First Post in Israel

Okay so I haven’t written since I got here and I don’t really feel like writing now. I’ve been here for almost a week now and so much has happened that I feel like once I start writing it’ll take me hours before I finish. Plus I haven’t really felt like getting everything down on paper so to speak. Things are different here. I don’t feel the need to write down everything that’s happened even though some interesting stuff has. I guess i’ll just start from the beginning and see if I continue writing. So my room is pretty nice. I have two roommates and we have a little kitchen with a mini fridge and everyone has their own bathroom with a shower. Plus there’s heat and ac and wifi. Pretty good. My roommates are also chill. Overall i’m happy with it all. I got here wednesday and Thursday night everyone went to the pub because there was a special dj, who sucked, but it was awesome. We all drank and danced and there are so many hot guys here! It’s insane. At first I was hanging out with the girls who live across from us because my roommates didn’t go out the first few nights. And they’re good friends with three roommates from Australia. They’re all pretty cute except they all want to get it in with Ester, one of the girls. But for the first few days we all hung out and it was chill. Friday night was insane. I got even drunker than Thursday and they’re was way more people at the pub and a few house parties before the pub got crowded. The only problem was I danced with the same guy the whole night, Marty from Australia. Whose really nice and a cool person, but now we’re hooking up and I told him I don’t want to be exclusive, but he’s really touchy feely in public and everyone knows we’re hooking up which is fine cause nothings a secret on a kibbutz, but I don’t want people to think we’re together cause I really want to hook up with other people…hotter people…Marty’s way too short and he’s got that personality where in public he’s really loud and always has to be right and is somewhat of a know it all and as much as I like him, I can’t stand people with that personality. I want to be friends in public and we can be cuddly in private. Like when we’re around people there’s no need to be so cuddly. We’re not dating. I’d honestly rather be like best friends who sometimes hook up when we can’t get anyone else. That would be perfect, but I can’t really day that to him. This friday should be good so i’ll try to hook up with someone else to show him i’m serious about not being monogomous. I just don’t want to lose him as a friend. So this week we started class and work. I’m in Kita Aleph which means I know absolutely no Hebrew and I work in the Plasson which is the plastic factory. I didn’t sign up to work there, but of course I got it. It’s excruciatingly boring, but I get to sit down and listen to music while I work. Hopefully I can last there the whole 5 months :/ The food’s not all that great and I feel like i’m getting zero protein so I’m going to go the market on the Kibbutz and get foods with protein. It feels like i’ve been here for months which is very strange. Like I feel like the things that happened like 3 days ago happened weeks ago. Oh and of course the first week I get a pimple or cold sore type thing on my lip. Like what the fuck. This has never happened to me at home and it’s not like I can run down to rite aid and get some abreeva. I’m so pissed cause it’s hideous. I’ve been trying everything I can think of to get rid of it and pray to god that it goes away with the next day or two! I think that’s about it. Oh so I completely under packed. People brought like 2-3 suitcases and I’m already running out of shirts to wear. The next chance I get i’m just gonna go into a store and buy a ton of shirts/sweaters that look cute. I don’t even need to try them on. I just really need clothes. I’m also going to get a sim card for my phone so I can call and text people in Israel. I was going to go today, but the canyon (mall) closes really early so we couldn’t. Unfortunately the roommate I want to go with, Emily, works friday morning so I can’t go with her cause everything closed in the afternoon. So maybe i’ll ask Iris and maybe some other people if they want to go to the mall friday morning. I really need a phone!

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Unrelated

So todays post isn’t going to be related to Israel in any way, but i’m not in Israel yet so I figure why not? I checked out a store today called the Clothes Den. I thought it was going to be a thrift store (I still have yet to find a good one), but it was mainly a modern brand name place with much better prices. I found a lot of clothes from PacSun and American Eagle for a lot less money. Which is great, but I’m looking for rare, cool thrift store finds. Oh well. I did find some really great buys though.

The first would be a vest. I don’t know where it’s originally from, but i’m in love with it! It is incredibly soft and fits absolutely perfect. I love the colors and the collar. It’ll go with just about anything. By far my favorite buy in a long time. I don’t own any vests mostly because I never really understood them or thought they looked good on anyone, but this vest has changed me. I now fully believe in the beauty that is vests! (You’d understand if you could put this one on)

The next buy is a pair of jeans. The picture doesn’t really do them justice, but they’re also nothing that special. Pretty much the only reason I bought them is because 1. they were only $10 and 2. I had never found a pair of ripped jeans that fit me right. Because i’m so short the rips around the knees are usually too low, but these fit great and the rips stretch so you can see some skin :).

