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Sunday, July 30, 2006

and there was much free time in the land

imac's photobooth is fun! (as is suprise visits from wonderful friends!)


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Saturday, July 29, 2006

only in israel... and a few thoughts on returns

the grassy knoll... great place to study although shade was a bit scarce... the day this was taken we were having a bit of a frustrating time trying to figure out what in the world the book was asking us to do

relaxing... gotta love class field trips

so, on my last full day in israel, israel decided to treat me to a day that could really only israel could treat a person to... here in detail is the events of the spectacularly israeli day...

the day began as normal, i woke up at 7 and climbed the three flights of stairs to the dinning hall where i drank instant coffee and had my usual breakfast of yogurt, fruit and granola after which i went to the front office to order a sherut to the airport for the next morning (at 4:30 am... gross)... they were a little bit unsure about the whole thing... which is intirely normal. after breakfast and a few last moments of cramming for my exam, i went up to the area where our class mets and 25 students + 4 teachers went down to the big classroom on the moshav to take our test, however the door was locked and the key didnt open it. ephriam (one of the teachers) went and argued with the moshav staff for 20 min while we all waited outside. his efferts where in vain and we were sent to our other two classrooms (our normal places for class). the other class went to one of the classrooms/bombshelters where half of the class took their test on bunk beds and our class took our tests so close together that my test was almost touching the others on the small small table that we were using. hmm... this might get long if it is in all narrative... better switch to point form...

-gathered together as a class and listened a song in hebrew about goliath written by a hebrew group that's equivilant to the beattles of israel
-had a birthday party at lunch
-we were supposed to practice for our play at 2, which moved to 2:30, which was moved to 3:30 because they needed to clean the stage and setting area (it's outside... they were sweeping rocks)
-picked grapes in the biblical gardens
-took a hike down the mountain and found a well (how cool is that!)
-went to dinner to find that it had been pushed back 45 min... which ended up being an hour... problem becuase our play was supposed to be at 7 and dinner was at 7
-while we were waiting outside for dinner a wedding party came through, in the middle of the wedding party was a family wearing bathing suits
-near reception they had placed a replica of a canon and a dentist chair outside... and people were sitting in the dentist chair and getting their picture taken
-after a long delay (dinner) we went to go do our jonah play... but the person that was supposed to video tape the performance forgot his camara so he had to go home to get it... delaying the play another 1 and a half
-all and all it was a very funny day...

and now i am home, back a land of green and filled with tons of space (it's kind of overwhelming actaully... i can lie on the floor of my room with my legs and arms spread out... that's a lot of space), tons of signs, and tons of big things.

Posted by lowercaseg :: 10:22 AM :: |

Thursday, July 27, 2006

ha kets ba (the end is coming)

after 2 and a half months, i have reached my last full day in israel. tomorrow i will (maybe) see the sunrise from the airport in tel aviv but i will see the sunset in zeeland mi. today will be a mixture of a tad bit of stress (exam :S) and a lot of fun... last hikes and our final play of the book of jonah... complete with singing and some very fun props. anyway, i have to go listen to the book of jonah one more time before class this morning...

shalom israel

Posted by lowercaseg :: 12:23 AM :: |

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

mmm... yad hashemona in the evenings

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

in my defense

this is from a portion of an article on wikipedia:

Differences between spoken and written English
Spelling - Because of the many changes in pronunciation which have occurred since a written standard developed, English spelling is difficult even for native speakers to master. This difficulty is shown in such activities as Spelling Bees that generally require the memorization of words. English speakers may also rely on utilities like Spell checkers more than speakers of other languages, as the users of the spell checker may have forgotten, or never learned, the correct spelling of a word. The generalizations which exist are quite complex and there are many exceptions leading to a considerable amount of rote learning. The spelling system causes problems in both directions - a learner may know a word orally but not be able to write it correctly, or they may see a word written but not know how to pronounce it or mislearn the pronunciation.

Posted by lowercaseg :: 12:25 PM :: |

Thursday, July 13, 2006

pictures... and a video... (hopfully is works!)

the following scenes include:
-my unfortunate encounter with a jelly fish
-the culprate,
-sunset in tel aviv... on class field trip where we acted out the story of jonah
-our second field trip where we acted out the story of david and goliath
-a pizza delivered to our moshav i:)... pizza complete with moter scotter delivery, hot sauce, and zartar (spice)
-video: acting out the story of david and goliath... this is much of what we do everyday :)

Posted by lowercaseg :: 6:05 AM :: |

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

faith my eyes

As I survey the ground for ants
Looking for a place to sit and read
I'm reminded of
The streets of my home town
How much they like this concrete
That's warm beneath my feet
And how I"m all wrapped up
In my mother's face
With a touch of my father
Just up around the eyes
And the sound of my brother's laugh
More wrapped up in what binds our
Ever distant lives.

But if I must go
Things I trust will be better off without me
But I don't want to know
Life is better off a mystery

So keep on coming
These lines on the raod
Keep me responsible
Be it a light or a heavy load
Keep me guessing
These blessings in disguise
I'll walk with grace me feet
And faith my eyes

The hometown weather is on TV
And I imagine the lives
Of the people living there
And I'm curious if they imagine me
They just to leave,
I wish that I could stay

I get turned around
And I mistake my happiness for blessing
And I'm blessed as the poor
Still I judge success by how I'm dressing

So I'll sing a song of my home town
Breathe the air and walk the streets
Maybe find a place to sit and read
But the ants are welcome company

Posted by lowercaseg :: 6:53 AM :: |
books :):):)

today i bought a book in hebrew... the book is about fraggle rock... this land is filled with strange and unexpected things

Posted by lowercaseg :: 1:12 AM :: |

Thursday, July 06, 2006

swimming holes of the summer...

1. the pacific ocean (fully clothed and very cold)
2. lake in the middle of bc forest (very cold)
3. the sea of galilee (pleasent)
4. the dead sea x 2 (very hot... hotter then the air... no refreshment but a lot of fun to float on!)
5. the pools of en gedi (waterfalls!!! :):)
6. the swimming pool at newe ilan (i'm not sure if it's clorinated or ever cleaned)
6. the mediterianian

yesterday was our class field trip to the mediteranian... we did scenes from jonah on the beach... i was jonah, which meant that at the end of the dialogue i was thrown into the sea...

after acting out our dialogues we had free time so i body surfed on the waves for a little while! so much fun! with only a minor incident when i got stung by a jelly fish... but hey that doesnt happen ever day!!!!!!

shalom from yad hashemona

Posted by lowercaseg :: 1:01 AM :: |

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

happy birhtday jo!

a very happy birthday wish goes out from israel to my wonderful, talented, and slightly sarcastic friend over in canada land.
jobert, you are wonderful and i hope that your birhtday is filled with the wonderfulness that comes with having birhtdays! i dont know how to say happy birthday in hebrew but if i did that's what i would have written here... so far all i can say is yom tov... good day :) so that will have to do.

Posted by lowercaseg :: 1:08 AM :: |