Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I had that title planned out for a while.
Well, it’s really been a while since my last post. I hope you haven’t been holding your breath! Everything in Israel has been pretty normal. I’ve really settled into my school and the daily routine. Waking up early hasn’t been the easiest thing to get used to, so I actually started drinking coffee! For all of those who didn’t know, for 22 years however many months I never had had much coffee. Before I came to Israel I could probably count the times I’ve had an unflavored cup on one hand. Well, all that has changed here! The selection isn’t incredible like Starbucks, but I like the Turkish coffee (they call it בוץ here, it means mud). I suppose it was only a matter of time before I turned to the drink, but I finally took the plunge.
School has been pretty great. I have a great group of 7th graders who love to play football (the ‘Murican kind), and next week I’ll hopefully start (again) with the 6th grade to teach them baseball. It’s been more of a challenge to teach baseball because there isn’t as much action. It’s a patient man’s game, and that is in short supply here in Israel. My newest project is pretty exciting (at least to me), I’m working with two 7th grade groups who are going to prepare a debate in English. I think the topic is going to be issues about free speech, but I want to make sure that whatever topic they choose it has relevance in Israel, and that there will be enough for them to write about. We’ll see how that all goes! My dream project at this point would be to do a unit on music with my strong 7th grade group. I asked a few of them what music they listen to from the states and all they said was Justin Beiber, he’s not even from the United States! I was very disappointed, so we’re going to have an American music appreciation class.
The other week the Ramla groups, and everyone else from Oranim went down to Eilat for the weekend. It was eilat of fun (HA, see what I did there!). On the way down to Eilat we made a stop for a quick hike to the ridge along Mitzpeh Ramon. It was just as beautiful as I remember. Afterwards, we arrived in Eilat, had a quick kabbalat Shabbat and a nice Shabbat dinner. That night we all went out to enjoy the nightlife.
The next day Golomb apartment set out to Coral beach to do some snorkeling. it was a lot of fun, I think I’ve been to the same reef before, but still had a blast going back. The day was pretty relaxing, after snorkeling we crashed until dinner time, and for motzei shabbat we went out on the town again.
Eilat is a great place, but it’s a little too isolated for me. The scenery is beautiful, and there are tons of places to go out at night, but there doesn’t seem to be much more than that, and everything is the same color…no greenery!
Sorry this post is coming so late! I’ve been busy with school, and nothing much else has been going on. As for more good news, it’s been raining a lot in Ramla. It’s tough to get excited as we were a few weeks ago, but it’s always good to see rain clouds in the sky. The next trip I have coming up is with Kiryat HaOmanim when I’m taking a day trip to Jerusalem with the 7th grade!
I hope everyone at home is doing well and that yall have a great Thanksgiving!