Episode 2: The Program Begins

Well, Folks, (and by folks I mean peeps, i.e. people reading this, not to be confused with folks = parents, which is a subset of the group “peeps”) a bunch of stuff happened this week. Topics include Blowing Hard, Move-In, Plant, Desk, Hookups, Dancing, Family,  Food stuff, and cards. Things that happened that don’t deserve individual sections include stickers, yay; Rav-Kav, functional;

Blowing Hard: So Israeli medical testing is super weird. They had me blow into a tube for like 5-10min. They didn’t like the results, I blame the wacky machinery. Seriously, I have never had to blow into a tube for a medical test. Also, my eyes are as poor as they always have been, and blood is really cool; see your local micro-fluidics textbook for details.

Move-In:  I moved into my new apartment this week. It’s super huge, photos upon request. We’re 14 people; 4(5) guys and 9 girls. Everyone seems super chill, and despite us hailing from a bunch of different countries and a wide age range (17-32) our first couple days have been pretty great.

Plant: I bought a plant this week. He is yet unnamed. If you have a good name, comment or let me know. Otherwise, he will be known as “Planty.” Planty is awesome, Period. <- that is a period, weird.

Desk: I bought a desk from an office store for my room. I had to buy some tools also, but I figure someone else will need a screwdriver and a hammer at some point.

Hookups: We finally found command hooks after searching for hours. This apartment has no towel hangers, and I’ve got a bathrobe also. Glad we found these.

Dancing: Club Mckeldin has made its way to Israel. Don’t ask why, be assured it was most delicately introduced, and I will be reminded of my follow for another 5 months.

Family: I at dinner at this great dairy restaurant with my cousin Yaakov, it was really great seeing him. I look forward to visiting all of the mishpachah as my time in Israel continues.

Food Stuff: I have kosher dishes, yay! I made brown rice stir-fry for shabbos. Made a bunch of egg omelets this week, too. I think I substituted creamer for milk, though.

Card: So I just bought alcohol, and didn’t get carded. Super weird. Only in Israel, I guess.


Next week: I start my Internship, looking forward to getting back into the engineering. Field trip to Ein Gedi (I think this is my 4th time, maybe 5th), looking forward.

Episode 1: Pre-Program Experience

So I got into Israel no problem. The flight was fine, I made pleasant conversation with the woman sitting next to me. Customs took literally fifteen seconds, but the bags took 1.5 to come. I exchanged money. Note to self: coins are actually valuable in Israel.

I took a taxi to the hostel. Or at least I tried to. Turns out Florentine and Levontine are two different streets. who knew? My taxi driver didn’t.The second taxi driver took me to the right place.

Met up with a close friend for shwarma lunch. Let’s call this place shwarma locale #1. I like the food here. Ate there again.

I met with my internship people, my boss seems like a cool dude. The office seems chill, and the project is interesting. Still need some testing done, but all-in-all I’m satisfied thus far.I tried to figure out where the hip davening places are in town. I met some success.

Shabbat number 1 was as expected. Let’s just put it this way, it wasn’t awful, but there’s room for improvement.

I met some people from Chicago at shul. Speaking of which, despite the Nusach being Sfard (honestly not my fave), I enjoyed the davening, rabbi/chazzan has a decent voice, he did some good tunes.

Saturday night I almost went out with people from my program, but I fell asleep. This whole jetlag thing is getting to be super lame.

Ate at a different shwarma place closer to the hostel. The shwarma plate was 13 NIS cheaper, and of similar quality, if albeit having fewer salad options. This place is Shwarma locale 2.