The tenth 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.
Starting a TESOL course
At present, I have a little over a year in Israel. To some that may still be a lot of time, but it has gotten me thinking about what I want to do next. Since I can remember, I have wanted to see what teaching English in Korea is like – so I decided that I would go through with it! Whether or not it actually happens is a whole other story, but I’m still going to take the necessary steps to apply – and one of those steps is to become TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certified. By getting this certification, it enables me to teach English overseas (granted, there are many other things you have to do to be able to teach English overseas, but this is one necessary step).
Let’s see what the future holds!
Bringing a taste of fall to Israel (making pumpkin muffins)
The degree to which I miss fall and pumpkin-flavoured things is beyond me.
Israel doesn’t really have what I would consider a proper autumn. Some leaves fall from trees
like two and the weather gets a bit colder, but there are no pumpkins, no colourful foliage, no crisp air, and the saddest part? HALLOWEEN IS NOT A THING.
So when I found a can of pureed pumpkins, I got a little too excited, and went ahead and found the most delicious pumpkin muffin recipe and made myself so many muffins that I probably now look like a balloon from eating too many. #worthit
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I found the best thing in the world. THE BEST.
I may now need to buy myself 10 jars to bring back home with me once I leave Israel. Is this a thing elsewhere in the world?? I never saw it in Canada!
Ice Cream, IcE cReAm, ICE CREAM
I’m not the biggest fan of really hot weather, so Israel has been a struggle to me in that regard. But one thing that I do appreciate in this humid and hot heat is the excuse it gives me to eat my body weight in ice cream. And ooooo boy is there ever such delicious ice cream in Israel!
Here’s some to-die for vanilla soft-serve with a brownie topping:
And here’s a banana brûlée and coconut ice cream, which I
devoured in a solid 3 seconds enjoyed very much:
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It’s so nice to have my momsie here in Haifa with me after over a year of living away from home. We’ve been having meals together, doing things together, and in October we’ll have a mother-daughter trip in Europe! Having my mom here gives me a semblance of being back home, so I’ve been loving every moment of it!
Also, can we take a moment to please appreciate that pretty much half her suitcase was filled with things for me? She even brought me ramen because I missed eating it!
A month of holidays
September is a month filled with Jewish holidays here in Israel, and with each of those holidays comes the closure of shops and the full-stop of transit, which as a result means your routine is a thing of the past.
But, it’s so interesting to learn about the holidays themselves. In Canada, I lived somewhere where Christian holidays, such as Christmas or Easter, were celebrated widely. So it has been very interesting to now live in a city where the majority of people celebrate different holidays and commemorations. It makes me want to travel the world more to experience what other cultures are like and to learn more about different religions in the varying parts of the world.
Most recently, was the holiday of Sukkot. During Sukkot, the Jewish people build a tabernacle which is covered by palm branches to remind them of the fragile dwellings that the Israelites lived in long ago. This tabernacle is called a Sukkah. Throughout the holiday, families will eat their meals inside of it and some also sleep within it. How interesting, right?
Here’s a picture of one of the Sukkah that I came across while on my walk home:
Green mandarin oranges??
I’m used to mandarin oranges with yellow or oranges peels, but definitely not green – so I found myself needing to share a picture of this.Are green mandarin oranges popular in your country?
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With the help of my mom, we were able to find a bus that runs for the majority of Friday that goes to Nazareth!
So off we went on a Friday morning at 6:45am to make our way to the bus station and took a 1 hour bus ride to Nazareth! I can’t even begin to explain how nice it was to get out of Haifa and see a new part of Israel. I never had realized how much historic significance Nazareth holds for those of the Christian faith, so it was very eye opening to learn so many new things and go to different holy Christian sites.
I’ll definitely be writing some blog posts about Nazareth, so keep your eyes opened for that!
14 months down, 16 more to go!
So how was everyone else’s September? Did you do anything exciting?