In a Teeny Tiny Nutshell
07.05.2011 - 17.05.2011
Here I sit in CafeCafe in Nahariya, Israel. Haven't had Internet in a while and now am just on my little iPod. But I haven't been in touch in a while so here's a flash look at the last several days.
Istanbul was beautiful. I wish so much that I had had more time there. So much to learn from the culture. So many wonderful people to meet. It is, perhaps, giving Aix en Provence a run for its money as my favorite place.
Israel has also been wonderful. Seeing Heather has been great, though it took me a bit of time to adjust to being with somone else all the time after being alone for so long! We spent 3 days in Jerusalem, seeing some sights, going to some local live music and joining a new friend in his home for shabbat dinner. Then Saturday we headed to the Dead Sea with a couple new Palestinian friends and camped there and then went to Masada and camped in the middle of nowhere and hiked it the next day. Then after hiking we took the bus north to the Kinnaret (Sea of Galilee) and camped and swam. And today we hitchhiked to Tiberias and took the bus to Haifa and then to Nahariya and will probably be here until Friday morning when we head to Tel Aviv for Heather to catch her flight on Saturday evening. And then I'll go back to Jerusalem to help a new friend with some projects he has to do.
It has been a great week here with lots of new friends and kind people. There is lots more to tell but this is enough for now I think! I am mostly learning about who I am and how to understand what I've learned while traveling in the context of a friend from home. It's a little trickier than I anticipated but is a good preparation for coming back.
I am super dirty, a little sunburned and feeling tired but so strong. Best way to be I think! Love you all very much and am sending you full, warm desert life. Sending you the understanding of what matters and what does not...I mean the desire to learn this distinction more each day. Sending you shalom and goodness.