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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

26 Oct

It’s a dark and stormy day here in Haifa. We had so much thunder and lightening last night – it didn’t make for the most restful sleep. At one point, there was such a loud clap of thunder that shook the building – I jumped out of bed and ran into the doorway because in my sleepy state, I thought it was an earthquake. The funny part was – two of my flatmates jumped out of bed too. We had a lovely 2 a.m. chat about the weather. Ha ha!  We currently have no power, though it flickers once in a while.

Outside of the rainy weather, all is well in Haifa. Yesterday, I went exploring with some friends. I ended up buying two pillows since the single one they provided when I checked into the dorm was incredibly flat! The two extra pillows were so nice last night – my new mountain of pillows was just what I needed. They were worth every penny!

After all our exploring most of the afternoon, my friend, Vicky and I went to a Halloween party hosted by the Haifa Young English Speakers group I joined before leaving the US. It was a fun group and we enjoyed meeting so many new people. The guy who hosted the party is actually headed to Reno tomorrow for a friend’s wedding! It’s amazing how small the world is.

Tonight the dorm social directors are hosting a Shabbat dinner for all the international students. I’m looking forward to seeing what Shabbat is all about. They are going to teach us the prayers they do too. It should be a nice evening. Outside of this, the majority of my weekend will be spend reading and catching up on homework. Fun, fun. What are you up to for your weekend?

Hip Haifa

19 Aug

The Bahai temple and gardens in Haifa. Photograph by Anthony Pidgeon

I apologize for the lack of posts lately – I have been buried at work and didn’t really have too much to say for now. I have about two weeks left in the office before fall travel starts. Between wrapping up work projects and trying to enjoy time with friends and family – time has been flying by!

We did hire someone to cover my position during my absence – my friend Johanna! She already works for USAC in the Student Information department but will be moving to Marketing on September 4th. We will be traveling together for the first two trips of September – I’m looking forward to traveling with someone! I’ll train her as we go and then we will have three days together in the office between trips. After that we split up to cover more fairs – I will have two more work trips before the end of the month. I am very happy that my schedule worked out so that my very last fair is at one of my favorite schools – Northern Illinois University. I didn’t plan it that way but I would have if I could! I’m really happy to be finishing work travel on such a great note.

I recently found an interesting group on Facebook – Haifa Young English Speakers. They host monthly beach barbecues, attend concerts and do cooking classes in their homes. They have a great list of English resources like – salons with English speaking staff, English speaking doctors and dentists, where to buy English newspapers (I loved the International Herald Tribune when I lived in Germany) and books, etc.  I joined their group and have already jumped into several interesting conversations. I even already made plans to meet up with several people for coffee my first weekend in Haifa!

So to apologize for such a boring post today I wanted to share a great article I found on Haifa on the Lonely Planet website (this is a different article than the one I posted on Facebook). It’s all about Haifa’s rebirth from a working class port city to a hip, progressive and inclusive city. Enjoy Hip Haifa.