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Just a few months after moving to England, Timothy and I were back in Israel! Our good friends Dan and Shirley were getting married (it went off without a hitch!)! It was my first Jewish wedding and it was awesome! The Rabbi did everything in Hebrew, and then he would explain it in English! The wedding was beautiful, the couple were so happy and beautiful,  the venue was beautiful, the food was good, and the party was a lot of fun. We are so happy we were able to share in our friends happy day!

Since we were going back to Israel, we wanted to do some things we didn’t do before, and also do some things we loved! First we went to Jaffa (South of Tel Aviv), Eilat, and Petra (see post below), which were places we hadn’t visited! Then we were back in Haifa, where we met with friends, spent 2 days at Hof HaCarmel swimming and had fun, we ate a lot of Israeli food, and drank LOTS of Hafuk (Israeli lattes!).

Enjoy the pictures! (Click to enlarge the gallery!)

In October, Timothy’s parents, along with his older brother Jonathon and Jon’s wife Ruolin came to visit us in Israel. We hired a private guide who gave us a tour of Masada, the Dead Sea , Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. Then we explored Haifa and the surrounding areas on our own. Jon and Ruolin took a day trip to Akko (Acre), and another day trip to Ceserea, when Timothy’s dad was under the weather. And Timothy’s Mom stayed for an extra week, so we got to visit Akko (Acre) and Nazareth together.

It was fun showing Timothy’s family our new home. We even got to celebrate a Shabbat dinner together thanks to our friends Daniel and Shirley. We had a really nice time together and took a ton of pictures. Here are just a few.

Earlier today Timothy sent me a message saying he wanted to have a picnic at the beach for dinner.  I made a salad and packed some hummus and crackers. Once Timothy got home from work, we were off to Hof Carmel. The beach is only a 20 minute bus ride away, which is really nice. Once we got to the beach we sat on a grassy outdoor auditorium where we had a perfect view of the water and the sun setting.

The food was good, the company was great, and the view was beautiful.

Israel definitely has its perks.

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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