It’s a Mumford and Sons Kind of Day

A little bit of scheduling snafu’s and a little bit of homesickness.

Today I woke up quite introspective.  All quotes contained within this blog are from Mumford and Sons songs.  Enjoy…or not.  Either or.

I realized that I haven’t posted a blog in about a week (once again) and for that, I apologize.  Honestly, not much has happened that’s worth writing about.  That said, I shall attempt to make a stab at a semi-interesting post.

And if your strife strikes at your sleep
Remember spring swaps snow for leaves
You’ll be happy and wholesome again
When the city clears and sun ascends.

I had my archaeology quiz last Tuesday.  I also had an errand to run before class.  I set my alarm for 11:00, figuring that would give me enough time to get dressed, eat breakfast, run my errand, and still be early to my 12:30 class to study a bit more.  My alarm went off at 11:00, sure.

But my clock was an hour wrong.

So at “11:16” when I sat down to check my email, I saw that it was 12:16 and then had to literally run to campus to make it to class almost on time.

I don’t know how I did on the quiz.  So don’t ask.  I feel like I knew most of the material…but I didn’t know most of the dates and I missed out on the instructions, so I might have missed something important that I needed to write down…but I don’t know.

Tuesday night, I had a meeting with Michael about advertising for Les Mis.  We kinda set some stagework for things that we are and aren’t going to do to promote the show.  We got rid of the scavenger hunt idea.  Though I great idea, we don’t necessarily have the means to pull it off within the next two weeks.  So that was taken off the shelf and instead we are doing three “flashmobs” in Ben Yehuda and Mamilla Center.  A large group of the cast members will be going to public places and singing some of the songs from the show.  I’m quite looking forward to it.  …I even get a “Crew” shirt!

But plant your hope with good seeds
Don’t cover yourself with thistle and weeds
Rain down, rain down on me.

I had a Fast and Furious marathon with Martyna and in the process, made a new friend named Lanita.  She’s awesome.  We have a movie date scheduled for tomorrow night.LanitaWednesday, I ended up kidnapping Lanita and going to the shuk to buy food.  However, there wasn’t much I actually needed.  o.O  We ended up eating spaghetti at this reaaally cheap Italian place we found.  I’ll definitely be returning there before this trip is over.

We also had our last roommate officially move in.  Her name is Adelina and she’s 26 from Moldova (but she lives in Ashdod).  We like her.  She cleans.  🙂  YAY.  Wednesday night we watched Remember the Titans (which she had never seen).  Yay for roommate bonding!

And you rip out all I have
Just to say that you’ve won

You’ve Won

On Thursday, I had AWESOME PLANS to go to Hezekiah’s Tunnel and hike the underground water tunnel with Steff.  However, I received a call at 10:08am that Steff wasn’t feeling quite up to par.  So, I set out to find someone else to go with.  The answer was found with Charlie!  Charlie was on Facebook in class, so I jumped at the opportunity to see if he wanted to go.  With an affirmative answer, I immediately started researching times to see when the tunnel closed.

Charlie then got back to me that he made a mistake and that his class was actually two whole hours longer than originally anticipated.

So that plan was out.

I ended up heading to the Old City by myself with plans to meet up with Charlie after he got out of class…just to walk around.

I spent 7.5 hours walking around…about 6.5 of which were in the Old City purchasing souvenirs to bring home.

It even looked like rain!SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI found a real awesome can of Dr. Pepper.  It had purple on it!  I was so confused.  Maybe you Americans can explain it to me?  New marketing campaign?  Are all the cans like this nowadays?

I got to experience Jerusalem’s version of a Renaissance festival.  It was hysterical.  The costumes were so cheap and there were like….8 employees of the entire “faire” that were dressed up.  It was ridiculous.  Charlie had a guy dressed in drag hit on him…as part of the “sponsored” path that we were supposed to follow.  I guess it was more of a Renaissance “haunted house” of sorts.  They set us on a path and we ran into people throughout the Old City.

