Second, Third and a Day Off!

So this is my second official day of school! Excitement!? Not really, I was late for class because I miss timed the bus, and that’s not happening again if I can help it! Then after class I got called into the office and the lady was asking me if I went to orientation and saying that I hadn’t enrolled yet and wondering if I was in the right class so on and on. Which threw me for a loop because I enrolled before orientation, and I was there, and I was in the right class. What was wrong with these people, I thought, did something go wrong with the paper work!? There shouldn’t be anything wrong with it. When they stopped asking me all these questions and I was able to actually answer them, it was all cleared up. One, I was enrolled they just missed me on the list, two I was in orientation just not in the one she was in, I was in the other one (make any sense? no, I didn’t think so), three I was in the right class! So all that for no reason and they came to realize I wasn’t one of the people they were looking for.

And that was my morning. Not a very good way to start your first full week of school.

Tomorrow is the second one and I am NOT going to be late! Even if that means getting up early. Normal to me is 5:30am early is more like 4:30.

 

Now yesterday was my third day at school. A much better day, I wasn’t late and was on time all day. I talked to one of my classmates on the bus, and that was really good.

My Teacher Pav, is stern but fun all at the same time. And because we’re going through to get our certificates in Youth or community services he will be teaching Communication and Cultural diversity in this class. But, as he says, we can’t help and understand others until we know who we are and where we stand. So he will be helping us do that for the next 8 weeks. He’s also teaching my Thursday morning class. He’s just an interesting teacher, he knows a lot about psychology and we will be learning a bit about that in all his classes. A very interesting subject. I took 4 pages of notes, that tells you how interesting and how much info is being packed into my brain. It may not be a lot of notes to you but when you only take maybe 3 pages in the other classes it’s a lot of notes!

Today is my off day! Everyone is so Happy for a day off. It is a day to recoup and study before the next 3 classes (I’ve got two classes on Thursday).

I must be boring you with all this school stuff so I’ll stop now.

But one interesting fact before I go,

Did you know that there are 10 reasons why people get married?

Well there are I’ll name them for you. Now its not in exact order, and it may be put in different ways depending on the list, but yeah. Here they are:

  • to have children
  • socially acceptable (its what our society expects)
  • arranged
  • Wealth
  • financially
  • Fear of being alone
  • love
  • Attraction
  • friendship
  • for religious reasons

Back Next Door

OK! So we are now back across the border!

We left Jordan on Tuesday (yesterday), crossed the border. Which was a really nice crossing. Everyone was friendly and smiling. It was really great. Of course Dad, Joseph and I had our bags searched, but that was because we had:

Dad

berkey (our metal water filter)

metal bowl,

Joseph

Multi tool,

canned food,

bowl,

but mostly cans

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Multi tool,

bowl,

tin flute,

But the great news is! I beat Dad and Joseph packing up again. Dad says I take a long time to pack up, and that I need to work on packing faster. But I beat him! YIPPY! I felt like having a party at that moment, I almost wish I timed myself like I did with my sleeping bag before we left Afula. But that probably would be too much, especially at border security. It was great though. The whole border thing was good. Then we find out that the bus to Jerusalem wasn’t until 4:30 because of Rosh Hashanah, so we got a bit frazzled at that but Father used that.

We went to stay at a hostel in Eliat named The Shelter. It’s a christian run hostel, and I would recommend it to anyone. If you have a family, great, its near a big playground, if you come as a group or by yourself, there’s always great people to talk to. The beach isn’t that far. It’s just all around great!

We rested up, then today we got on the 10:00 bus and went to Jerusalem, then caught a bus to Afula. We are now back at the same house that we house sited last month, but down in the apartment. Only for a couple of days though. Its been a good day.

When we arrived back in The Land, I found that I connected with the land but not with the people and the culture. After being over in Jordan, I see how much Israel is like North America. How people act and dress. Its nothing like Jordan. Of course Israel is a country all of its own. It’s a awesome country, but it doesn’t really have a culture. Its not middle eastern nor is it totally western. Its just kinda in-between. I still love it here, not for the culture, nor for the way things are here, but for the land.

