Same Old Song and Dance, My Friend…

Israel has a biblical zoo.

As the semester slowly comes to a close, I realize that I achieved everything I wished to achieve in coming to Israel.

However, first let me catch you up on the last two weeks or so.

I did end up going to the zoo.  No cold water was necessary to wake me up (thank goodness).  Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day.  To see the rest, check out the album on Facebook, complete with explanations of the strange animals and my thoughts throughout the day.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThen, I came home and watched the rest of Series 6 of Doctor Who.  Still stand by what I said about seasons 5 and 6.  I don’t like River.  I don’t like Moffat.  And sorry Matt, but you still aren’t David.  =\  That said, season 6 was MUCH better than 5.

I re-read all of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire in two days.

When I finished Doctor Who, I started Burn Notice on Ben’s request.  As of today, I’m midway through season 4.  The only reason it’s taking so long is because I got a little sidetracked when I decided to finally watch Torchwood.  (Omnomnom…o.o)

On Sunday, Rob and I attempted to make a trip to Tzfat.  It failed.  We got on a bus with the worlds slowest bus driver, got stuck in traffic, went to the wrong part of the Central Bus Station, and managed to miss the bus by about 5 minutes.  Hugely upsetting.  However, as Rob returned home completely downtrodden, I ended up wandering around Ben Yehuda street and the Old City a bit.  I managed to find this store.  I still don’t know if I would buy anything from it though…xD

On Monday (5th), UTA decided to screw with my head again by rejecting my Meningitis form.  No worries.  Got it all handled now.  Goodness, it was frustrating though.  It’s increasingly difficult to deal with official business from 7,000 miles away.  It’s one of the things I am most looking forward to upon my return.  No longer will I have to solely rely on those who are in the states to help me with school, work, doctors offices, etc.

BTW, this episode of Castle (S04E10) was the funniest episode of Castle I’ve watched in a while.  Though I did scream when they knocked down the wall and saw a tiger on the other side.  o.o

On Tuesday I had my Archaeology of Jerusalem quiz.  Still haven’t gotten it back…but I think I did REALLY well.  Can’t wait till tomorrow.  I just MIGHT get it back!

Also! My scary genius of a cousin, Miss Megan S, got into her first choice school with a large scholarship!  Hope Tulane works out babe!  And if it doesn’t, your fall-back is Wash U.  I mean, come on.  o.o

On December 7, I got bored and did some conditioning.  On December 8 and 9 (and kinda the 10th too) I couldn’t move at all…

On the 8th, I had some computer problems that I ended up fixing myself.  I feel SO GOOD ABOUT IT! =D  However, I’d like to point out the relevancy of this comic:

On the 9th, I had my first A Christmas Story encounter.  I definitely feel like it’s one of those movies that you have to grow up watching or it just isn’t as funny.  I mean, I appreciated some of the humor…but I don’t understand why television networks choose to play it for 24 hours straight on Christmas Day.  There are so many other feasible choices for this…  (On a side note…watched Serendipity.  Happy day!)

On the 11th, I had the worlds longest conversation with Rosita Tran III on Skype.  We talked for about 3.5 hours about life, the universe, and everything.  She convinced me to start reading a new book called Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore. HAH!  It’s hysterical.  I’m on chapter 4.  Can’t wait till I can sit down and just finish it.  I haven’t laughed quite that hard in a while…

Unfortunately, around this time, I started getting sickly.  I figure it was my bodies way of saying “HAHAHA! You got a three month reprieve of the norm! Now I shall make up for it!”  The head congestion is gone now…but it’s kiiiinda moved a wee bit into my chest.  I’m choosing to ignore it in the hopes that if I just don’t think about it, it’ll go away?

Maybe?

Doesn’t work that way?

Oh well…

On Friday (16) I got a surprise delivery from Mom and Scott of cakes, souffles, cookies, and candy!  Early Hanukkah present!  🙂  Thanks guys.  That’ll be dinner for the next few weeks! 😉

Additionally, Ellen and Elisa came over to have a girls night.  We watched Love Actually (finally) and The Prince of Egypt.  I mean, we kinda mixed holidays there…Christmas and Passover.  But oh well, who cares?

Sunday: FINALLY GOT TO TZFAT!  Mind you, it was 8 hours of travel for 3 hours of walking around in the city aimlessly and reminiscing…but I like to think it was worth it.  🙂  I made a friend on the bus and she ended up hanging out with me in Tzfat and waiting for the bus with me before she headed to her hostel.  I didn’t get any pictures of Tzfat…I was a bit distracted (and there honestly isn’t much to take pictures of…) but I did manage to snap a picture on the way there from the bus.  Here’s a picture of Israel’s controversial security fence:And that brings me up to today.  I woke up to an email from the professor of my only class today saying that it was canceled.  I’m actually upset about this because we were supposed to get our midterm papers back today and I’m eagerly anticipating my failing grade on it.  Just give me the paper back already!!!  My goodness!

In the upcoming weeks, I shall watch more Burn Notice, Torchwood, Person of Interest, and White Collar.  Tomorrow I have a field trip to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Hanukkah starts at sundown.  (If I remember to, I’ll totally take a picture of the apartments makeshift menorah.  It’s awesome…)

On Wednesday, I’m hoping to meet up with Miss Samantha S. in the Old City to finally get a hold of my debit card.

Thursday starts my first two ushering attempts for Les Miserables.

Saturday, I’m walking to the Old City to watch my friend get Bar Mitzvah’d at the Western Wall.

Tuesday I’m going on my last field trip to David’s Citadel and the Mount of Olives, watching Les Miserables, and ushering another show.

Thursday I’m working two more shows (AND IT’S STACY’S BIRTHDAY!)

Monday I have my Issues in Israeli Society exam and I’m doing last minute souvenir shopping.

Tuesday is my Archaeology of Jerusalem final.

Wednesday is packing day.

I hop on a bus to Tel Aviv on Thursday night.

SEE YOU ON JANUARY 6!

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!

1 thought on “Same Old Song and Dance, My Friend…”

  1. What an exciting update! Woot to the world’s longest SKYPE date, what what! Also, a Bar Mitzvah on the Western Wall sounds epic. I can’t wait til you come back stateside! Enjoy the rest of your time there m’love, you deserve it!

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