This is Israel (Ep.1 – August 2017)

As many of you already know, I’ve now moved to Israel!

Over the course of this month, I have slowly begun adjusting to life here and have begun to feel settled in.

In addition to writing blog posts about my traveling adventures, I thought I would also write one blog post per month about what has occurred within that period so that my family, friends, and anyone interested can get a glimpse of what my life in Israel is really like.

I am looking forward to taking this journey with you all!

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Arriving to Israel (July)

Before diving into the month of August, here’s a quick snippet of July:

After a 22 hour flight, which included 3 connecting flights and 2 layovers, I finally made it to my final destination: Israel!

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My first few weeks (in July), were mainly composed of getting oriented with the work that I will be doing and settling in to where I’ll be living – so nothing much happened in terms of exploring, so I’ll begin the first of this blog series with an entry for the month of August.

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Week 1

Boiler troubles
Unlike where I come from in Canada, Israel makes use of solar-powered boilers. If you want to have warm water during your shower, you need to make the conscious decision to turn on the boiler before doing so – if not, be prepared for water as cold as the Arctic Ocean.

This week, my flat’s boiler decided to break. More specifically, a water pipe decided to burst on the roof, which resulted in waking up to a freezing cold shower. On the plus side, that shower most definitely got me wide awake.

 

Buying fruit from the market for the first time
One thing that I love about Israel is the fact that there are many outdoor markets, or bazaars, within the city. Unlike Canada, where there will be big supermarkets such as Superstore or Safeway, in Israel you will find little stalls and outdoor market stands that sell fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and freshly squeezed juice.

This week, I decided that it was about time for me to venture out and buy something from the market place. So, I grabbed a friend and a camera and made my way to the Wadi Nisnas (the Arab neighbourhood of Haifa).

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Week 2

Best meals all day, every day
One thing that I regret doing is eating the fruits and vegetables here.
“What? Are they that bad??”
Quite the opposite really – they’re just that good!
Honestly, when I go back to Canada I am going to compare the taste of all the fruits to those that I’ve been having here, and I’m not quite sure whether anything will beat the taste of the fruit that Israel has to offer.

And so, as a result, I make sure to have fruit with every single one of my meals.

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Peach yogurt//a mix of eggs, mushrooms, and chives//mangoes with nectarines hidden below
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Pancakes courtesy of my lovely flatmate//a variety of spreads//nectarines
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Peach yogurt//crackers//mozzarella cheese//dolmeh//grapes and peaches

 

Printer troubles?
Found these pieces of paper at the office printer this past week. Is there a little man stuck inside the printer or is someone just pulling my leg?

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IKEA visits
THANK THA LORD THAT THERE IS AN IKEA IN HAIFA!
I had the chance to go to IKEA and find a few things to make my room a bit more comfortable. I bought myself two pillows, a mug, some picture frames, a cork board, a place mat, a hamper, and a drying rack for my clothes.

I was able to get a few little things here and there to make my room a bit more “home-y”.

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Forgive the bad quality of the picture – but here’s a quick snapshot of my room!

 

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Week 3

Being in awe
During my walk every morning and afternoon, I get to pass by these amazing buildings. How lucky am I to see these magnificent structures every single day?

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Cinderella lost her shoe
The weirdest things can be found right in front of my flat…

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The best pizza ever?

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Beach Trip
I finally made my first visit to the beach! Imagine this: water coloured with a vibrant blue, sand running through your toes, sea shells lining the ground, and a cool breeze that gives you energy. That was what Carmel Beach was like.

So the plan had not been to go to the beach at first, it had been something much more dull: to go home and clean. Luckily, I met some friends on the bus ride home and they changed my mind into going to the beach. Granted, due to the spontaneity of the trip – I did not put any sun screen on (bad Iman… bad…). I figured I would be fine, because I never burn back home – but was I ever wrong! I have never been burnt this badly: sunburn on my nose and cheeks, my legs, my forearms, and worst of all, my shoulders. I even got a burn on my scalp! I think I’ve learned to never again be outside for a long period of time without any sunscreen. On the plus side, I have a killer tan now? (And maybe skin cancer)

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Week 4

More amazing meals

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Mangoes//figs//mozzarella cheese//dolmeh
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Strawberry yogurt//cucumbers//grapes//mozzarella cheese//dolmeh//pita bread with cream cheese and cucumbers

 

Dear Israel, why?
Could someone please explain to me, why the city of Haifa thinks that it is okay to begin cutting their hedges with chainsaws at 1:30am? I find it quite interesting that the city has a rule of “quiet time” after 11:00pm, yet they will still cut the hedges on my road for a good hour starting at 1:30am.

So far this is the second time this has happened – once in July, once in August. Perhaps it’s a monthly thing? Not a fan though because you wake up thinking that a Texas Chainsaw Massacre is about to go down it is so loud that you wake up and can’t go back to sleep (and it’s quite unfortunate when you have to wake up at 6:00am the next morning).

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Week 5

Walking down the terraces at night
I’ve begun to make it a habit of mine to walk home whenever I don’t have to carry anything heavy with me (i.e., groceries). Not only does it feel wonderful to walk after a day of sitting down and staring at a computer screen, but I also get to look at this most amazing view. I don’t think anyone could ever get tired of seeing these magnificent terraces and their Shrine.

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Month 2 down, 28 more to go!

xxNAME

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