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  • Ein KeremToday our IFSA group went to Ein Kerem with good old Boaz, the tour guide- he also drove us in his Traverse, which felt weird, it being the car Mama G and Papa G drive. We walked around this area Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Feb 5, 2015
  • Ammunition HillSince we now have Ulpan in the morning, it freed up the rest of the day for activities, so I looked at the map for anything to check out, and found the Ammunition Hill battlegrounds and memorial site was a Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Feb 1, 2015
  • West Banksy “We build too many walls and not enough bridges” Isaac Newton Build something high and wide enough and you should never have to worry about whatever it is that frightens you Posted by 19jenny79 in A Long Road | Jan 31, 2015
  • Ulpan Ulpan UlpanIt is nice to be in a routine finally! This week Ulpan is in the afternoons, so I am attempting to run in the mornings, which works fairly well, despite my difficulty adjusting to mountain life. I really enjoy learning Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 26, 2015
  • First Shabbat at Hebrew USince Fridays are the weekend here, I got to sleep in and have a leisurely day. Though it did not begin this way since Sarah and I went on a run...on this mountain of a campus. The inclines really get Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 24, 2015
  • Day 1 UlpanToday we met up to buy our Hebrew Aleph Beginners supplies, grab a sandwich, and find our classroom for the first day of Ulpan- a few weeks of intensive Hebrew class. I was glad to be in class with the Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 22, 2015
  • Move In Day!Finally after staying in 12 different places in the last month (and not leaving anything behind, thankfully), I got to move into my dorm today! We came as a group, and then split up between our housing assignments in 2 Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 22, 2015
  • Getting Ready to Live in Jerusalem!I am so eager to start my semester- move in, take classes, meet people, and explore on my own- but we have a few days of group orientation left. We are staying at a very nice place, Harmony Hotel, which Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 19, 2015
  • Goodbye Tel Aviv, Hello JerusalemOn Saturday morning we did a street art workshop with a guy named Guy, who looked like he did street art basically. He took us around south Tel Aviv, near Jaffa, to stop at a variety of spray painted and Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 17, 2015
  • Further Orienting Ourselves with Tel AvivThursday morning our group took a mini bus together to Ikea (who knew this was popular here?). We were given suggestions on things to purchase for the dorms, which are supposedly apartment style living, and then we walked a total Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 16, 2015
  • More Orientation in Tel Aviv and JaffaThis morning we got to hear a presentation from Lidor Bar David, a friend of Monica's son and a part of heading the "Israel Under Fire" initiatives during Operation Pillar of Defense ('12, one day long) and Operation Protective Edge Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 14, 2015
  • Tel Aviv OrientationTuesday, the second day of IFSA orientation began with a general discussion about Israeli culture and differences with our Israeli student services guide/mom, Monica. Most of the information I had heard, but I got some good facts about the country- Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 13, 2015
  • Meeting the group in Tel AvivThis morning I left Gabi's school on bus 17 and took it to the Merkez Shalom train station to head towards Tel Aviv for my orientation. I caught a train within two minutes of arriving at the station and had Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 12, 2015
  • Exploring HaifaToday I explored Haifa ("the third largest city in Israel!" as all the tourist information pieces say) on my own since Gabi had classes! In the morning I took the Egged line 31 to the top of the Bahai Gardens Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 11, 2015
  • Shabbat in HaifaBy taxi, I got to the train station in Nahariya. I was told ahead of time the cost and directions, so that I would know what was happening during the drive. At the train station they scanned my bags (I Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 9, 2015
  • Last Day Volunteering and in AccoToday I finished my volunteering week and I'm not quite sure who got more out of the experience, because I feel like I benefitted more than the program's participants most of the time. I was given housing, food, and many Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 8, 2015
  • VolunteeringThis morning I waited for the participants carpool to come to take me to the shop and I thought for about 20 minutes that I was going to be stranded in Nahariya, and then Chaim, the driver showed up. I Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 6, 2015
  • Volunteering in AccoToday I began a routine again! I met someone with Kivunim who told me that order is not something you find in Israel, and that is what is nice about the American medical system. Israel may have technology, but not Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 5, 2015
  • AccoToday I woke up and had to move once again to begin volunteering with Mrs. Nirens’s program, Kivunim. Mr. Nirens drove me to the “Shop for Meaning” in the old city of Acco and here I started my adventures volunteering. Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 4, 2015
  • Shabbat in TuvalThis morning I woke up to attend one of Mr. Nirens cooking workshops, so we drove to through Karmiel and some other towns to a Druze woman’s home and where it would be hosted. We cooked with her and it Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 3, 2015
  • Traveling to TuvalThis morning the remaining 12 of us who stayed at the hotel ate breakfast together. We hoarded food once we realized that we were now on our own for our extension and then said our goodbyes. I waited at the Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 2, 2015
  • Last Day of BirthrightWe were lucky to have a later wake up (7:40 breakfast) and use the surprisingly clean and good showers and bathrooms. Right afterwards we rode the camels and Liza took a billion pictures of Moe and I on our camel, Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Jan 1, 2015
  • Eilat and the NegevBrutally planned after our night out, was a long hike up Mt. Bental. It seemed like terrible planning and the steep climb was discouraging, however the view was one of the most amazing we had witnessed. Your could see Eilat, Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Dec 31, 2014
  • Masada and the Dead SeaA few hours of sleep later, we were waking up and driving in the dark to Masada to see the sunrise. We quickly hiked up the mountain, so not to miss the sun or lose a spot to another group, Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Dec 30, 2014
  • Tel Aviv and JaffaWe woke up in Netanya and could see the Mediterranean Sea from our balcony but had to quickly pack up and head to Tel Aviv for the day. Amir claimed we would drive slow to take in the view of Posted by e_gig in Semester in Israel | Dec 29, 2014
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