Shabbat shalom haverim! I'm finally here in Tel Aviv and absolutely loving it. The past few weeks have been quite the rollercoaster of emotions to say the least. The move went pretty smoothly and adjusting to the city has been fun and a little scary. I've been on such a high from the excitement of my new surroundings. Last week was tough as my Nanny passed away on Wednesday night and I wanted so much to be in Connecticut with my family for the wake and funeral. Although it is hard to be so far away, talking with Mom has helped me to feel better. I guess with so much going on all the time here, this has been a reminder that things are still happening back home without me.
So about life in Tel Aviv... My apartment is basically an extended-stay hotel; we have a maid who comes once a week to refresh our towels/linens and clean the apartment! The location could NOT be better- 2 minute walk from the beach and on a street (Ben Yehuda) with countless cafes, restaurants, art galleries, shops, hair salons (? don't ask...) etc. If only I had the money to be patronizing all of these fine establishments..... ha!! That's probably the only down-side so far to Tel Aviv, it's much more expensive than living in Arad. I've been trying to land a part-time job, but unfortunately nothing has worked out so far with the exception of a couple potential babysitting gigs.
My internship is great so far. Everyone in the office has been very welcoming and helpful. I even have my own office and computer! One Voice is in the process of establishing Student Chapters at 5 main universities in Israel. My job is helping with the organization of these chapters and also to figure out how best to involve international students. I am starting with the only private university here, the IDC (Interdisciplinary College) Herzliya. I'm working with a couple international students there and after they finish with exams, we will meet and discuss how to move forward. As a whole, things are relatively quiet in the office for now. We are waiting to see what will happen at the end of the month when the Winograd Report on last year's Lebanon war is released. If Prime Minister Olmert can not survive it's implications, One Voice will find itself in a difficult position as peace negotiations are not likely to move forward. We will wait and see...
Marathon training continues... although I missed 2 runs this week due to a pulled leg muscle. =( I have decided not to run with the Tel Aviv Running Club after all. I tried 2 workouts with them last week and it's not right for me. Noone at my pace, not the support I need... I'm better off on my own, at my own pace for now. Hopefully I can at least find one person to do long runs with, though!
Other than that I am just busy trying to figure out my life for the somewhat near future. I'm pretty sure about what I'll be doing this summer, working at WholeFoods and babysitting when the Pedro's want me to. But after that, things are still pretty up in the air.
Enjoy the new pictures, more to come soon.
(The army base ones are part of the Leadership seminar I participated in. The soldiers who went to the seminar are in a unit called Duvdevan- an elite, counter-terrorist unit. We got the extremely rare privilege of visiting their base. And from the stares and reactions we got by the soldiers on base, we could tell that they never ever have visitors!)