Its great to be back. And its going to be a great fall!

New Hairstyle

Today is Friday! We walked down to the grocery store, to get groceries for Shabbat. It takes 1/2 hour to get there. The hill is too steep to walk up with groceries so we take the bus back up. The bus drivers are really nice. Gruff but nice. You get on, pay and sit down. No formalities, unless you know that person

A lovely day. It wasn’t really hot, and there was a breeze! A almost perfect summer morning. Especially at 7:45 in the morning.

My older brother gets back today from the goat farm. We get to see him for 1-2 days before he possibly goes back.

Today after my shower I got my Mom to try a new hairstyle.

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Its called French Twist

I got this idea from http://feelinfeminine.com/. It has some neat ideas.

Shabbat Shalom! Have a great Shabbat!

SUMMER!!!

It has been so hot here. It’s like you need a shower everyday, at the beginning and end of the day! Not that I do, but it is almost necessary to do so. But we’ll get through it. You go out in the morning and make sure you are some where cool by Noon. After 4:00 it is cooler so it is a bit more manageable and you can do the rest of things. Australia is no cooler in the summer so I shouldn’t complain.

It is still great to be here. I missed the bus transportation that we had to use while here last time. Trying to figure out what they’re trying to say and what we need to do, it makes you feel like you have accomplished something every time. Not at the time when it is happening but afterwards, when you look back on it.

It is just really good.

I haven’t been taking pictures. It has just been too hot to go out right now. So as of right now I don’t have any new pictures to post.

I am having an awesome time, and I would recommend a trip to Israel anytime. Except for in the middle of summer unless you want to spend all day in front of a fan. Smile 

Have a good summer! And for those in Australia and Oceania have a good winter. Enjoy the coolness before the heat hits.

Shabbat Is Almost Here

Shabbat is almost HERE! I am so excited! Yesterday we walked down to the grocery store to miss the rush on Fri.

Oh I forget to mention that we left Jerusalem earlier this week and have now moved to Afula. We are staying on top of Givat Moreh. This is where Gideon 300’s stood with the midianites below. You also get a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley, which has so many stories and references to it that I won’t name them all but I will put down one.

Hos 1:11  Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

This hill/mountain has a beautiful view of the valley.DSCF7983

We aren’t even 1/2 way down to the store yet. But all the valley is full of fields below. 

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Now back to my original subject. The walk down took 30 min and then we took the bus back up. I now wish I had a picture of all the grocery bags we came back with but I don’t. So just imagine enough food for six people to last until Monday or Tuesday. That is how much we had to hull up.

So we took the bus. Which was fun, and Dad lost his balance about 4 times going around tight turns and once he nearly fell over if it wasn’t for the strap he was hanging onto he would have. It was a good bus ride, and I am learning the importance of when coming to Israel or any country to at least learn the numbers in their language.

Well have a beautiful Shabbat.

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Packing!!

Today is final packing day! We will be heading to the Airport tonight after supper/tea at my Uncles house. We are having Pizzas!!

Here are some pictures of my what I pack in my backpack and what it looks like after. I also hope to remember to weigh it and post that too.

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Weight 17.5 kg

We will be going directly to Jerusalem, then up to Afula where we will be house sitting. Last time we were in Israel we camped about 1/2 – 3/4 of the time not always fun so this will be a different experience.

And Yesterday I got myself a tin flute (tin whistle, penny whistle, Irish whistle) So maybe while we are there I could learn how to play it. My sister is taking her actual flute, but my dad is leaving his drum behind. It will be so much more easier to walk with out it. And hopefully all we have to carry when we get there is the laptop and that all the carryon’s will go in backpack upon leaving the airport.

Advice anyone going there you can either rent a car, or take the bus. The bus (pronounced boos) system is very good. If you are way out there they may get far and few but there will always be buses from after sunset saturday until 2:00 Friday.

Will post about our trip when we get there and I have time.