This is Israel (Ep. 6 – January 2018)

The sixth installment of “This is Israel” is here!  A space where I share with you what I have experienced during my past month in Israel. In addition to my normal travel blogs, I want to use this space to give you a glimpse of what my life in Israel is really like.

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Lunch at Café Louise
This was my second time visiting Café Louise, and I must say that I have enjoyed it each time. This time around, I went with the department that I work with and it was such a joyful atmosphere filled with happiness and smiles all around.

The Pad Thai that I got was decent, though I feel like there are other places that make much better Pad Thais. (I give it a solid 5.5/10 -__-)

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More hot chocolate goodness
As per my last “This Is Israel” post, I am sure you are aware that my love for hot chocolate transcends all bounds. ALLLL of them.

So obviously, when I decided to go to Aroma café this month, I had to order their hot chocolate (it came with pink and white mini marshmallows!). And I may have also gotten a brownie with it… just maybe.

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I’m not one to usually say this: but the brownie was too sweet. I couldn’t finish the brownie and had to save it for the day after. Which may have not been a bad thing? Because I had a treat the next day uhuhuhehehehe


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Sushi night
Sushi in Israel is definitely different from the sushi that Canada has to offer (as I’m sure the sushi in Canada is different than that in Japan). Someone once described Israeli sushi as having “more frills” than what sushi is actually supposed to be like, and I quite agree with that statement. The sushi here will be deep fried, have cream cheese, or have a whole bunch of crazy sauces on or in it.

The one that I got from Inside Out Sushi, however, did not have any of that craziness because it was more of a ‘build your own’ sushi and I chose to make it quite simple. I don’t think I would actually consider it sushi though, because it just had vegetables.2018-03-09-08-28-47-1.jpgMine had carrots, avocado, cucumber, and shiitake mushrooms. WHAT A COMBO EYY


Meet Herbert the succulent
Got this handsome boy from IKEA and he now resides on my desk at home. (correction: I have now moved him to my office because there is not enough sunlight in my room and I don’t want Herbert to meet a horrible end)Processed with VSCO with a6 presetNow here’s to hoping I don’t kill dear Herbert. People tell me that it’s impossible to kill a succulent… but little do they know, I’ve already killed one. #pray4me #pray4herbert


Going to coffee shops to draw and breathe
This month I have been having a tough time – with a whole plethora of things. Be it anxiety, stress, or just feeling a wee bit home sick. But we’ve all been there, and it’s just a natural part of life and living somewhere you’re still not a 100% familiar with. So I decided that I need to find a way to feel better and to still try my best to excel at my work – at which point I realized going to coffee shops and doodling was the best thing.

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Being able to sit down somewhere with a nice atmosphere, with a hot drink in hand, and spending my time drawing and practicing caligraphy has a certain “je ne sais quoi” to it.

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So let me be honest with you guys – this whole “anxiety, stressed, home sick” thing went on for a few weeks. Things would happen that I had not planned for, things that I did not expect came up and left me in a confused state, and I just wasn’t sure what was happening. So on top of going to coffee shops, I went to the beach. Just being able to sit by the water, with the crisp wind caressing my face, and looking at the most stunning view of the sea allowed me to think about life, try to figure out answers to my problems, and just be happy.

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Just look at this view! How could this not help you relax and become happy

For anyone having a tough time, I would strongly advise that you write a list of things that make you happy and to go out and do them. Or find places that make you happy (in Israel that would be a coffee shop or beside the sea for me) and go there.

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Sonic the Hedgehog came to say “Hi”
Since July I have wanted to see a Hedgehog. My friends have told me that they’re everywhere BUT I HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE (<- please note my frustration at not being able to see these cute animals in their natural habitat).


I finally saw one last night! I was on my way home and stopped in my tracks because this little guy was right in my path. At first, I honestly thought he had died – he wasn’t moving at all. But after staring at him for a solid 3 minutes, wondering whether I should start crying because I came across a dead hedgehog, he started to move (so, no tears ensued).

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Yes, there is a person walking towards me in this picture. No, they are not a murderer. Yes, they do think I’m crazy as I take a photoshoot with this hedgehog.

Going for dinner with the family
A member of my family had come to visit Haifa, so we made sure to make the time to see each other. It was so nice seeing a familiar face and being able to have deep and meaningful conversations with one another. Not to mention, it was also wonderful being able to enjoy one another’s company and eat a delicious meal (that came with a delicious heart-shaped ice cream dessert).

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Vanilla and chocolate ice cream in the shape of a heart? Why, yes please!


7 months down, 23 more to go!