So it turns out that the tenants that lived in this apartment before me left a “shuk cart.” A cart on wheels made to bring grocery shopping at stores or more specifically the shuk. That means I can finally be one of those people at the shuk who are running the wheels into people’s heels! Yeah! I am looking forward to heading back to the shuk soon. However, it’s also very convenient that there is a grocery store very close to my apartment (about an 8 minute walk?). Although I have a decent vocabulary, I am still relying a lot on food containers having pictures on them. I have only made a few mistakes so far, in terms of opening food to find out it is different than what I wanted to buy….ooops.
I am proud to announce that I am currently drinking my milk from a bag.
Recently, I have had the chance to meet with my voice coach once, go to the art fair on Emek Refayim, explore the Old City shops and march from Gan Ha’atmaout for an hour and 45 minutes to the Knesset in the Jerusalem Pride Parade with hundreds of other people.
A few more random things that I would like to tell you:
1. The other day when I was walking home from Ben Yehuda area I saw an Orthodox woman driving a motorcycle in a long skirt, long sleeve shirt and head covering. You go girl!
2. Washing Machine update- Thanks to Eli downloading my washing machine’s manual in English and sending it to me, I was finally able to wash my clothes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these Israeli machines are really rough on clothes and unless I want all of my clothes ruined in a month, I will need to find a solution. Keara- you totally warned me about this, but did I listen? Well, yes I did, but I didn’t know what else to do.
3. The other day when I was walking home from the grocery store I saw a soldier standing at the entrance of a side street and it made me nervous because I didn’t understand what he was guarding. About 30 seconds later a police car came driving through with it’s siren on and then proceeded to yell into a loudspeaker something in Hebrew which I did not understand. All traffic stopped and I turned to a very old lady on the sidewalk and asked what was happening. She answered me in very fast Hebrew and all I could understand was, “Something, something, something, Netanyahu, something, something, something.” That’s when I saw the caravan of cars coming through and realized traffic was stopping for the Prime Minister to drive through. Oh, living in a capitol of a country! How interesting! (My D.C. friends probably don’t see what the big deal is.)
4. It has come to my attention that fireworks are extremely popular here. I hear fireworks literally 5 times a week. Does anyone else find it strange that in a country like Israel, people would want to make loud explosive noises in the air for fun? Actually, they really are beautiful. Someone told me that it’s very common to have fireworks at your wedding here.
Today is Friday and so that means…. I got to sleep in!! Yeah! I’m looking forward to more Shul Hopping this Shabbat. Last week, as I said, I was in Tel Aviv at the Beit T”fillah and then Saturday morning I walked to Kol Hanshama to see my fellow cantorial student chant Torah. (By the way- for those of you who know him- I ran into Danny Siegel on my walk to the synagogue). Tonight I am looking forward to going to Shira Chadasha.
Shabbat Shalom everyone!
How are your summer adventures going?