I know it was spring yesterday because:
1. The grass on the practice field next to Bartels was freshly mown when I walked across it and it smelled amazing. First of the season!
2. Ag Ke$ha was wearing Sperries. Sperrys? She was spurious.
Hi there! I’m in Ben Gurion writing what I expect will be my last post for a while. Soon I will get real internets on my phone!
So to summarize what has happened since my last post, I have had a lovely time! I just met the group after a great shabbat with the Leibs, during which I did a lot of trampolining and general awesomeness. Before that I saw Gabe and Ariella in Tel Aviv, which made me so happy even though the weather was terrible, and before that I think I posted about! Soon, hopefully, I will be in Newark and my father will pick me up at a somewhat-less-than-godly hour, and I can be helpful in cleaning for Pesach!
Hi there! I’m in Nazareth, where the whole group is out having dinner and poking around the chilly city and I am here, having had my quiet kosher food and taken a warm shower. I took a dramamine when the bus was doing some funny turns on the way here and I’m exhausted right now.
Today was busy! We drove to Sde Eliyahu where we had a tour that made me angry and then saw an awesome sheep and goat farm that made me so happy! I saw so many cool sheep. The bus got a flat tire while we were in the sheep farm so we spent a long time taking in the view. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything in my life more beautiful than that today, overlooking Tveria and Yavneh with flowers and sun and fields.
We drove to Nazareth after the sheep and we are staying here overnight in a beautiful guest house/bed and breakfast. So that is the summary.
I had a thought, and maybe this isn’t the best forum to talk about it, but I realized again today while being talked down to by our awful tour guide at Sde Eliyahu (playing ‘fill in the blanks’ instead of telling us facts, explaining that organic agriculture is the only way Jews can say thanks to God for the holy land of Israel, telling Katie who is from a nut farm in NM that she is wrong about how her family irrigates, confusing the group by telling them that Jordan is the REAL occupied territory because God gave it to Reuven, Gad and half of Menashe, I could go on and on), that all those awful teachers and adults who talked down to me all throughout my younger life were totally wrong and I wasn’t making it up. At first I thought I was angry because he was saying things that were not even wrong to agriculture students who all know things already, but then I realized it wasn’t the audience issue, it was really just that it is never ok to talk down to people and make them know you think they’re dumb compared to you.
I’m going to take a bit of a nap now. Have a good one, whole wide world!
Here was what I wanted to say before.
1. Today is a good day! We woke up early and waited around for the bus and went down south and now we are seeing some ag.
2. I’m getting increasingly frustrated with the tour guide, an older woman from the Faculta foreign students office named Batya, and her constant hating on religious Judaism.
3. Last night I had a lovely dinner at Josh Klein’s, and we talked for a long time about my future and the CJL and graduation and travel, as well as Monty Python and where pine nuts come from. It gave me a lot of feelings because I feel like he has so many expectations of things I will do, and given that I don’t even know what I want for myself, I am so full of doubts. Still, it is always so good to talk to Josh about all the things because he has great stories and this intensely inspiring attitude where the whole world is full of opportunities and interesting things to experience and learn. I hope to go back there before I leave. And I remembered to bring him the cookies, Ima!
3. We just ate some yummy fruits in their greenhouses yay!
I wrote a really clever tweet and Twitter didn’t want it. I said, ‘Somewhat poorly planned perhaps: going from the robotic dairy farm to the wine tasting. “I’m getting some earthy aromas…”’ and I thought it was brilliant. Because we smelled terrible. Ok!
I’m not the absolute best at grammar, but am I correct in thinking these vandals just followed the instructions on the sign? If you can’t read it, it says ‘hatzbi’u’. (I don’t have Hebrew phone typing.)
I wrote a blog post draft yesterday and it didn’t send. Then I wrote another draft. That one burned down, fell over, and then didn’t send, so I hope this post will work! But all is well. Yesterday we were in the Arava in giant net houses that felt so familiar to me, and today we get to sit in lectures all day. Woohoo! The lectures last time were so boring. When I visited Josh on Sunday he went over the list of who was presenting and said whether they would be any good so I have some pretty low expectations from most of today, but maybe I’ll be surprised!
I wanted to make sure I heard Birkat Kohanim while I’m in Israel so I went to shul this morning, which was lovely. But it was the late morning (we don’t need to be downstairs until 7:45) and I woke up at 5:30 to get to 6:15 minyan so I’m gonna be exhausted later. Totally worth it though. It is so good to be out and about when the air is cold and clean in the morning! I went to check on my summer stomping grounds, including all the construction projects I used to pass that are now further along, and the Hungarian bakery which was CLOSED at 7 when I walked back past there after shul. What kind of bakery is closed at 7? There wasn’t even anyone in there. I really wanted one of those flaky things they pipe cream filling into when you order. #idealbreakfast I saw Henry who was my landlord over the summer at shul and we talked for a few minutes, which was nice.
I think the reason my other posts didn’t work is because I used the tagging part of my app, so I will try uploading without doing that. The gist was that everything was good and Josh made me think about career stuff.
It is a good morning for me already and I hope it is good for you!