Let’s just face the truth.  It was bad.  Worse than bad.  It was traumatizing.  I miss Scarborough.

I got home and stayed in the rest of the night.  At about 11:00, the lightening storm started.  And by lightening storm, I mean there were three flashes of light and no rain what-so-ever.  I tried getting a picture…but that failed epicly.

Seal my heart and break my pride
I’ve nowhere to stand and now nowhere to hide
Align my heart, my body, my mind
To face what I’ve done and do my time.

Friday was my epic laundry day.  As in…that’s all I did.  All day.  Laundry…and NCIS and Boy Meets World with Lanita.  🙂

In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
Where you invest your love, you invest your life

Saturday (or November 5 depending on who you ask) was the day of my party.  I throw a party on November 5 every year for Guy Fawkes Day and we watch V for Vendetta.  Being in Israel didn’t change this plan in the slightest.  I cleaned the entire apartment (including mopping the floor with toilet paper…) in preparation for my party.  I even made an entire bag of spaghetti and mashed potatoes!  Benny, Daniel, Elisa, Martyna, and Benny’s friend all came over and watched Hugo Weaving be a badass in a mask with me.  It was a potluck party…that no one ate anything at.  I have sooo much leftover food!  Eep!  But hey!  Clean apartment!  …Well, kinda.  =\

When Jessica had people over for dinner, I barricaded myself in my room and watched the end of season 8 of NCIS.  I also started writing my term paper for my Issues in Israeli Society course.  It just kinda accidentally happened.  o.o  I was sitting there panicking about not having a chosen topic yet, and dear Mem (Susie) helped me out.  Thanks, babe.

I have decided to write my paper about the effect of Shabbat on the country and its role in politics and the running of the country as a whole.  I can only hope that I can find five more sources and bullshit for at least nine more pages.  >_>

Cause I need freedom now
And I need to know how
To live my life as it’s meant to be

And I will hold on hope…

Today is Sunday.  I woke up at 11:00 on my own accord (first time I’ve woken up before 12 without setting an alarm).

I wrote a passive aggressive letter in Microsoft Word to someone who is pissing me off…it will never see the light of day, but DAMN did it feel good.  I decided to leave the apartment to go to the Rothberg library in an attempt to find one of the books I have to read for my archaeology class.

I meandered all the way to campus.  With 6.5 hours of nothing to do, meandering was great.  I went to campus, read 40 pages of the reading, loaned the book to do the other 90+ pages, wandered through campus, wandered through the Academon (on campus convenience store), happened into Aroma (Israel’s version of Starbucks), wandered through the British Cemetery outside my dorm, and then finally made my way back home.

Fun Aroma story!  Apparently when you purchase $4.25 hot chocolate here, they don’t mix the chocolate and the milk for you…so until I made it back to my dorm room, I was drinking hot milk thinking “My hot chocolate seems to be missing a KEY INGREDIENT…”  Then again, I ding myself for being slow on the uptake that they did add the chocolate…they just didn’t mix it.  >.<

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Update on the political situation here right now.

Everything is going to be shutdown tomorrow due to the strike.  Stores, restaurants, public transportation, schools…everything.

Except Rothberg.

Guh.

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Holy CRAP I’m excited about the last Eragon book coming out.  Tuesday’s the day that I immerse myself in a book and don’t come out until I’m finished (or have class).

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Lastly, I’m planning a few trips in the last two months here.  Here are some things I’m looking forward to doing:

  • Weekend in Tel Aviv
  • Weekend in Tzfat (Safed)
  • Western Wall Tunnel
  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Ayalon Institute/Bullet Factory outside Rehovot
  • Weekend in Kineret?  Or maybe just a day at Kineret while I’m in Tzfat…
At some point, I get to see Daria again.  Can’t wait!  I’m thinking it might be in Tel Aviv this weekend.  🙂
I also have quite a few more souvenirs to buy.  Can’t wait to be done with that…
That’s all I got for now.  Geeze!  Isn’t it enough?

Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Now studying to get my Master's in Film in London, England. Nice to meet you!

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