Posts Tagged ‘weather’

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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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Is it cold, Carlo?

November 24, 2011

I was sure I overpacked bringing five pairs of pants to Israel. I thought I was silly for packing my long sleeve athletic shirts. I even laughed at myself for bringing as many long sleeves and sweaters as I did. Boy, did I have the weather figured all wrong! Only three months after my arrival in Israel, the weather has gotten COLD. Yes, folks. It’s cold in Jerusalem.

Yes, the weather in Israel is Mediterranean, but mainly near the Mediterranean Sea. That includes places like Haifa, Tel Aviv, and the Gaza Strip (which we’re not supposed to visit anyway). The weather is different half an hour eastward, in Jerusalem. The Student Village is on Mount Scopus, in the desert. Naturally, it gets cold at night. We’re also entering the rainy season, much like the Northern California Bay Area does this time of year. I haven’t worn shorts outside for a couple weeks now, and I regret not having thick sweaters, a proper coat, a cozy winter scarf, and my more substantial boots!

Hebrew trivia:  “Is it cold?” translates to “קר לו?” or “Car lo?”

It even got so cold last week that I got sick. My body even ran a fever on Shabbat. Might I add… I completely forgot to pack any sorts of medications. I didn’t anticipate getting sick, so I didn’t have any of those things on hand. But with the care of my friends (and their sick-day supplies), I got better and only had to miss one class.

A word to the wise study abroad-ers:  organize your sick day items. This of course includes whatever medications and remedies you care to bring or purchase upon arriving here, but you should also include the items that make you feel comfortable when you’re feeling weak. For me, that could’ve been a teddy bear or a favorite snack food.

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Ballet at PDT Studio

July 5, 2011

Please allow me to comment on the weather. It started off quite nicely this morning. I drove down to Princeton with the windows down, and cool air pouring into the car. Now, in the afternoon, I’ve got two fans on in my room on the highest settings. Cool glasses of water are helping out the situation too.

I would now like to announce that I am currently in the second week of the Princeton Dance and Theater Studio Summer Intensive 2011. Altogether, I only attend the two-hour ballet technique classes in the mornings, and when they get started, I’ll be doing more work than I could dream of in the partnering classes (as the ballerina-danseur ratio is uneven, to say the least).

I must say that the PDT Studio is quite the lovely operation, with three studios and a knowledgeable staff of ballet instructors. Also, though I didn’t think it possible, I quite enjoy being surrounded by much younger ballet dancers. It’s a beautiful thing to see the students training so young. For me, this full immersion into ballet world is doing a real number on my learning curve. I absorb everything, from class etiquette, to the pace of the class, to watching others, taking all corrections… It’s a different monster from the more modern roots I have at Mason Gross.

In particular, I’ve already developed a heightened understanding of adduction of the legs, engagement of my core, my arms’ relationship to my back, and (most excitedly) the articulation of my feet. It feels as if the longer I’m here, the less gray area exists around ballet in my mind. I’ve discovered a certain craving for this clarity. I even wrote down all of the center floor combinations that Nora taught us today. I find that knowing the terminology and really trying to remember the movement helps me solidify the skills for the future.

Since I’ve been living in ballet land for a week now, and have four and a half more to go, I’ve looked up some videos online to try to get more exposure. Here is a video of the Bluebird Grand Pas de Deux (Sleeping Beauty), as performed by Leanne Benjamin & Errol Pickford of The Royal Ballet. Holy brisé volé!