There have been some interesting developments here since I last wrote, some good and some bad. Pretty much everyone from the volunteer crew last week is gone. The last one Elyse, is leaving tomorrow. I knew this was coming because that had all spent atleast three weeks here and it was time for some to go home and some to travel on, but it was hard because we were such a great crew with an awesome dynamic. Its always hard to see friends go. Lance left Sunday, saturday is pretty much a no go since everything closes for shabbat, and in his place came a new girl. This girl, we will call her Susie to protect her identity, is a friend of one of the other volunteers who came a couple days after me. They had met in the North of Israel at a different farm and she decided to come and stay here. Susie has an interesting perspective on life. She is 30 from what I can tell, though she refuses to confirm, and she doesn't believe in having life goals. So thats fine, ive already met some interesting characters around here, and i support doing what you want with life, but she likes to enforce that rule on others. In general, it makes for a bad vibe. She seems pissed off all the time that we have to work in the mornings, she is super lazy and takes a thousand breaks. Once again, that is fine, its her conscience but she gives us crap for not doing like she does. My thing is this. Adi and Ynon are so amazing, we stay and eat for free (amaying food), they take us into their home and this isn't just a hobby for them, its a business and their income. I can tell Im losing my patience a bit so i have decided to take a little break and go to jerusalem for a week next week. It works out perfectly because i will get to visit right before the crowds come for passover and then i can spend passover here. Also, considering logistics, it means i can leave a ton of stuff here and just bring a small bag which will be great.Adi said I can stay as long as I want, whenever I want which just adds to her awesomeness. I am so excited for jerusalem, everyone says its such an interesting place with an intensity that some immediately love and others dont feel comfortable with. We will see which one i am, any guesses?
Anyway, enough with bad news, here is the other good news. Last night we had a dance party with all of Adi and Ynon's friends, a dj, and a pizza making station. It was so fun- i had bar duty- and during this time, a new volunteer came. Her name is Devon and she has been here before in October but has been living and working in Jerusalem since then. She is from Los Angeles, and she is amazing. We got along imediately and we are already talking about going up to the North together to volunteer. She is a dance teacher so today she taught stretch class for us, which we all need after long dazs at the greenhouse. It was on the grass by the house, with an awesome breeze and during the kids' naptime so it was quiet. By the end, we all passed out and took an afternoon nap on the grass. She is a breath of fresh air and im pumped she is staying for a while.
Other than that, not so much new. I went for a bike ride today to the neighboring Moshav to check it out. There is road which connects ours to theirs called The Peace Route. It is so beautiful. It curves through a canyon that looks like a more shallow, wider Bryce Canyon. I am now on cheese flipping duty, we have to flip it to ensure proper enyzme penetration or something.
I want to thank everyone for commenting! I read all of them and its so nice to hear from everyone at home! Good night!