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“So how was Israel?”

July 12, 2012

The most frequently asked question!

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A Letter to Myself, In the Spirit of Packing Lists

June 15, 2012

Dear August 2011 Carlo,

With approximately two weeks left in Israel, I am preparing to leave in the way I know best:  making lists. As I decide what to pack and what to do away with, I find myself revisiting a familiar place in my mind and it’s where you are now, packing and freaking out about leaving for Israel. Now almost ten months wiser about living in this place, I’ve decided to compile a few packing lists for you, my August 2011 self:

  • things you’ll be glad you brought
  • things you had no idea you needed
  • things you need to buy right away
  • things you totally don’t need

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Acrobatics and Adama

June 8, 2012

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On Thursday, May 24, Dance Jerusalem rode to Mizpe Ramon
to the middle of Israel’s Negev Desert to visit Hangar Adama.

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From my journal:

We had found ourselves in the desert, with the freedom to take whichever classes we wanted … Acrobalance abounded, and though muscular in nature, a heavy emphasis was put on trust … We slept collectively in one of the studios, but many other convention goers slept in tents under the stars … Everyone was friendly and willing to share knowledge, or a nice back massage … Balance, balance, acrobalance, balance … Muscles, joints, quiet…

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Tel Aviv Half Marathon: Check!

April 13, 2012

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On March 30, 2012, I ran the Gillette Tel Aviv Half Marathon!
Yes, it’s been two weeks since then, but I’ve been busy relaxing and recuperating.

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TLV: The Perfect Stay-cation

March 10, 2012

I write this from a PC in an apartment in Old Jaffa. The computer and apartment belong to a friend, Smadar, who is a fellow student at the Academy. I came out here with my good friend, Elly, to celebrate Purim, which is like Jewish Halloween.

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Purim Dance Party

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I must say that this three days spent in Tel Aviv was amazing. There’s something about staying in someone’s home that obviously trumps staying at a hostel to spend a few nights out of Jerusalem. Aside from saving money, it was great to be able to cook our own meals, shower privately, and not have to worry about the other guests staying in your domitory-style hostel room. Elly and I rented bicycles, explored parts of Old Jaffa, spent some hours on the beaches in Tel Aviv, and went out to eat a few times.

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Photo courtesy of Elly Hollenhorst

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It was pleasant to get away from Jerusalem for the weekend and feel at home in a different city, just a short bus ride away. I hope to be able to do it again soon. Thank you so much, Smadar!

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Carlo

P.S. The only regret is that I didn’t bother to bring my running shoes with me. The weather was PERFECT for it!

P.P.S. Can we just acknowledge that just a week ago, I was blogging about snow?

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Sh*t Anglos in Israel Say

March 3, 2012

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The recently popular video Internet meme based off Shit Girls Say has found its way to Israel with this one. It’s one of the better ones I’ve seen and paints a close picture of English speakers and their cultural incongruencies living in Israel. Enjoy.

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Snow in Jerusalem

March 2, 2012

I woke up this morning to flurries outside my window.

I have been told that if you’re out in Jerusalem and it snows, you should get home immediately. The public transportation shuts down and some main roads close because the city doesn’t have enough support to maintain the roads. It’s a shame that I didn’t do my grocery shopping earlier this week! It’s a double shame that such a snow day has to be wasted at the end of the week.

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It snows here very rarely. Outside my window, I saw people scraping from the dustings of snow to make snowballs. If only they knew a good New Jersey blizzard. I regret not being closer to the Old City to take some photos. All the awesome sights must be neat dusted with snow, especially the Western Wall.

Check out this blog for a compilation of great photos of Jerusalem with a substantial amount of snow.

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UPDATE, 8:30am:  I think I spoke too soon. It started coming down like crazy…\

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UPDATE, 9:00am:  We leave the warmth of our dorm to do some grocery shopping.

Photo credit: Michaela Burns

Kyle bought snow-dusted roses from our favorite guy.

Kfar HaStudentim from the North Gate.

Broken umbrella, happy people.

Carlo, Kyle, and Elly, bundled up!

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UPDATE, 10:00am:  The sun comes out, and it’s a nice day. Just like that…

10:00am - The sun comes out to ruin our fun.

10:00am - It was truly short lived.

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