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Culture Shock being in America

Time January 8th, 2014 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

I was very excited to go home and be amongst things that i thought was familiar to me, but i found that i had gotten more use to my new home of Israel than i originally thought. I arrived home and i must of asked the first 3 people people i talked to if they spoke english. I quickly had to apologize and tell them that i had been abroad for a while, in which they would smile and laugh.  For meals i could barely finish them, because i have gotten aquainted with eating smaller portions. it seems as if everything has changed since i have been gone and i am looking forward to catching up with everybody.  I am also very excited to one day go back to Israel and am confident that the friends i made there would welcome me back with open arms.  overall it was an amazing time over there and am looking for any excuse to return.

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New Years’ Eve in Jerusalem

Time January 3rd, 2014 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Today, i spent the entire day in and around Jerusalem.  Me and my friends were quite excited for the New year, but most israelis don’t care as much, since Jan 1st isn’t the start of the Jewish calendar.  We got a really nice meal of Lamb though and i visited all my shop owner friends in the city. It has been a truly amazing couple of months in Israel and today was a great way to end off an amazing year!

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Christmas in Bethlehem

Time January 3rd, 2014 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Got to spend Christmas in the City where it all began.  I spent the entire evening in Bethlehem and went to a service at the Church of the Nativity, which contains the location where it is thought that Jesus was born.  At the service, there was a lot of great people including the leader of Palestine and the leader of Jordan.  I am looking forward to going back to Bethlehem and seeing the city without all the tourists.  It is funny, this is the first Christmas i have experienced without all the gifts and glamour, but it has been one of the best!

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Snow!!! in Jerusalem

Time December 16th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | 1 Comment by

The past couple of days it has been snowing here in Jerusalem. To be honest, I was not aware that it even snowed in the middle east, and I am pleasantly surprised. The entire city is pretty much shut down. The light rail is not running, University is closed, and only a handful of stores are open. The people here are all enjoying the snow and it is not uncommon for a total stranger to start a snowball fight with you. You have to be careful though when you return fire, because usually they have backup.  Still it is a lot of fun!  We have also gone sledding at one of the near bus stops that is on a large sloping hill.

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Trip to Nazareth

Time December 16th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

I took my first solo trip ever and greatly enjoyed it. I went to Nazareth, which had a lot of similarities to Jerusalem, but also was different in many ways. it was nice seeing Christmas decarations for a change. Also, I got to hear a lot more Arabic in the streets. The people there were super friendly, especially in the markets. I met a lot of young people there working so they could go to University in Haifa and other places. I took advantage of my trip up to Nazareth by visiting all the major Churches: including the Church of the Annunciation and Church of the Synagouge.  I also met up with a contact from back home and helped with the church he has started in Nazareth.

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Netiv Ha’Ashara

Time November 25th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

This Weekend me and a friend stayed with a family in Netiv Ha’Ashara. While there we learned how life was like near the Gaza border. The security there is very tight and ironically people feel safer there than other places in Israel. The beaches there were very nice and less crowded than Tel Aviv.  We picked oranges, pomegranetes, cucumbers, and tomatoes. The family also had a wine expert from Germany stay with them as well. The family was very nice and taught us alot about the situation between Gaza and the rest of Israel.

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King David’s Tower Museum

Time November 12th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

This morning before class. i decided to go to the King David’s Tower Museum in the Christian quarter. There i learned about Israel History from the Cannanite period up to the state of Israel in 1948. The View from the tower was amazing and you could easily see great sights like: The Holy Sepulchre, Dome of the Rock, Mount of Olives, and Church of the Assenscion.  The Museum took about 3.5 hours to complete and was very cheap for the amount of stuff you could see.  After the Museum, I ran into one of my friends who runs a shop in the Old City. We talked about how business was going and gave me some Mint Tea. All in All  great way to start the day!

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Practicing my Hebrew skills

Time November 5th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Yesterday I went to the Old City last night to buy some presents for my family. While I was in the City, I had many tourists ask me for directions. I didn’t know where the places were that they wanted, but i was able to ask the local Israelis in Hebrew and then tell them in English.  It was very rewarding to be able to use Hebrew in everyday life.

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Starting Classes

Time October 14th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Today was my first day of classes at Hebrew University in Israel.  I am very excited to be back in a classroom environment and am ready for a great semester.  The people here are very nice and very helpful in showing me where my classes were. I also felt that my teachers were right away dedicated to me learning and understanding the material.

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Golan Trail

Time September 25th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

This Week, Me and my friends decided to spend 3 days and nights hiking the Golan Trail in Northern Israel. The scenery was amazing and we even went through miles of Apple trees and  vines of wild grapes growing.  We stopped in many small villages and met a lot of Druze and met some nice finnish missionaries in another town.  The trail was tough but rewarding, we even got to see an Israeli memorial service. Camping was fun, but to show what great hospitality Israel has, on the third night we were invited back to someone’s home and they supplied us with beds and practically a gormet meal.

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Visiting the Arab Neighborhoods

Time September 9th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

 

Yesterday, most of the Jewish transportation was closed due to  the Jewish holiday. However, the Arab busses were running. So i managed to get a cheap bus for only 5 sheckles and ride it to a near bye arab neighborhood. At first, if was a little scary, because people would yell out things to you and pull you a side. However, after a while, i realized that they were just trying to be nice. There were a lot of kids in the streets riding bikes.   I didn’t get much time to stay there, so hopefully next time i can stay for longer and perhaps get some food there.

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Better learn to Barter

Time September 6th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Today me and my friends went to the old City in Jerusalem, We went to the Market and quickly learned that we could not afford the first price that was offered to us. Negotiating with the locals is very fun and it is something they exspect you to do. I did not even buy anything, but still had a great experience.

Later, we went to the Church of all Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. It was a surreal experience for me, especially being religious and knowing what happened there.

I have been here a little over a week, and not a day has gone by without somebody going out of their way to help me.  I even got a free Taxi ride today, which i thought was unheard of, which shows the kindness of the Isreali people.

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Anticipating Adventures Abroad

Time July 9th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

This is my first time using a blog ever!  I am super excited about traveling to Israel. I just got my first taste for studying abroad last month when i studied in Germany for 6 weeks. I found it amazing how different two places can be.  I know that Israel will also be quite different from America and Germany. I am so excited to discover, what Israel has to offer.  I know that I will love certain things about Israel and not like other things, but that is half the fun about discovering a new culture, country, and meeting new people.

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