…the color of the Palestinian flag), Arielle and I made our first real dinner. It was exciting!It started with a mess of ingredients and ended in…a mess of ingredients. xD But it tasted delicious. I attempted to make chicken for the first time ever:But since Arielle is a vegetarian, the chicken was ALL FOR ME! Which is great, cause it turned out goooood:Arielle contributed some potatoes that we boiled and then mashed. Our wild mix of ingredients turned out delicious looking. We tossed in some garlic, onions, tomatoes, corn, couscous, and mushrooms. The cornucopia of ingredients came together well and when mixed in with some pita, I had a meal fit for…well…me!We ended the evening with Pirates of the Caribbean. All in all, a successful evening.
This morning when I woke up, my grandpa’s friend Yoram and family picked me up at the Kfar and took me to his house for a traditional Israeli breakfast consisting of bread (with hummus or butter), salad, tuna, and hard boiled eggs.
We sat and talked for a few hours before Yoram and I parted ways from the rest of the family. He took me on a long tour of Jerusalem in his car. We drove through the historical/political sites such as Knesset (parliament), the offices of the country (Foreign Affairs, Internal, etc), Netanyahu’s house, the VP’s house, and the Israeli museum where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. He took me to an outlook on the other side of Jerusalem.
That was nice because I had honestly never seen it before. And I can’t say that about most views here.
From there, he took me through Ein Kerem and then to a place I had mentioned in passing to him during breakfast. When I was in Israel the first time, I stayed at one particular Kibbutz for quite a while. Kibbutz Tzuba was home, but unfortunately, it’s a bit of a ways outside of Jerusalem. I had thought I wouldn’t get to see it again, but Yoram took me as a surprise! Here was my home for a week about six years ago:
And here’s a picture of the grassy/floral path down to the cafeteria. It really hasn’t changed at all from this view, but they’ve actually added a huge chunk to the Kibbutz that is very industrial. We think that they have fruits and veggies now.
He then drove me out to Beit Shemesh (depicted below. It’s a bit more modern than the surrounding cities…) and many other small villages.He then brought me back to campus where I have been sitting…on my butt…in my bed…ever since.
Tomorrow is my last day of Ulpan and Monday is my final. I’m already making plans for the Rosh Hashanah holiday so that I don’t have to stay at the Kfar by myself. I’m thinking a day trip to the Dead Sea and Masada might be in order.
I shall keep you posted.