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Life is good in Israel. Surprisingly Timothy and I have had a pretty easy transition and have not experienced too much culture shock (besides almost starving our first sabbath!). However I will say, I’ve had a couple of rough days where I really had to ask  myself “What have I gotten myself into?!?!” But overall life is good.

We moved into our apartment on Sunday (Feb. 10), which Tim refers to as our Mt. Carmel Cottage. So far we just have a bed, small vanity/shelf unit, an end table, and some kitchen supplies. Our neighbor is letting us use some stools until we get some chairs. While it doesn’t feel homey like our place in Texas, it is a really nice apartment. I’m sure it will feel like home soon.

We live in a great neighborhood called Neve Shaanan, which is near the Ziv Center in Haifa. Across the street from our apartment is a small bakery (Tim likes to get pastries there) and a pharmacy. Around the corner is a grocery store. And down the street is a produce market and a butcher shop (which we don’t have much use for). We are also close to several bus stops that can take us to almost any where we want to go in the area. I think I understand the buses a little better than Tim! 🙂

Timothy and I also joined an English writers group (We are the youngest members by about 33 years, but we kinda like it that way). The groups main goal is to write about life in Haifa from the perspective of native English speakers/immigrants. I think it will be really fun and help to encourage us to write about our experiences here in Israel. Plus the people are really nice and have such interesting stories to tell.

We are also starting to make friends with our neighbors and Tim’s school mates. I’m excited about what will happen next during our adventure in Israel.

Other random thoughts about Haifa, Israel:

  • The bats are HUGE! They are like flying cats.
  • You can buy milk in a bag.
  • Domino’s Pizza is open on the Sabbath! WHOOP!
  • Hummas here is so good and creamier than in the U.S.
  • Schnitzel means fried chicken in Israel… not fried pork like in Germany.
  • Cell phone plans are CHEAP!!

Timothy and I safely arrived in Israel on Tuesday. Our flight left JFK at 6pm on Monday and we arrived in Tel Aviv on Tuesday at 11:40am. The almost 10 hour flight wasn’t too bad. It was hard to sleep, but thankfully they had some interesting movies and vegetarian meals for us!

Once we arrived in Israel, we took the train to Haifa. The trains here are really nice. They even have free wifi! While on the train we passed right along the Mediterranean coast for several miles. It was beautiful. The only bad part was that it started raining (and didn’t stop until today)! Once in Haifa we took a taxi to the Technion. We were a little lost, but only ended up being 2 buildings away from our hotel.

On Wednesday we met with Bella (a lady in Tim’s department) to discuss housing, cell phones, health insurance, etc. We even looked at one apartment. On Thursday we looked at 2 apartments and walked through a business district near the Technion. On Friday, we looked at one more apartment and then desperately tried to find food as most shops/restaurants were closing for the Sabbath! We had a little luck, but lets just say we were HUNGRY yesterday. Luckily today (the Sabbath), we found a small cafe that was open. Otherwise I might have chewed my arm off (or Tim’s)!

We have decide on an apartment and we just hope/pray it is still available tomorrow.  Tomorrow will be a busy day as we need to open a bank account and Tim has several appointments in the afternoon.

Other random thoughts about Haifa, Israel:

  • There are so many hills and stairs! It feels like fat camp!
  • They have awesome coffee shops with really good coffees and pastries! A lot like Europe.
  • Thank goodness the Gelato Shop is open on the Sabbath! If nothing else, we can eat ice cream! 🙂
  • The rainy season is RAINY!
  • They don’t have ovens or ranges (only hot plates) in their apartment! How am I going to bake cookies? Or Mac & Cheese? Or Lasagna?
  • We LOVE Falafel!
  • They put CORN on their Pizza! (So do Koreans… I wonder why American’s don’t?)
  • There are a lot of stray cats.
  • Ducky and Pembleton are having a good time so far! 🙂
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