Sunday, July 22, 2012

Week 1 Highlights

Hard to believe we've been here a week already.  When I came on Nativ those many years ago, our staff kept using the phrase "hit the ground running".  It feels like that is what we did, and now I am exhausted!

Here are some highlights from our first week as an Israeli family:
  • Shabbat in Jerusalem - there is something tangibly different on Shabbat here than other days of the week.
  • Walking home Friday night and hearing people singing zemirot
  • Having supermarket clerks wish you a Shabbat Shalom
  • People pronouncing my (Bat-Ami's) name correctly; the first time
  • Reconnecting with family and friends
  • Driving without freaking out (okay, only freaking out a little)
  • Opening our bank account in under 2 hours (yes, that is a small victory here)
  • Having a productive meeting at Misrad Haklita and finding out the pekida who was helping us is originally from Seattle.
  • Finding an apartment, and starting rental negotiations
  • Going to Machane Yehuda and getting reprimanded by the produce guys for not buying in large enough quantities, also seeing a cow head; teeth, eyes, and all (more a boys' highlight)
  • Option paralysis at the food court at the mall in Modiin; Milchig? Fleishig? Too many choices! - of course we all wound up choosing shwarma

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