Oh man, has it been too long. Finals (and a midterm for one class) are upon the JC Students! I may or may not have a paper to write, but I can't neglect my little blog. So much has happened! Except not this week. Just picture me glued to a chair and in between I eat some food and get a few hours of sleep. Okay, it hasn't been that bad, but I've learned from the best that most stories need a little extra "umph" ("lying" isn't in my vocabulary.). In honor on exam week, I've decided that I can only wear sweats and glasses and no makeup. The glasses will make me smarter, and the rest is part of my awesome plan. After this week, when I slap on a little mascara and put in my contacts, people can be amazed at the transformation. A sure-fire way to get tons of compliments! The people who wrote "She's All That" had such a great thing going- it's pretty much a scientific fact that people with glasses are smarter and therefore more nerdy. I mean, have you SEEN how Velma looks when she blindly searches for her glasses in any episode of Scooby Doo? Omg, how embarrassing...
Let's take it back to where it all began...the day after my last entry. Tel Aviv is a magical place filled with rainbows and butterflies and passion fruit smoothies. There's also a beach there, but we didn't spend a ton of time there. There was this whole incident where I stubbed my toe and blood gushed out...pics to follow just for the squeamish! It was pretty gross and I had to limp the rest of the day a little bit (cue violins, am I right?) We explored the flea market aka junk sale. Unless you're into used spoons and broken toys, there wasn't too much to get there. But hey, one man's used toothbrush is another man's treasure!
|Boardwalk and Beach|
|Look mom, I have (two) friends!|
Monday, we went to a Biblical preservation place thingy. I don't really know how to define it, only that we got to experience activities that Biblical-era people would do. Like...sheep herding!! Okay, I didn't think I liked animals very much (aside from cats) before coming here. But, I fell in love with the camel in Petra and I fell in love with the sheep at Neot Kedumim. The key to sheep herding? Words of encouragement! I just tried to put myself in their hooves and thought about what I would like to hear if I was being corralled in a group of people by sheep. I decided to say things like "You go, girl!" and "Ooh, did you get your wool combed recently?" And, the classic, "You're baa-utiful!" I was the best shearleader out there by far.
|There, there ewe little precious baby|
|I spy my tiny head!|
|Torah scribe at Neot Kedimum|
On Tuesday for an hour, I went to the Princess Basma school in East Jerusalem to teach English to 5-yr-old Palestinian children. The first time my teaching partner and I went, it was a little overwhelming. The only time they were quiet was when I sang "Do as I'm doing." That would be okay if the song was 10 minutes long, but it was over in 30 seconds. We were supposed to teach "healthy" and "unhealthy" foods. Somehow, they all believed that french fries were healthy (hey, they're potatoes), but other than that they knew a lot. Also, a word of advice- the game "hot potato" is not played very much over here. So, be willing to scrap your ideas and adapt (even when that was SUCH A GREAT IDEA BECAUSE THEY'RE LEARNING ABOUT FOODS. Whatever, it's fine. I didn't care that much). That first time we went was a little hectic. It got a lot better the second time, on Thursday, when we played outside. They definitely know "Duck, Duck Goose" and "Red Light, Green Light." If I learned anything, it's that little kids need plenty of time to run around. And, I'm the slowest "goose" in the world even though my legs are 3 ft longer than all of the children's legs. No one wants to get tagged in that game. Noooo, not the stew pot!! No one wants to get put in the stew pot!
|They wouldn't let go of our hands|
|Sweet, sweet victory|
|Did I mention I ran backwards the whole time?|
Sunday morning we're leaving for TURKEY!!!!!!! I don't think I can even convey my excitement with all of those exclamation points. I was just worried y'all would think I wasn't excited if I didn't put at least three. I'll take tons of pics and you can bet that this next blog post will be filled with fun.