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On the Sabbath (March 16) Timothy and I went to MadaTech Israel National Museum of Science in Haifa with our friend Francois.  While the museum is geared towards children and teens, we had a lot of fun playing in the different exhibits!

This week Timothy and I started our Hebrew Course (Ulpan). It is a basic course teaching conversational Hebrew. We are starting by learning the “Alef Bet” and writing in both print and cursive Hebrew! It’s a little overwhelming, but with a lot of practice I’ll be fine.

Passover (Pesah) will start next week. For us, this means there will be no flour products available for a WHOLE WEEK! That means no bread, pasta, crackers, and some other non-passover approved foods like international cheeses (I don’t know why). Thankfully I have pasta in the cupboards and I put some bread in the freezer! While the school will be on break, Tim and some of his fellow lab mates will be working.

We also have a mailing address, please email me if you would like it.

Take care,

Laura & Timothy

First, I have to say, Timothy and I have amazing landlords! The Perez family have helped us to find a washing machine, table with chairs, a futon, and a desk with storage for our apartment! Our apartment is feeling more and more homey every day.

We are also exploring our neighborhood more. We have discovered two awesome bakeries. One we get bread from and the other we get fresh cheese cake that tastes so good. We also live very close to the mall! It’s about a 15 minute walk. Going to the mall is no problem, because it is all down hill. Coming back, well that is another story.

We are also starting to venture out to more touristy places. Last Shabbat (Saturday, March 2), we went to the Ba’Hai Gardens, the German Colony, and Wadi (an Arab Christian neighborhood). It was a lot of fun and so beautiful. The Ba’Hai Gardens is a part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage list and definitely deserves to be. It is a beautiful garden built on the side of a mountain. Thankfully the tour starts at the top of the mountain, and not at the bottom! They change the flowers 4 times a year, so I’m sure we will be going back a few more times before we leave.

Today, Timothy and I took the bus to Hof Carmel (aka Carmel Beach). It wasn’t warm enough to go swimming, but they have a really  nice promenade to walk on. There were also a ton of shells and smooth neat looking rocks. I collected quite a few to help decorate our apartment. 🙂

We are making lots of friends and we are trying to learn as much about Israeli culture as we can. Oh and we found Hebrew Bananagrams! We start taking Hebrew classes on March 17 (St. Patty’s Day). So by May, I should be kicking Tim’s butt in both English and Hebrew Bananagrams.

Thank you for all your love, support, and prayers!

Shabbat Shalom!

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