Wow…I can’t believe its been over a week since I last posted. So much has happened and i’ve been super busy, so I’ll try to catch you all up as quickly as possible.
Last weekend ( January 8-9) I went to the north for a weekend full of wine tasting/atv riding/ shabbas l’chaims and much more. We began the weekend(Friday) bright and early so we could make it all the way to the Golan heights before shabbat started. We made it to the Adir Winery at 10:00 am. It was 5:00 somewhere in the world. We had such a great time, acting like somalliers, describing the different wines using the words”woody”,”complex”, “oaky”, etc. The winery was also a dairy, which made all their cheeses from goat’s milk. I was in heaven, drinking wine and eating cheese all before 12:00, game on!
After the winery, we drove for about 30 minutes to the ATV place. We ate a nice picnic lunch and then took on the ATVs. Before we took off for our ATV ride, we quickly reunited with the students from Tel Aviv University who were also going on the shabbaton. One of my friend’s from camp, Taylor, is studying abroad at Tel Aviv this semester, and it was so great to see her! I drove/rode a 3 person ATV that reminded me of a jacked up golf cart with Zussman and Andrew/Maor. We had such a great time tiyuling/driving around the north. The scenery was beautiful. Classic israeli mix up:We drove to the top of a mountain, and the guide told us to all get off our ATVs and have a point of view. It was actually a very pretty lookout point, we were able to see Syria and Lebanon in the far distance.
We then made our way up to the hostel that we were staying at. After a mix up with the rooms, we were settled. Eri, Zussman, Rachel and I had a little room to ourselves. Unfortunately, there was no heat. This was going to be a challenge for everyone, especially Eri. She has not had the fortune of having to live in the frozen tundra aka Michigan, and adjust to the cold weather. We got our shabbos gear on and ventured to the pre-shabbos l’chaim session ( shabbat pregame, use your imagination). The alcohol was flowing like a Sammy-Chi O Football Pregame. It was quite a scene. We then went to shabbat services and had a wonderful dinner.
The next day we woke up late, 11:00, just in time for lunch! After lunch we broke out into discussion groups split by university and by sex. We got the chance of speaking to a woman named Malka Channah, a 24 year old woman who is a B’al Teshuva (someone who has become more religious later in life). It was great hearing about her religious journey. She also had a really cute baby named Kodesh Simcha ( holy happiness… no comment). After our discussion, we took a tour of the Moshav the hostel was located on called Keshet. It is idyllic, the rolling hills went on forever and there were little creeks running through the mountains. On our short tiyul we went to an old bunker that had been used ages ago to fight for the country. We then went to have an early dinner, had havdallah and made our way home. It was a really fun, but was one of those vacations that you needed a vacation from.
The school week was just a normal week full of bochans, grammar and more vocabulary. What a joy! I actually really like Ulpan and am going to be sad when it ends on Wednesday. Other than learning more hebrew, we conqured the shuk. We finally found vendors that give you great deals. 2 shekels for a HUGE stalk of celery, what a bargain!
We also made our way to Sushi Rehavia, again. It is to die for! We also successfully booked a hotel for our mini-vacay to tel aviv for this weekend. I am so excited to go! It is going to be Purim, aka Israeli Halloween. As if we didn’t get enough of Halloween this year ( 8 days).
Tomorrow in Ulpan, we are having a mesibah(party) for all of the classes for the end of the term. Each class has to perform something and my class has decided to sing the song We are Young by Fun., translated into hebrew. It is going to be quite a show.
everything in the holyland is as sweet as honey,
PS: Shout out to J.BURT. It is your 21st birthday on the 19th. Rep the PC hard tomorrow.