Officially arrived in Israel safe and sound! Flight couldnt have been easier. Met up with the group and took a bus to our apartments in netanya. The apartments are very nice, but I'm definitly beginning to see cultural differences. The apartment did not come with a microwave, stove, or oven. For the next 10 months I will be cooking on a hot plate with one pot and one pan. There is a strong likelyhood i will be investing in a toaster oven as toast is one of my favorite foods and then I will also be able to use it as a mini oven, ill keep you posted. My roommate Mara is great. Besides setting up the apartment with basic essentials like grocerys, an end table, and bathroom essentials, we have spent time exploring this beautiful city. The beach is approximatly a 5 minute walk from our apartment. Its not too crowded, the water is warm, as the paragliders add great ambiance to a place that can already be described as paradise (yes mom, i was wearing sunscreen). The shuk has been a good place to buy groceries as it has very inexpensive and fresh produce. We all live in the same building so on firday we got together and made a potluck shabbat dinner. People went all out and there was shnitzel, pototes, quinoa salad and lots of other delicous things. Had a blast getting to know everyone and cornering people into giving me cooking lessons. Last night I made me first ever adult meal of sauteed chicken, quinoa, and salad. While there is room for improvement its definitly a start. Today was the first day of pedagological training. We discussed games as a teaching tool and how to teach grammer and I am excited to get into a classroom and apply what Im learning. Couldnt be happier! loving my new home and hopefully I can put some pictures up soon. Shalom m'netanya!