I’m very excited about this buy! I have ALWAYS wanted a trench coat. I’ve always thought they were so classy and cute. (And i’ve always wanted to have the option of showing up at a boyfriends house in nothing but a trench coat haha. I know, weird). But I never went looking for one. I spotted this after I had tried everything on and just quickly threw it on to see how it looked. And surprisingly it looked pretty good. The length was perfect (meaning not too long) and it wasn’t completely fitted so I can still wear a sweater underneath since it’s pretty light and it’s getting cold outside. I also loved the inside which is blue, red, and tan striped. I think it adds a level of cuteness and was probably the deciding factor in buying it.

All in all I love all three purchases! Can’t wait to wear them!

Cease Fire :)

Well the title pretty much speaks for itself. There’s been a cease fire between Israel and Gaza. I’m not very surprised. I knew the bombings back and forth couldn’t last for very long. At least I won’t have to hear how dangerous it is and how I shouldn’t be going anymore at work! Can’t wait to leave!!

Update

Okay so I thought I’d just fill you in on whats been going on the past few days. The turmoil in Israel is really heating up and while I’m not that nervous about it everyone at work seems to be. The militant group Hamas in Gaza sent rockets into Jerusalem and Tel Aviv two days ago maybe and while almost all of them were intercepted by the Israeli army one did land in Jerusalem and one a little south of Tel Aviv. In response the Israeli army has called about 75,000 reservists into duty to prepare for a possible ground offensive on Gaza. This part does scare me. The last thing I want to do is go to Israel when all the troops are fighting in Gaza. For some reason the air strikes don’t scare me as much as they probably should, but I think it’s because I know that they can’t last for the next two months straight. But once ground attacks/ fighting begins whose to say when it might stop.

I also don’t want this to affect any of the possible trips we might take. I just want to get the same experience and oppurtunities out of this trip as I would have had this never happened.

I understand that Israel is a dangerous place and always has been, but if I let this stop me from going when I’ve worked so hard to get so close I think it’ll set me up for failure for the rest of my life. I know, dramatic. But I honestly think it would haunt me for forever if I choose not to go because Israel all of a sudden got a little more dangerous than normal.

News article about the attacks: http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/17/world/meast/gaza-israel-strike/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Flight-Check!

I am officially going to Israel. Yesterday I bought my roundtrip ticket.

Details:

Leaving Boston, MA at 7:45 pm January 29, 2013. Arriving at Ben Gurion airport in Paris at 8:15 am January 30. Leaving again at 10:15 am and arriving in Tel Aviv at 3:40 pm!

On the way home:

Leaving Tel Aviv at 2:05 pm June 23, 2013. Arriving in Paris at 6:05 pm for a 19 hour layover! This means i’ll spend the night sleeping in the airport and have time to take the train into Paris and explore a little. My dad had the idea to schedule a tour bus so I get to see some of the historical sights. They have ones that go during the night which I think would be awesome because it is the city of lights! And then in the morning take the train back into Paris for a little self exploration just walking around. The next day my flight leaves at 1:35 pm so I have plenty of time in the morning to see a little of the city! And then I get back into Boston at 3:20 pm June 24.

I’m almost as excited for my little adventure in Paris as I am about Israel. Paris has always been my dream city. I find it to be absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way and I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes.

I can’t wait for these next two and a half months to go by. It seems so close yet so far away. I’m dying to get out of the house and away from the stress of living with my family. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love my family but living with them these past few months when i’m so desperate for independence has proved to be almost impossible. I know i’ll miss it as soon as I get to Israel and see the tiny little room I have to live in but right now that tiny little room seems to be calling my name louder and louder each day.

While I Wait

So I guess while I wait for something interesting or good to happen I’ll give some information about the Kibbutz.

Aerial view of entire Kibbutz

It is the largest Kibbutz in Israel and there will be about 90 participants in the Ulpan program (So hopefully I meet some cool people). The best part is the have their own pub/night club and beach.

       

These are just some of the pictures you can find online. I’ll be sure to take a lot more of my own and upload them! I’m definitely going to take some of the living places and my room. I haven’t found any online and am dying to know where I’ll be living for 5 months. Can’t wait to leave!…But I still have a lot of shopping and preparing to do haha

Almost There!

I know I still have about three months till I actually leave for Israel, but I’m just so excited to get the show on the road I can’t wait to start my blog. I’m making this blog as my own personal online journal of my experiences. As much as I love hand written journals I don’t think I’ll have much time for one on the Kibbutz. But I still want a documented account of my time there. I have been working since probably December 2011 to get to this Kibbutz and it is finally official! I am going! I don’t have the flight booked, BUT that is the next step. Also getting a student visa…Not sure how long that will take to acquire so I should probably get on it. So, for the official details..

Kibbutz Ulpan Ma’agan Michael. Located on the Mediterranean Sea north of Tel Aviv, south of Haifa, and west of Mount Carmel.

Program starts February 3, 2013 and ends June 30, 2013. However, I unfortunately must leave about a week early because I have to be back by the 28th for orientation at UVM to sign up for my classes (which I’m also very excited about).

I plan on writing and posting as many pictures as possible and not leaving out a single detail! Hope it all works well 🙂