Its Saturday here which is the Israeli (and Jewish) day of rest so it is our day off. Since I last wrote, Paul, Kersten, and Mike (other volunteers) have left after spending about a month here and Elyse went to Jordan for the weekend so it was Lance, Vera and I who were here for Shabbat dinner.
Shabbat dinner is on Friday night and it is a religious ceremony (although my hosts arent religious) but it is also a way to start the weekend. They stop work at noon on Friday and we began to cook around 4. Adi taught me how to make the halla bread which we had to let rise for a bit. Then we began to cook. Lance, the south african, worked as a chef so he always cooks and it is always amazing. Vera and I happily took direction and chopped. We made cucumber salad, roasted cauliflower with tahini (AMAZING) and sour cabbage soup for the first course. Then we made vegetable lasagne with a bechamel sauce for the main course. Afterward, we all showered and dresssed up and came back to eat.
The dinner starts with a blessing by the man of the house so Ynon is teaching the oldest son, Iri, to do it. He blessed the wine and the bread and passed it around and then we ate. All the kids were there and some great Israeli music was on so it was the perfect atmosphere. Adi and Ynon are so great about bringing us into their lives and telling us about the history of the farm, their families and Israel. Every question is ok to ask so we are learning so much about Israeli culture, politics and life so its amazing. I keep saying it but it is nothing like I thought it would be here, in so many ways. The people are so welcoming and live such a relaxed, laid back life. We are always outside and, there is not a care in the world.
Today is our day off and since we went to the Dead Sea on Wednesday, I think I will do a hike in the desert today. There is a great trail through the badlands which leads to a dry waterfall so I think Ill do it. One of the Thai workers who is the manager of the farm and close with the volunteers, banchu, is making us thai food for lunch, I can honestly say Im living the life.
Have a great weekend!