Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sitting on a sphinx outside the Egyptian Museum!
After arriving last night, my only concern was showering. But today was great! Matt and I went to soooo many mosques and the people were really nice. We got hassled in the bazaar and found our we out...ate with some locals, a little boy actually rode his bike to get up food. He was very pleased about it. We went to the museum and wondered into the Modern Egyptian Art Museum, which I loved much more than Matt...took a night cruise on the Nile and had a great day! I'm exhausted!!!!!!!!!!
We also went to a town called Madaba that has a nice church with mosaics.
We headed to Amman and went to an awesome amphitheater, you won't believe the pictures when you see them! Then we went to a mosque where I got yelled on for not having pants on and no women were allowed anyway. But we had a wonderful and cheap dinner and headed for to the airport!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Jerusalem and the Old City are incredibly beautiful, I don't think it can rival the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, but it's still very inspiring to see. After walking around Jerusalem in the morning, we met Monica, our lovely host who is a rabbinical student at HUC. She had made us a great pre-fast meal and I was completely stuffed, although right now, I feel like I haven't eaten for days.
We went to Kol Nidre services at HUC in the room with an amazing view of the Old City (pictures to come) and listened to cantorial students, rabbinical students, and the first female rabbi ordained in Israel.
This morning we went to a small reform synagogue close to Monica's house. We walked of course and so did everyone else in Israel. People were on bikes, but NO one was in a vehicle. We could walk down the middle of the street with no worries, and we did!
Now, we're biting some time before a Torah study and then more services, and then we'll have break the fast!!!! Just four and a half more hours to go!! =)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Where the fountain should be to clean before praying, but it's not there.
The mosque was beautiful, and I'm sure more beautiful when it was built and in use. They are turning the mosque into a museum, but I think it's a serious problem. There are not any other mosques in Beer Sheva, and I think this should have been restored instead. There are a lot of Muslims here and it would be nice to have, especially for Cuma. (Friday prayer.) The man who was guarding it and let us him was Muslim too, and I think he would have liked it if it was still a mosque...but in a Jewish controlled country, I don't think there are equal voices in decision making...
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Matt's AWESOME 24 candle birthday cake!!
Just blew out the candles, barely before the wind!
Matt and his new friend, the Dutch boy.
This is Ian's friend and Ian...this post has been a long time in the writing, because Ian should have made the blog at least a month ago...so alas..this is IAN and he is cool and he is in my Hebrew class and he pretends his Hebrew isn't as good as it really is. ;-)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
In the next picture, you can see the inconsistency with the oven...one is really light and one is dark...almost burnt. Plus, the oven doesn't stay at an even temperature, it gets hotter and hotter the longer the oven is on.
So, I don't really know how well I did on the final. My teacher said "lo tov" which means not good, but she didn't kick me out of class and I am still taking Hebrew...so I don't think it was that bad. Or really, it was good enough. So one success! =)
Also, I opened a bank account today, which I need to be able to pay my rent. In Israel, you write 12 checks and then at the first of the month, the landlord deposits the check. Instead of paying every month like in the US. So, now I have a bank account, and hopefully next week I will have a check book, two successes. =)
Finally, I started working out everyday at the gym. I have gone three times so far. It's great because I wear my workout clothes to class and go right to the gym after, I don't even think about making time to do it. We don't have class on Wednesdays, so tomorrow I am getting up at the same time as class and going straight away. Even though I burn a lot of calories everyday because I am walking and riding my bike and sweeeeating in the heat, it is really nice to go and get my heartrate pumping and do a few weights, because muscle mass burns more fat. I love it and I feel great! So, three successes......awesome!
Monday, September 14, 2009
So, we stopped in Haifa to eat some spectacular hummus and we quickly heard the English in the small restaurant. First of all, you don't hear much English all the time. Secondly, you don't usually see big tall black men either. I quickly realized he was a basketball player who was recently arrived in Israel to play for the Haifa team. Jason, also played in Italy for a couple of years. Seeing this stop as quite coincidental I had to document our meeting...besides, he could be famous one day and this picture could be worth a lot of money! =)