Another full week of work. More exciting things ensued.
Day 84: Sunday, 11/30/2014
After a later night at Deborah’s, I woke up and headed to work. It was a good day, although there wasn’t much to report.
Later that night, I went back to “Nola” with Natalie. We were both craving mac and cheese, and since I had raved about it when I went there with Daniel, Natalie was down to try it. I went and ordered it, and they didn’t have it for the day. I was upset. I ended up getting an omelet and hash browns, neither one very good. However, the toast was excellent. I think I’ll stick to the basics there if I return.
I headed home and was able to FaceTime with my little, Hallie! I love having wifi again!
Day 85: Monday, 12/1/2014
Well, it’s December now. Really hard to believe. The countdown until I see my other little, Rebecca, has commenced! 24 more days 🙂
Work was interesting today. The wifi went out at about noon…yay. My boss understood how traumatic of an experience this was for me. About 2 hours later, I found a different open network and was able to do my work.
My boss had to leave early for a meeting, so I also headed out earlier than usual (after finishing all of my work, of course). I decided to take a different bus than I usually take, as this one drops off closer to my house. However, it only comes every 40 minutes and I usually miss it. I got on the bus and and there was only 1 other person, who got off 1 stop later. The bus driver then asked me in Hebrew, “Where would you like me to stop?” and I said, in Hebrew, “I need to be at Dizengoff St., but there’s no stop there.” He proceeded to say, “No problem! I’ll take you there!” It was such an amazing random thing to happen. I was so grateful. Sometimes, I really love this country.
After relaxing at home for a few hours, I headed back out again to meet Daniel and Deborah for dinner, and then to go see the new “Hunger Games” movie!
I’m a huge fan of the books, and was very sad that I wasn’t able to attend the midnight premiere with Hallie like I usually do. However, I was still very excited to see it! I enjoyed it, although if you have not read the books, be prepared for a slower, less action-packed film than the last two. If you had read the books, it’s a pretty faithful adaptation. Overall, I’d say go see it. I then walked back to my house with Deborah and headed to sleep.
Day 86, Tuesday, 12/2/2014
Today was slightly boring. Work was usual, nothing interesting to report. Afterwards, we had another “enrichment.” We have them once a week, and they are supposed to “enrich” our time on the program. Some of them can be really interesting and worth our while, but usually they are so poorly organized that they end up being a waste of our time. This one was the latter, unfortunately.
We had to go all the way to Tel Aviv University again, and we listened to three poorly-given presentations by Israeli start-ups. While the companies themselves were really cool, these 3 could have really used tips from my company, Debate, in order to keep us all more interested… Haha wow… Oh we also started 45 minutes late, so the actual “activity” portion, of us creating our own start-up and coming up with a short pitch, was cut short. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really enjoying my time here in Israel. I just think that the program coordination could be WAY better, and I’m fairly certain that everyone else on my program agrees.
Natalie, Erin and I booked it out of there as quickly as we could and we went and got a quick bite to eat at my favorite restaurant, “The Streets.” Afterwards, I headed to Deborah’s house to watch a little TV, as she lives 2 blocks from the restaurant, and headed back to my house. I then Skyped my friend David before heading to sleep. Did I mention that I love having my wifi back?
Day 87: Wednesday, 12/3/2014
Today seemed to be a really boring day at work for some reason. Oh well, they can’t all be super interesting. I headed home, showered, and took a quick nap before going out that night.
I went and met up with Myriam, a girl in the October session of the program. We both tried to invite a small group of people, and no one else was able to come (well, except for Daniel, who arrived over 2 hours after we got there). Myriam and I bonded over how difficult it was to rally the troops for an evening out.
We went to a bar around the corner from my house, the same one where I went a few week prior for the girls night with Deborah, Lindsey, and Lea. It’s called “223” which is just the address of the bar on Dizengoff St! It was so much fun! I got some exotic and delicious drinks, and we spent hours just talking to each other and getting to know one another. She is a really awesome girl!
Daniel arrived later and we ordered some crispy cauliflower with a garlic aioli to share. He just gets me. The three of us spent a little more time talking and then it was time to call it a night.
That’s all for this post! I’m trying to write about every day the day after it happens so I stay as up-to-date as possible. However, I tried this once before and it didn’t pan out so well. I’m doing my best to keep you all as informed as I can!
-Girl in Israel 🙂